The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 9, 2013

Help historical society


DANVILLE — Editor:

Newell Township Historical Society had its beginning in 1972, when a group interested in the history of Newell Township did research into the early years of the township and Bismarck. The result of their efforts was the publishing of the book “Century of a Town.” From this endeavor, the Newell Township Historical Society was formed.

In 2007, the group purchased the Farmers and Merchants Bank building in Bismarck, which closed in 1929. In 2008, the Pleasant View Church building was given to the historical society. They have been restoring the bank building to its original condition, as much as possible, to be used as a museum.

As a fundraiser, an ice cream social is planned for 4-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Pleasant View building, Holloway and Myers streets. Ice cream, homemade pies and cakes and beverages will be available  for $4. There will be antique cars and music.

Everyone is invited for good food and fellowship, and to tour the bank museum to see its progress. The effort is costly, with much of the work being done by volunteers. However, there is still a lot of expense to complete this project, and for maintenance on both buildings.

We encourage people to join the historical society and support its work. Meetings are held four times a year. Dues are $6 for an individual and $10 for a family. You do not have to be a resident of Newell Township to join. There are still copies of the book, “Tales of a Township,” which includes information about the community and many families.

Your support of this annual event will be much appreciated!

Betty Hall