Friday, January 2, 2015

The Year in Review

2014  in Review 

Our year at the Historical Society just “flew by.” So to review: ( I am sure I have left out something so my apologies in advance….)

December/November  The Museum and Mike Neal’s windows were  decorated and won the Garden Club Holiday award. (Way to go Esther and Committee!)  Rick Kelshemeir presented a program on his new book, Union South, about the effect of the civil war in this part of the country. This  prompted our researchers to check out the copperhead activity in this County.  (You will be reading about that next week)
Nancy King presented the last program (Old Faces-New Ideas) in the Fall Lunch and Learn Series. All three programs, including the ones in November (Antique Roadshow-Junk in your Trunk) and October (Bitz of Glitz- What’s In Your Jewelry Box? ) were well attended and everyone commented on the food, decorations, and content of the programs.  In all over 150 ladies enjoyed the soup and salad (and special holiday meal.)   

October The Curry Brothers once again gave Black History bus tours around the county.  All tours were sold out for the second year in a row. Phil Lewis gave a program titled “The quilts of the Underground Railroad” to another standing- room only crowd.

September Ann Marie Marx of Jewelcraft presented a program on Wabash Pearls and for the first time ever, our meeting room was too small.  

August  A Carry-in Picnic at the Park in the  Lanterman Pavilion  was enjoyed by the membership. A tour of Pepple School was given.

July President Mike Neal led the discussion at the Business meeting. The Civil War researchers continued their biographies of soldiers from the county.  Photos continued to be added.  Obituaries for Cemeteries are gathered.

June The first Photo contest was held on June 14. The photos were so good we made a calendar to sell. (Sold out with two weeks!)  Members took a tour of the Crawford County museum.

May (actually June 1) The George Bopp Memorial to honor the only Lawrence County Police Officer killed in the line of duty ) 125 years ago) was held at the Sumner Cemetery. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s office, Boy Scouts, Cunningham Funeral Home, and descendants assisted. (Wet but Wonderful)

April  82-  2nd graders visited Pepple School and learned about school long ago.  Work began cleaning the second floor at the museum. John Hamilton began writing articles for the newsletter. 

March The Wedding show was a HUGE success.  We said “yes to the dress”  40 times! And served cake and punch to over 250 guests.    The monthly program was held at St Francisville church to see the beautiful stained glass windows.

February  We added the interior staircase to the second floor at the museum.  Frederick Douglas (aka Steven Cole) spoke at the high school auditorium. We debuted our new website  with its interactive tour of the downtown square and history of the businesses there. (Thanks, Ellen!)

January  Planning started for the wedding show event.  We attended the LTHS auction and brought home Georgine Lyon’s library desk/counter. Denny Jackman wrote about the Kinsmen in the Newsletter.

I am sure I have left out something so my apologies if I did….Our society family began the year with 30 family memberships (60 people) and 52 individual memberships. All told the volunteers racked up over 9000 hrs + of service doing research, creating displays, talking to visitors,  creating the blog and website, working on committees etc.  

WOW What a year! Isn’t this amazing what we have accomplished?  And for those of us who participated, what fun we had! Why don’t you become a part of all of this?  Join today!