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Open for business. Historical Society launches new era
Saved from the rubble - these books were stacked on the bottom of the flatbed.
Jerrald Chandler and Judge Hunter Whitesell at Open House.
Sheri Roberts and granddaughter Ella VanHorn
The Historical Society's Chicken Festival rooster.
Historical Society members enjoyed showing off the new facility.
WPSD Local 5 TV reporter Elizabeth Fields interviews Society President Ivan Potter.

From packed on the bottom of a flatbed trailer to standing proudly side by side, marriage bonds in over sized books have come a long way in time but a few short blocks in distance from their old home to the new.

The Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society hosted over sixty guests on Saturday, April 26, 2014. With Chicken Festival activities in full swing across the street, Society members showed guests around their expanded facilities. Hickman District Judge Hunter Whitesell and local newsman and historian Jerrald Chandler visited during the event. Chandler was extensively quoted in the most recent historical society book “The Golden Age of Hickman County.”

Also visiting was Ella VanHorn, below right, with her grandparents Tommy and Sheri Roberts. Ella made sure that Grandma Sheri didn’t let go of her hand during the visit - except to snack on a cookie.

On Friday, Society President Ivan Potter hosted a WPSD Local 6 television team, regaling Elizabeth Fields and a WPSD cameraman with stories of how the miracle of going from a fallen building to a new home in a little over a year came about. Potter even took the crew to the hole in the ground that was once the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society’s home.

The journey from fallen building to flatbed trailer to a new home is a chapter in the story of the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of history in the Jackson Purchase.

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