Ice cream social is June 21 The public is invited to attend an ice cream social on the grounds of the Austin-Whittemore House Wednesday, June 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The event is an annual occurrence which began in the 1970s for the purpose of raising money for the maintenance and upkeep of the house. One of the early events was actually held on the lawn of Max and Phyllis Christol on Forest Avenue according to Cleo Erickson, Clay County Historical Society president.
However, since the renovation of the Austin-Whittemore House, the event is annually held on its grounds. It is an opportunity for the community to tour the house which was saved from demolition approximately 30 years ago, and view its collection of local historic artifacts.
This year a tour group of Swedish heritage from Linsborg, KS will arrive at 5 p.m. to tour the house and participate in activities on the lawn as they travel on to Minnesota for midsummer celebrations. The local event will feature a menu of taverns, chips, pie, cake, ice cream, coffee and lemonade. An appeal for homemade pies and cakes for the social can be expected by Clay County Historical Society members with all proceeds benefiting the preservation of the Austin-Whittemore House.
Raffle tickets for a quilt to benefit Reverend Brown's Cabin, a log cabin in Riverside Township, six miles south of Centerville, just off of Highway 19, will also be available for purchase. Reverend Brown arrived in the area from Sweden to administer to Swedish immigrants in the region in the latter part of the 19th century. His cabin is a local historical landmark.