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 Harvest Festival Activities at Center for History


The North Manchester Center for History, 122 East Main Street, is open to the public with free admission during North Manchester’s Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 11.  Open hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The museum contains 9,000 square feet of exhibit space, where thousands of objects and photographs are on display. 


Something new this year is a sidewalk sale.  The Center will be offering items from its gift shop at clearance prices.  Items on sale include North Manchester memorabilia and hand-crafted wooden toys—perfect for Christmas giving.


Historical Society festivities begin on Friday evening, October 10, with an antiques appraisal at the Center for History from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Auctioneer Chad Metzger will provide current auction values for items brought in by the public.  Each person is limited to three items, with a fee of $1.00 each. 


On Saturday, an Indiana Historical Society traveling exhibition Local Treasure will also be on display.  The exhibit features the elaborate and colorful murals installed in numerous Hoosier communities during the 1930s.  The North Manchester Post Office has one of these vintage murals on the west wall of its lobby.  People can come to see the exhibit and then stroll over to the post office to see this historic mural in its original setting.


Visitors to the Center will be treated to musical selections from pianist Tom Airgood.  They will hear golden oldies and can even make requests.  Singing along is optional!  Tom will play starting at 11 a.m.


Two popular Historical Society movies will be shown on a continuing, revolving basis.  Sit a while and learn about The Building of the Peabody Mansion, or see old family and friends in the perennially popular See Yourself in the Movies 1938.


During Harvest Festival, 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.


Regular hours for the Center for History are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and for the Thomas Marshall house, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month.  Both attractions will close for their winter hiatus on December 13.