2018 History Dinner Series covers canals, Kennedy and more PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 February 2018 15:51



Four interesting subjects are scheduled for the 2018 History Dinner Series at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.

Tickets are $20 per evening or $75 for the series and are now on sale at the Museum’s gift shop. The Scott County Historical Society is sponsoring the series to benefit the museum.

The first speaker will be Jeffery A. Koehler on Friday, March 16. Koehler will talk about the Wabash-Erie Canal system and how state officials’ plans to connect Indiana cities by canals were upset by the introduction of trains.

Ray Boomhowser has a great talk set for Friday, May 18. Many in Scott County can still recall the local visit made by Presidential aspirant Robert Kennedy prior to the 1968 Democrat Primary. Boomhowser will talk about Kennedy, who lost his chance to follow in his big brother’s footsteps to the Presidency because of his assassination in California that year.

The practice of grave robbing will be vividly brought to life by Maggie Delaney on Friday, July 6. At the turn of the 19th century and beyond, medical schools often paid for corpses, some freshly exhumed from cemeteries after being buried by their families.

The fourth and final presentation will bring to life Samuel Clemens, well-known as 19th Century author Mark Twain. Ron Atkins, a retired high school teacher, has studied Twain’s life and his writings for years. Atkins has traveled several times to Clemens’ boyhood home in Hannibal, Mo., and to the Twain mansion in Connecticut, now a museum devoted to the man who created classic American literature and characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Call 812-752-1050 or visit the museum at 1050 South Main Street, Scottsburg, to obtain tickets to each performance. Home-made meals prepared by museum volunteers will be served to ticket-holders.