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Vigo County bicentennial birthday event June 23

200 years ago the early settlers peered out of the dense virgin forest at the area that would eventually become Vigo County. Having reached this important benchmark it seems important that we recognize this special 200th year landmark.

To do this a special Vigo County Bicentennial Birthday event is being planned for Saturday, June 23 at the Vigo County Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This is a collaborative event involving the Vigo County Historical Society (VCHS), Community Theatre (CT), and the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society (WVGS).

This special day will consist of three special events: the Genealogy Hotspot sponsored by the WVGS; Vigo County Vignettes sponsored by CT; and a keynote address, “Be It Enacted... 1818 and the beginnings of Vigo County,” by Hal Johnston.

The Genealogy HotSpot will take place in the Special Collections area of the Vigo County Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The purpose of the Genealogy HotSpot is to guide and help patrons in their own genealogical research. Patrons are to sign up in advance in the Special Collections area of the VCPL for a specific time to meet with a WVGS volunteer who has expertise in various areas of research. Each patron receives an information packet and other materials and has a chance to win an autosomal DNA kit.

Participants must be present to win at the drawing at 3:15 p.m. in rooms A, B, C, Lower Level of VCPL.

The Vigo County Vignettes: 200 years will take place in rooms A, B, and C in the lower level of the VCPL at 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. The purpose of the vignettes is to bring alive the history of Vigo County with actresses and actors in period costume who portray historical figures that were part of Vigo County history. Patrons attending the “Vigo Vignettes” will also have a chance to win an autosomal DNA kit. Participants must be present to win at the drawing at 3:15 p.m. in rooms A, B, C, Lower Level of VCPL. This should be a fun, entertaining and educational event for all ages.

Keynote Speaker, Hal Johnston will take a look at the politics, economy and society of the rough and raw frontier state of Indiana and the formation of a brand-new county. Hal Johnston was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has a BA degree from ISU and a JD degree from Indiana University law school. Hal is also a 30 year veteran of the armed forces and a retired Lieutenant Colonel. His presentation will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Rooms A, B & C in the lower level.

Refreshments will be available. For more information on this program and other WVGS offerings, check the WVGS website at: www.inwvgs.org.

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