Putnam County Museum announces annual meeting and gala

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

August 1 is the date of the Putnam County Museum's Annual Meeting and Gala, to be held at Depauw University's Union Building Ballroom.

The public is welcome as the museum celebrates the achievements of its past year, announces plans for the new year and elects its new officers.

The event commences at 5 p.m. with an appetizer buffet, cash wine bar and the now famous silent auction. The auction will feature the work of local artists including Peeler pieces; an item hand-spun and woven by the Putnam County Spinners and Weavers; coffee table quality books such as 84 Magnificent Courthouses of Indiana; and Wildflowers of Indiana by Mary Rose and Fred Sampler; the fainting couch that has been on display at the museum (yes, the very one that Madam Bhutto sat on at the Bode's house); a Kenmore console sewing machine with all the attachments; Royal Worcester hand-painted freezer-to-oven casserole dishes; and much, much more.

The public is invited to the gala; the public is also invited to donate treasures from the attic and basement for which a new home has long been desired. All gifts to the silent auction must be either delivered to the museum by July 15 or a pick-up call made to the museum by that date.

Guest speaker is Dr. Tom Hamm, who will commence his talk on "The Role of Quakers in Indiana History" at 6:30 p.m. Hamm teaches history and is archivist at Earlham College. He is a noted Quaker scholar and well-published on the subject. Dr. Hamm has a valid interest in Putnam County--his ancestors (Butchers, Davidsons and Stewarts by name) were early settlers here.

The price is $20 per person. Reservations must be received by July 24 and checks made out to the Putnam County Museum (credit cards are accepted). The museum phone number is 653-8419; the address, 1105 N. Jackson St., Greencastle, IN 46135.

The Putnam County Museum's Annual Meeting and Gala is a fun time at which museum supporters have an opportunity to share their enthusiasm and socialize with those who appreciate the unique and valuable contribution the museum makes to the community.

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