Museum news | Mclean County

In last week’s article, I mentioned Community Easter Sunrise Services in different parts of the county in 1969, where pastors from different churches attended together.

I heard about Bro. Larry Birkhead, who said, “In the spring of 1969 I was pastoring Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, and if I remember correctly, we were involved in the Easter Sunrise with Beech Grove Christian, maybe to be others. Yes brother. Birkhead, that year there was an Easter sunrise service at Beech Grove Christian Church, which was “sponsored by the various churches in the Beech Grove community”.

Others mentioned in the newspaper that year included an Easter sunrise service at UMC in Calhoun, with pastors from the Baptist, Christian and Methodist churches attending the service. And an Easter sunrise service titled “Memories of Holy Week” was presented through scripture and music at Livermore UMC.

The service consisted of the Reverend Charles Bennett, pastor, reading scriptures relating to the last week of Christ’s life and his resurrection, and the choir singing familiar Holy Week hymns. Miss Lenora Hicks was the manager.

A week and a half ago, the museum lost a good friend and volunteer with the passing of Larry Scott.

When WCK-FRA closed and the McLean County History Museum and Regional Family Research Center acquired all of their records, books, filing cabinets, etc., Larry and his brother, David “Mickey “Scott have moved everything from Owensboro down. at the old Red Light Research Center in Calhoun. It was about 10 years ago.

Then, two years ago, Larry and David stepped in again, when we needed their help, to move all of these items and more into the new addition that was added to the museum.

Yes, there was a lot of volunteer help on moving day (mostly from Beech Grove…thanks Beech Grove!), who brought all the bookcases, filing cabinets and most books, but after that day Larry and David continued to move objects every day for a good two to four weeks…maybe more.

There were desks, boxes, tables, etc., which they kept moving to the new location, and I never heard a single complaint. And Larry also pitched in to help run errands between the treasure house and the help desk to deliver items, as needed.

We were happy to see Larry last month when he attended our program where Mr. Richard Kolodey spoke about his time in World War II. Larry’s service at Muster was very pleasant. Since he was a quiet man, I was happy to learn more about him during the service. Larry, we will miss you!

The museum and treasure house are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – the museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the treasure house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are located at 540 Main Street, Calhoun, and our number is 270-499-5033. Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

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