Downtown Vermillion history topic of Sept. 8 program

Downtown Vermillion history topic of Sept. 8 program The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Clay County Historical Society will hold a joint meeting, open to the public, on Monday Sept. 8. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pot luck supper at the Austin-Whittemore House at 15 Austin Street in Vermillion.

The program, presented by Tom Thaden, will begin at 7:30 p.m. His presentation will recap of the extensive research he has completed on the history of downtown Vermillion from 1881 to 2003. Information will include major buildings that are gone for good, as well as those still standing.

Long term businesses with the same owner, multiple owners and major proprietors will be discussed. Unique histories of particular businesses, as well as business trands and business movements will be explored.

Thaden will explain how he became interested in the topic, the extensive sources used, business types and locations, and the proposed future use of the data, maps, photos and architectural information.

The Downtown Vermillion Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, a project of the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission. Thaden's extensive research on the history of downtown Vermillion gives interested parties much more depth and insight about individual businesses than was required for the National Register nomination.

Both the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Clay County Historical Society invite the public's attendance for this very informative and interesting event on Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

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