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Local Lore attendees brave rainy weather

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    Andrew Guerra (left) and Zoey Casales (right) make their own cloth dolls. Photos by Mary Lou Gil
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    Andrew Guerra (left) and Zoey Casales (right) dress up in old-fashioned outfits.

Despite the rainy weather, people still came outside to enjoy children’s activities and listen to live music at Local Lore on Saturday at the Elgin Depot Museum.

The children's booths included activities such as dressing up and learning how to make a cloth.

There was also a video slide played throughout the event, showing pictures taken by people who grew up in Elgin in the early 1900’s and continue to live here today. The video was put together by T. Berry, a member of the Elgin Historical Association, who also volunteered his time for the event. The video displayed many wonderful memories of the past and put a smile on the faces of its viewers.

Viewers like Glen and Pat Morrison often made comments such as, “I remember that!” Glen shared some of his stories growing up here in Elgin. He was born in 1938, he graduated in 1957, and he made many great memories; he said his father, Charles Morrison, owned a Texaco stop that Glen helped with by driving a gasoline truck.

The Local Lore event consisted of a walking tour of downtown Elgin, led by Elgin community development director Amy Miller. On the walk, she took people to visit all the old buildings of Elgin. She said that downtown Elgin was designated a historic district in 1991.

Everyone that participated in the fun-filled Local Lore went away knowing the rich history of Elgin.