History buffs share stories during museum talk

Museum board member and volunteer Delite Dukart, at left, shared stories she has heard from locals about items housed in the museum. Dukart led the Sunday afternoon talk, with those in the group sharing stories as well. Also pictured are Jill Kountz, Ann Marie Davis, Linda Bruski and Dave Covert.

By Kay Johnson

  History buffs who gathered at the Prairie County Museum Sunday afternoon were treated to fond, and some not so fond recollections of visiting an eye doctor and a dentist during Terry’s earlier years, as well as stories behind a baby carriage, water fountain and Professor Grandey’s little black book — all items showcased in the main hall of the museum.

Jan Just holds up Professor Grandey’s
black book that hides an ashtray.

The gathering was the second in a two-week period where locals and visitors were encouraged to tour the museum grounds and share their memories of Terry’s past. Museum board member and volunteer Delite Dukart told the gathering that the memories shared will be written down and used to help tour guides as they walk visitors through the museum.
The museum’s summer hours will kick off Memorial Day weekend — setting off its busiest time of year. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday except Tuesday, when it is closed, the museum is generally staffed with two volunteers each day. Weekend hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The summer hours last through Labor Day. There are about 20 museum volunteers.
Museum board member and volunteer Ruth Franks explained to those gathered Sunday that tour guides are encouraged to initially greet visitors by having them sign the guest book. From there, guides generally point out the hardwood and marble that encompasses much of the museum’s main hall.
Eighty-nine year-old Dave Covert, who has lived most of his life in Terry, was one of those who shared a few stories Sunday afternoon with the group. He prefaced one of his stories by explaining, “You know, I’m a newcomer to Terry,” which was greeted with a round of laughter. Covert moved to Terry in 1946.
As stories were being told, Suzanne Thomason remarked on the benefits to volunteering at the museum.
“The fun thing about working here is that the people who come here have stories to share too,” said Thomason.
Those interested in sharing a history piece with the museum may contact Delite Dukart.
Published May 8, 2013
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