Henry County Heritage Trust Met

Written by Theresa Rose on June 17, 2015

The Henry County Heritage Trust board met Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the Heritage Center [old Saunders School building] for their regular monthly meeting. In attendance: Terry McNair, vice president; Waunita Gibbons, secretary; Pat White, treasurer; Sheila Allender; Lea Bradley and John Harnagel. Director of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, Jeff Meyer, attended as a guest. The meeting was held in the Donald E. Young Memorial Room.

Status reports were given on the buildings – Saunders School and the Van Allen House – and the following topics were discussed:

Several members of the MPHS Class of 1960 visited on June 13th. They especially enjoyed the 1950s scale model of the town square, crafted by Jim Weedon, husband of classmate Jo Sutton Weedon.

Jeff Meyer described a new book he and John Hendrickson are writing about Mt. Pleasant history. He thanked the Board for contributions, especially of photographs, which are now being scanned. Publication is planned for early 2017, with a dedication to Donald Young.

Dan McCall, Iowa Wesleyan College student intern, is making great progress sorting the Henry County rural school records and the vast book collection of Donald E. Young.

Two special donations were received from Country Club on the River: A 1930s photo, depicting high water on the Skunk River and a crossed-oars wall hanging, which hung for decades inside their clubhouse.

The next slide show presentation of historic Mt. Pleasant places and memorabilia will be given to residents at Sunnybrook on July 8th at 2:00. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Trivial Pursuit Night, on June 29th, now has twelve sponsors. Each sponsorship for a table of eight is $250; there is space for two more tables. Sheila Allender will provide an Italian Dinner Buffet for a Free Will Offering. Lea Bradley is the contact person.

The next meeting of the HCHT board is July 21st, 6:30 p.m., Donald E. Young Memorial Room at the Heritage Center [old Saunders School building], 203 N. White Street. The public is welcome to attend.