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June 27, 2010

Historical information highlighted during Covered Bridge Days

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Martha Starmann (right), president of the St. Joseph County Historical Society (SJCHS) instructs Marilyn Ramp of Centreville how to locate her home on old maps.

Four historical societies joined forces during Covered Bridge Days in Centreville on Saturday (Jaune 26th) to provide historical information and a slide show presentation to the public.

The Centreville St. Joseph County Historical Society invited the Gov. John S. Barry Society of Constantine, the St. Joseph County Genealogical Society of White Pigeon,and the Abiel Fellows Chapter of the DAR from Three Rivers to set up information booths.

Barry Society President Bob Ray, along with member, photographer George Murphy, compiled shots of the Constantine museum to present in a slide show. The museum is owned by the Village of Constantine. Free tours are conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. For information on the Barry Society contact Ray at (269) 435-7160. The society website is http://www.constantinemi.com/source/historical_society.htm.

The Genealogical Society meets the third Saturday of the month at Constantine Township Library from 10 a.m. til noon. The group provides programs, round table discussions, workshops and field trips, and includes guest speakers on many genealogical topics.  A popular field trip coming up in August is a tour of the Underground Railroad in Schoolcraft.  For information contact Pres. Judy Spencer at 279-7880. The society website is www.famgen.net/sjcgs.

Katherine Langworthy, a highly-respected historian from Three Rivers, manned the table for the DAR.  A website with information on DAR chapters is www.michigandar.org/chapters. It provides a list of 55 local chapters, organized by city with E-mail links, and also includes membership information, genealogical resources and DAR genealogical workshops.

Katherine Langworthy, a highly respected historian from Three Rivers, manned the table for the Abiel Fellows Chapter of the DAR on Saturday at the St. Joseph County Historical Society (SJCHS.)

The St. Joseph County Historical Society operates two museums, the Centreville Klesner Hotel Museum and the White Pigeon Land Office. Meetings and programs are held monthly and they are on Facebook. The Centreville museum is open Monday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For information call (269) 503-0196 or 483-7122.

Source:  Story and photos contributed by Angie Birdsall


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