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The MCHS held it's 2012 version of the Annual Meeting on September 20, 2012. It was a beautiful night for the event which we held again at the always lovely Red Rock Center. Tami's on the Ave catered for us with a very delicious meal and the St. Paul's Lutheran Youth Group worked as our servers. There was an excellent powerpoint presentation that reviewed all of the past year for the MCHS. Fairmont native Pat Garry was the evening's speaker whose talk was entitled "Reflections of Home" and centered on his memories of Fairmont and Martin County and how they influenced his career as an Attorney, Law Professor, Constitutional Law Expert, and Author. Board members Randy Musser, Bob Katzenberger, and Jan Bremer saw their terms expire after 6 years of excellent work. Tom Johanneck, Karen Helvig, and Loren Dunham were officially nominated and elected to take the open spots on the Board of Directors. The evening event turned out very well; thank you very much to all who attended and who helped make the event a success!
The 3rd annual Lakesters/MCHS Car Show was held this past July 21. Despite the dreary weather we had everal cool cars and trucks, both classic and modern, on display at the SMEC Parking Lot. We also had some classic tractors and scooters make it to the show as well! The Lakesters again tackled the food and served up hearty hamburgers and hot dogs. Another great turn out for another fantastic event! Thank you to everyone who brought their cars, visited, or helped; especially the Lakesters Car Club!
Two more great interview presentations, this time with Fairmonters Fred Wollschlager who served in the Pacific, and Leo Mau, who served in Europe. Again thank you to Ernie and Sandy (the interviewers) and Fred and Leo (the interviewees). For those who missed the presentation, feel free to come down to the museum where we can set up our TV cart for any who'd like to watch!
Mildred Brodt, a long time resident of Fairmont, presented her story of her time in World War Two to many viewers in May of 2012 as recorded by the MCHS as part of our Veteran Video Project. Mildred was on hand to answer questions and add more insight to her experiences for our viewers. This was an excellent event with many people in attendance, the MCHS would like to thank Mildred, our other interviewees, and volunteers Ernie and Sandy Nuss for their work on this project.
The museum was again open this memorial day in conjunction with the activities held by our friends at the Red Rock Center. Several people came out to enjoy their food and festivities, explore the museum, and check out the progress at the Pioneer Parsonage! A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this a memorable Memorial Day and to the Red Rock Center for allowing us to be a part of their activities.
In April of 2012 the MCHS held an appreciation day for the many volunteers that help us in a myriad of ways. Many came to partake of the cookies, coffee, and conversation. The Pioneer Parsonage was open also for visitors to check out. The MCHS would not, at all, be what it is today without the efforts of past, present, and future volunteers. One day does not do justice to what everyone has provided and done for us. A special thank you to all who find time and use their talents to aid the MCHS! Also a thank you goes out to Hy-Vee for the cookies.
The 5th annual Cabin Fever Card Party was another success for the Martin County Historical Society. Nearly 60 bridge and 500 players came to the museum for the event. Those who wanted to avoid the troubles of parking took full advantage of our Valet Parking service. The event began with the serving of beverages and several pieces of delicious cake, homebaked by volunteers. A drawing was also held for many of our books and calendars. After the preliminary activities the players got down to business! Thank you to all who attended and helped with the event!
This year's Walking Tour featured a change in venue as we entertained many of the county's 5th graders at Heritage Acres. 10 classes of students experienced early Fairmont history through interactions with 6 historical stations with knowledgeable actors and volunteers. This year actors portrayed Livery Stable owner John Allison, Mercantilist Robert J. Wallace, Sentinel Founder Frank A. Day, Sweet Shop Proprietor Gus Boosalis, Pioneer Doctor Walter J. Richardson, and Civil War Veteran/Martin County Settler George Osborn. The tour was another great success and the MCHS would like to thank the students/teachers for participating, the actors for their great job presenting the information, and Heritage Acres for their hospitality, volunteers, and willingess to help!
Sweet Financial held a luncheon for their Veteran clients in celebration of Veterans Day. The MCHS was happy to host the event! We had our Martin County at War powerpoint and one of our new Veteran Interviews going for presentations. The veterans and their families were invited to enjoy the museum as well. It was an excellent day; thank you Sweet Financial for bringing this to the museum and thanks to the Veterans for coming and for their service!