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Historical Society to Present “The Diary”


Pioneer story-teller Margaret Fritzel will present “The Diary” as part of the North Manchester Historical Society’s monthly lecture series.  The program is the story of a pioneer family who leaves Liberty, Missouri and travels via wagon train all the way to Oregon.  It will take place at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, May 12 in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street.


Margaret Fritzel began telling stories to audiences of all ages in 1986.  For “The Diary,” she assumes the character of the pioneer woman in the diary.  Fritzel also makes presentations as Laura Ingalls Wilder and as a pioneer woman traveling to Indiana.  She retired from the Warsaw Community Public Library in May 2013 after 25 years.  She is married to Doug Fritzel, who pastors the Warsaw Bible Church; together they have two grown children. 


The public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the program.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, May 9.  The cost of the meal is $8.50.  Reservations may be made by calling Evelyn at 260-982-6777, Mary at 260-982-1813 or the Center for History at 260-982-0672.  There is no cost for Margaret Fritzel’s program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome.