Historical Society meeting coming up

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Central Illinois Banjo Club, under the direction of Dennis Overstreet, will perform at the November meeting of the Woodford County Historical Society. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the group will play patriotic and vintage music as well as give a brief lesson on the history of the banjo in America. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Memorial Hall at Maple Lawn, 700 N. Main Street in Eureka.

The meeting is free and the public is welcome.

The Central Illinois Banjo Club began as the Royal Grand Pooba Beaner Gut Bucket Band, a group that was to play at the Morton Pumpkin Festival Senior Citizen Gig in 1995. They had so much fun that they began to play together regularly, eventually becoming the group that we know today. They meet to practice the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Morton Knights of Columbus Hall, 616 W. David Street. The practices are open to the public.

The Woodford County Historical Society meets on the second Thursday of each month, March through December, at different places in the County. Each month’s program presents material that is interesting and informative, and always with a historical aspect. All meetings are free and open to the public.

The Society maintains a mini-museum and genealogical research room at 112 N. Main, Eureka which is open from 1:00 - 4:00 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. The staff will open the facility at other times by appointment. In addition, the Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Archive, which includes matters of historical and contemporary interest.  Membership in the Society is open to all for a nominal fee. For more information, please contact Karen Fyke at 467-4525, Barbara Bradle at 467-3606, or kdfyke@mchsi.com.

The December 19th meeting will be a Christmas Pot Luck and Carol Sing at The Panther Creek Church of the Brethren in rural Roanoke.