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Experience the past in downtown Elgin

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    Sevunte Walker, junior at Elgin High School, and Jade Broaders, EHS ACE club director, created boards for Local Lore. Look for the boards at 20 locations downtown and find out about the history of business activity during 1950s through the ‘70s.

History comes alive at the Depot Museum Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Elgin at Local Lore, Elgin’s History Adventure. Activities are intended for all ages, with a special focus on young people and helping them learn about and experience the history of Elgin. From making a cloth doll, to using a rotary telephone, items that are not part of daily life today will be available for the public to use and experience. Games of the past include hula hoops, checkers, pick-up sticks, marbles and more.

Live music throughout the day will feature Patty Finney, Javier Chaparro, Must Be Judged (Marla Jensen), Nancy Scott, Sarah Page and Jim Wyly and the Elgin Middle School choir. See page 2A for more details about the music line-up.

Walking tours of the Historic District will be provided throughout the day, including a new tour featuring highlights of the businesses in operation from 1950’s to 1970’s downtown, with research and materials compiled by Debbie Cartwright. Some tours will include architectural details, such as the prism glass featured at 119 North Main Street and leaded glass at 34 North Main Street, as well as business uses including the Simon’s Department Store and McGee Brothers Shoe and Upholstery repair. Vintage cars, trucks and farm equipment will be on display.

In case of inclement weather, the activities will be provided in the museum.

In addition to Local Lore, the Pearls of Youth Art Show will be open at The Clever Tiger. The Elgin Main Street program, Historical Association and Elgin Walmart sponsor the Local Lore event, which was created by two local Girl Scouts, Lana and Mollie, for their Silver Award project. Children in Scouting can participate in several activities that apply towards badges at various levels. Brownie Girl Scouts will be able to complete most of the items required for the Celebrating

Community Badge.