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Local history on display

Heritage Day celebrates WC’s bygone times

August 23, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Volunteers were polishing and rearranging displays at the Depot Museum at Wilson Brewer Historic Park Wednesday afternoon. The group was getting ready for the annual Heritage Day, scheduled for Saturday at the park.

All of the historic buildings on the property will be open for viewing, according to volunteer Cheryl Patrou. Many of the displays, like the native American, the Humpy Fishing Lure and military uniform displays in the Depot have been updated since last year's event, Patrou said.

"We're getting new items in constantly,"?she said.

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A new Native American display, featuring arrowheads, tools, clothing and toys. While most of the display is tucked behind glass, volunteer Cheryl Patrou said there are many hands-on opportunities for visitors on Heritage Day Saturday.

While many of the displays in the Depot are fragile and exhibited behind glass, Patrou said this year there are many "hands on" displays.

"Children can pick up and hold the fur mittens or bear skin pillow, and lots of other items,"?she said.

The day will begin with a flea market, starting at 7 a.m. The buildings open at 9 a.m. and vintage and classic cars will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ?Patrou said Smiley the Train will give rides from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and old-fashioned games will be held for kids from 11 a.m. to noon.

Boy Scout Troop 17 will once again be serving lunch. The activity will be a fundraiser for the troop.

From 1 to 2 p.m., magician Larry Dunbar will present an show on the east side of the Depot Museum.

The Hamilton Heritage Hunters will be on hand to in the old courthouse to provide information.

The gift shop at the Depot will be open, according to Patrou, with a variety of items depicting Webster City history and scenes.



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