The Louisiana Area Historical Museum will present its annual fall banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Seton Center, 510 North Third St. in Louisiana. This year’s program will feature W. T. Johnson of Palmyra, an educator, living historian, and master storyteller who will be sharing the story of the Underground Railroad.
Over the years Johnson has reenacted several historical African Americans including Frederick Douglass, Dred Scott, Father Augustus Tolton, and even a woman (Cathy Williams, who had masqueraded as a man to enlist in the Union Army.) He states that “my goal in performing is to tell a story and encourage those who hear it to go out and learn more about that subject.”
A musical interlude will feature a group of area musicians with the group “Just Strings.” Their leader is Katie Schisler on third violin, Joanna Brock and Ashley Ayers on cello, and Robert Glass and Emily Ayers on first violin. Museum board member Juanita Thomas is also a member of that ensemble. Once again various raffles will be held as part of this fundraising event.
The Louisiana Area Historical Museum, located at 304 Georgia Street, offers programs and exhibits of early artifacts from Louisiana and the Midwest. Admission is free. The museum is a Buffalo Township United Fund agency, and exists through the generous donations of local residents, volunteers, and visitors. The annual banquet serves as an additional fund-raiser for the museum as well as a public service in making available noteworthy speakers and entertainment to the community.
Tickets are currently available from any of the following museum board members: Linda Beer, Randall Cone, Sally Cropp, Ned Glenn, Doris Greene, John Murray, Trent Meyers, Ann Narramore, Judy Schmidt, Jerry Smith, Martha Sue Smith, Juanita Thomas, Barry Trost, and Dorothy Webb. More information is available by calling Board President Martha Sue Smith at (573) 754-4443.