Thursday, February 18, 2010

Garst Museum presents "Longtown Revisited" (February 21st)

Garst Museum will present the first lecture program in “The Year of Annie Oakley” on Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.

This lecture is titled, “LONGTOWN REVISITED”. And is a continuation of the history of this unique community . Last year Roane Smothers spoke, as did many members of the audience who had memories of Longtown. To learn more about this important part of Darke County history, there will be another lecture at Garst Museum given by Mr. Smothers about the Union Literary Institute. This is the institute that was established in 1846 as a vocational school by anti-slavery Quakers and free blacks who lived in the Longtown community. Fugitive slaves sometimes stayed long enough to learn how to read and write, before fleeing northward.

The lecture program at Garst Museum is free, the public is invited to attend on February 21 at 2:00 p.m. If the public enters by the side doors, there is no fee; however, entry by the front door on Broadway will require a paid admission (a bargain, as there are a lot of other exhibits to see!) Light refreshments will be available. For more information please call 937-548-5250.

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