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FunFest Activities at Center for History


The North Manchester Center for History is open to the public with free admission during North Manchester’s FunFest by the River.  Open hours are Friday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Center currently has several special exhibits to view.  Buried Treasures presents items found during the downtown construction project the last two summers.  Items found in vaults under the sidewalk are on display, as well as photographs of former underground entrances to several buildings.  The Oppenheim Legacy:  A Perfect Fit for North Manchester for 125 Years continues, with photographs and artifacts from the Oppenheim store and family.  The Miller Collection of hundreds of antique tools and farm implements is also on display.


The Center for History hosts travelling exhibits from the Indiana Historical Society three times each year.  During FunFest and weekdays through August 29, the exhibit The Faces of Lincoln will be on display.  This exhibit was developed with the help of the Lilly Endowment Inc. and explores the image of Abraham Lincoln in three distinct sections:  developing, creating and idealizing Lincoln’s image at different times his career.  It is brought to North Manchester as part of the Center for History’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.


The Center for History will also host the continuous showing of three videos, The Building of the Peabody Mansion, the newly re-labeled and re-mastered See Yourself in the Movies 1938, and the Moving of the Thomas Marshall House.


 On Saturday, August 10, the Thomas Marshall House will also be open to the public with free admission.  The Marshall House, located on Market Street next to the library, is the birthplace of Thomas R. Marshall, Indiana Governor and Vice President of the United States.  It has been restored to its original 1852 condition, and is furnished with artifacts of that period.  Docents will provide tours and answer questions about the Marshall family.