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Updated: 06.02.2002

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Saturday, June 8, 2002

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Donations will benefit the Villisca Public Library Exterior Restoration Fund


June 8, 2002 ~ Saturday

9:00-11:00 a.m. ~ History Forum, Rialto Theater, Villisca, Iowa*

Hosted by former television broadcaster Mary Brubaker. 

"Villisca, June 1912: Strangers in Town," presented by historian Dr. Edgar Epperly

"Private Detectives and the Villisca Murder Investigation," presented by historian Roy Marshall

"Slay Utterly: Reverend George Kelly's Confession," presented by historian Dr. Bruce Stillians

(Please note that no video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)


9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ~ Farming and Automotive history on the square.

The only remaining 1911 brick street on Villisca’s public square will provide the setting for a display of "old iron"--vintage fire engines and fire fighting equipment. This tribute to America’s firefighters will remind visitors of sacrifice and service in the recent and distant past.  Crossing the street, visitors will find a collection of antique farm tractors and implements furnished by local restorers and collectors.


11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ~ Historical Display, Community Building, Villisca, Iowa*

Villisca’s Community building will house a local history display featuring a collection of World War II and military memorabilia and photographs; and a Montgomery County history display.  Was one of your relatives questioned before the 1912 Coroner's Inquest or the 1917 Grand Jury?  Find out by leafing through copies of thousands of pages of historical documents provided by the Villisca Historic Commission (part of Villisca's Local Certified Government Commission).  The Coroner's Inquest, the Grand Jury Signed Statements, and the complete 1917 Grand Jury transcript will be available for visitors to peruse.  These copies will also be available for study in Villisca's Public Library on an ongoing basis.


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ~ Villisca Community Center*

The Villisca Advent Christian Church will be selling healthy sack lunches.  At $4/each you get a choice of ham and cheese or turkey sandwich, chips, fruit, bar cookie and beverage.  Grab one before you head over to Red Oak for the Courthouse tour.


Noon-1:00 p.m. ~ Montgomery County Courthouse tour, Coolbaugh Street, Red Oak, Iowa.*

Certified Local Government Commission Chair Jacky Adams will conduct a tour of Montgomery County's historic court house, Montgomery County Historical Society Vice-President Don Rogerson will discuss county history, and historian Dr. Edgar Epperly will summarize the sensational Villisca murder and slander trials of 1916 and 1917.

(Meet at the Courthouse entrance at 11:55 a.m. No video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)


6:00-7:00 p.m. ~ Villisca Public Library, 203 S. 3rd Avenue, Villisca, Iowa*

Villisca Public Library "open house" featuring the Senator Frank Jones collection.


6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. ~ Informal benefit dinner, Community Building, Villisca, Iowa

Organized by Branch 4373--Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood. Matching funds available. Proceeds will benefit the Villisca Public Library Exterior Restoration Fund.

Villisca Public Library Fundraising Dinner open to the public.  Call 712/826-5816 for reservations; give your name, number in party, and choice of entree--seating is limited.  $10/pp, $6/children 12 and under.   Menu: Pork loin or roasted chicken, hot rolls, baked potato, salad bar, dessert bar, coffee, tea and lemonade.

(Please note:  Because food is ordered ahead of time, should you reserve and then cancel, you will still be expected to pay for your meal.)


8:30-9:30 p.m. ~ Villisca Town Square, Villisca, Iowa*

Ragtime at Twilight, an open-air piano concert featuring Iowa's own Marty Mincer.  A special outdoor screening of Buttermilk Skies: Lost Footage of 1940s Villisca (in color) will follow.  BYOB (bring your own blanket...or lawn chair...and don't forget the "skeeter" spray).  Villisca Mayor Leland Carmichael will welcome visitors and introduce the program.  Old-fashioned ice cream and refreshments will be sold on the Square during the concert by the Villisca Advent Christian Church.


*A $1 per person donation will be requested for public events in Villisca and Red Oak and proceeds will be donated to the Villisca Public Library exterior restoration fund.


9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ~ Olson-Linn Museum and Moore Murder House, Villisca, Iowa**

323 East 4th Street, Darwin and Martha Linn 712-826-2756.

Fee: $5/per person ~ Tours start at the Museum (10 people maximum per tour).  Friday & Sunday night lamplight tours by reservation only.

June 9, 2002, Saturday 4:30-6:45 p.m. "The History of the House" supper/program at The Bank in Villisca ($15/per person).

**Organized by the Olson-Linn Museum.

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