ESA Tour of Tables is Sunday, March 28

ESA Tour of Tables is Sunday, March 28 The March 2009 Sesquicentennial event, the ESA Tour of Tables, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 28. The doors will open at 10:45 a.m.  Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. Following the luncheon the Clay County Historical Society will present a vintage clothing style show. A limited number of tickets is available for purchase for the Tour of Tables. Call Barb Campbell at 624-4626 to purchase tickets. Twenty-one tables will be on display for those who attend the event to "tour."  This year's table themes range from "A Colonial Homestead Thanksgiving" sponsored by Betty Johnson to The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure table sponsored by Colette Abbott and "Cosmopolitan New York" sponsored by Carmen Wilcox of Elk Point. The style show will feature vintage wedding gowns, some of which are from historical Vermillion, a one hundred year old christening gown, and many other items of clothing from the past.  This event is a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Dedicated to finding cures for the catastrophic diseases of children including childhood cancers, St. Jude treats children without regard to families' ability to pay for treatment provided by the hospital. Families without insurance are never asked to pay.  ESA International, founded in 1929, is one of the world's most distinctive leadership service organizations. Through its programs, information services, and support, ESA helps its members make a positive difference in the world. In 1972, ESA adopted St. Jude Hospital as its international philanthropic project. As a result of ESA's relationship with ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude, ESA raises approximately $10 million in cash and pledges each year for the hospital. Since 1972 ESA has raised over $110,000,000 for the hospital. The Clay County Historical Society was organized in 1968 under the direction of Mrs. Richard (Connie) Bowen.  At a time when the rumor began that the Austin Whittemore House would be torn down and a parking lot would be put in its place, Mrs. Bowen called upon a group of long time residents of Vermillion to help save the beautiful old home that was built in 1882 by Mr. Horace J. Austin.  With many meetings, some disappointments, and with much correspondence with Mr. Arthur Whittemore, Jr., the grandson of Mr. Austin, the beautiful old home was saved and is now the home of the Clay County Historical Society.  Many hours of volunteer work brought the home back to the original look inside and out.  Today, the home is open for visitors to enjoy the Victorian atmosphere. It is the keeper of the family histories of local families, Vermillion histories, church histories, newspaper archives and many other historical papers. Volunteers staff the home and welcome visitors, help with genealogy questions, and preserve the history of Vermillion and Clay County. Appointments for tours may be made for larger groups. All are invited to enjoy the activities sponsored by the Society. For information please call 624-8266.

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