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Palmyra’s history will come alive for those participating in an upcoming event.
The Marion County Library, in partnership with W.T. Johnson, is sponsoring a Palmyra History Walk on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon.
This program offers participants an opportunity to hear Palmyra’s history from the 1800s to 1950s come to life.
“The library staff has worked with W.T. Johnson creating programs this past year, and we wanted to share some of Palmyra’s history with the community,” said Devon Payne, library director. “With further collaboration, we came up with the history walk.”
The program will start at the library and include a history of the libraries in Palmyra.
Then a walk will follow that covers roughly a block and a half and takes approximately 45 minutes.
“W.T. has a vast knowledge within the block and a half that we will be covering that Saturday,” said Payne. “He also has personal ties to many of the sites, making the history he shares come to live.”
Sites covered in the walk include the mural, Marion County Courthouse, old jail, Big Springs Park, Zion Lutheran Church and School, Lincoln Colored School, Opera House, and other sites in this part of Palmyra.
“During the tour we will discuss the establishment of buildings, significant events that took place there and many changes that have occurred,” said Payne, noting participation is encouraged, especially if people have additional information about a location. “Palmyra is Palmyra because of the people and their connections.”
Those attending are reminded to wear comfortable shoes. Refreshments will be available afterwards at the library.
This program is contingent on the weather cooperating. In case of inclement weather, check the library’s Facebook page for information on rescheduling the History Walk. This program is recommended for all ages.
Payne further noted if enough interest is shown by those unable to do a walking tour, the library would be willing to discuss with Johnson about using the Hoot Owl Trolley for a driving history tour.