Sunday, September 19, 2021

You need to know the (Iowa history) territory ....

I've been admiring this week a new "pop-up" display at the Lucas County Historical Society Museum, prepared and distributed by the State Historical Society of Iowa in preparation for our state's 175th birthday, upcoming on Dec. 28.

The state society produced 300 of these light-weight cardboard four-panel displays for distribution to interested organizations across the state. Kylie Dittmer, a Lucas County Historical Society board member who also serves on the State Historical Society board, brought ours down from Des Moines and assembled it early in the week and it will remain on display in the Lewis Building's Perkins Room at least through the 2022 season.

So you're invited to stop in to take a look --- and learn quite a bit about Iowa history in an easily digestible format. We're open 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and just about any other time by appointment. Admission's free.

The displays were distributed free of charge to qualifying organizations that applied and I'm not sure if any still are available in case your organization missed the early boat --- but a call to the State Historical Society would answer that question. The application form is available online at the state society's web site.

And while we're about it this morning, here's a reminder that the 17th annual Chariton Cemetery Heritage Tour begins at 4 p.m. today. Admission's free. Assemble in the far northwest corner of the cemetery keeping in mind that the driveway through the presentation site will be blocked while it's in progress.

Looks like it's going to be a beautiful ---  if somewhat warm --- day for the event.

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