The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — New events have just been planned for the Union County Historical Society’s 18th-century farm property. Rural Heritage Days will move to Saturday, July 12 in 2014 and will be held the second Saturday of July thereafter. The activities of “Children’s Day” like the well-loved games, animal exhibits, corn dolly making, and pony rides, will be added to next year’s Saturday agenda.
The Rural Heritage Day theme for 2014 will be “Learning” and will highlight apprenticeships; the traditions of passing down information by word of mouth and example; one-room school education and early academies; Chautauqua tent gatherings that came to the area and fairs; early Sunday school organizations as well as major institutions of learning such as New Berlin’s Union Seminary and Central College. The “Learning” theme will be carried out in many ways at Rural Heritage Days including an exhibit at the Dale/Engle/Walker House in the summer and fall months of 2014. One factor in making the date change is that many of Rural Heritage Days student interns are called back to pre-fall school programs and are having a harder time participating in the popular mid-August event, according to event chair, Deb Wehr.
The current exhibits at the Dale house include an extensive one on “18th-20th-century water-powered gristmills in Union County” and a special “Bicentennial exhibit on items from the county’s first century.” The house is open Sunday afternoons through October. The first tour starts at 2 p.m. and the last tour at 3:30 p.m.