Fayette History Day planned 11.11.09

Written by David Green.

It’s been a few years since Fayette observed a History Day.

That means the event planned Saturday at the Fayette Opera House isn’t the first such celebration, but it’s a long time coming and it probably won’t be the last.

“Many of us believe it should become an annual event,” said Kathleen Fix of the new Fayette Historic Preservation Group.

The public is welcome to participate in the Fayette history day events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organizers are hoping to learn from guests as well as educate those who visit.

Exhibits and displays of photographs and memorabilia will be shown, along with a video of Fayette’s 125th anniversary. That video and other DVDs of local history will be shown throughout the day.

A free timeline of Fayette’s early historic events will be available to take. 

The event will also celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of John and Wanda Bacon. Cake and punch will be served in their honor.

Fix especially wants to hear stories about people’s connections to the village.

“Come to tell your personal stories about living in our rural community, remembering by-gone days,” she said. “Share your stories about your families, the railroads, the wars, the Great Depression, and the community as you have come to know it.”

Discussing the past and its ties to the present will show “what a great rural town we have today,” she said, noting its many business, services and attractions.

Guests will be able to buy lunch at the Opera House and copies of Vivien Ford’s “The First One Hundred Years” will be on sale for $3 each, with all proceeds going to the Fayette Opera House. 

To arrange for items to be displayed at the event, or to reserve a table for an   exhibit, call Kathy Fix at 419/237-2418.  

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