Fayette County Museum offering historical programs

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Local residents seeking a way to support the Fayette County Museum will be able to accomplish that and enjoy three historical programs at the same time.

The series, titled “People You Know Or People You Wish You Had Known,” will kick off with the first program on Saturday, Sept. 19. That program will feature a speaker on “Presidential Wit & Humor.” It will include “notes, quotes and anecdotes on chief executives” by Robert Cook, an adjunct faculty member of the Southwestern Illinois College speakers’ bureau.

A humorous – yet instructive – look at American presidents, vice-presidents and want-to-be presidents, the program includes observations on Congress, the courts, the press and the presidency itself. The office of vice president is also examined. The program concludes with examples of presidential wit, both on and off the campaign trail.

All events in the series will be held in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia. The programs begin at 7 p.m. and will include refreshments following the show. Tickets are sold in a package for all three shows for $30.

The second program in the series will be on Nov. 7, when Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon will present “An Evening With Mary Todd Lincoln.” A history teacher, Kay gives a dramatic presentation about Mrs. Lincoln. The program will roughly coincide with the Lincolns’ Nov. 4, 1842, wedding anniversary.

The final installment in the series will be on Jan. 23, when storyteller Patty Winn of Effingham will present a program titled “Lines From Lucy, Excerpts From Erma and Pitter From Patty.”

The collections of the Fayette County Museum have been located in the old Presbyterian Church building at 301 W. Main St. for the past 30 years. Operating expenses are covered by memberships, donations and fund-raising activities.

For more information, call 283-4866.