Museum offering Labor Day weekend activities


Several special activities have been planned for Labor Day weekend at the Jennings County Historical Museum, 134 E. Brown St., Vernon.

Those activities include a PowerPoint presentation about the history of labor from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 1, and visitors also may have their photos taken with Roddie the Railroad Man or Rosie the Riveter. The museum and the Victorian pattern home and the working blacksmith shop will be open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2.

The small Victorian pattern house served as a railroad office and was owned by Eldo Hicks, who along with his four sons engineered railroad bridges from the late 1880s to about 1910. The building was restored and dedicated in April 2009.

Visitors may place bids for items in a silent auction, which supports operations for the museum. That auction will end at 4 p.m. Oct. 3. The museum, located across from the Jennings County Courthouse, also is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday each week.

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