Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Way to Go, Birchwood!

I took a trip last weekend down to the Birchwood Celebration at the Birchwood Elementary School. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the smell of grilled burgers and hot dogs were in the air. The parking lot was full of cars and 2 large buses. One was from Blood Assurance and the other was from Memorial Hospital. While you were socializing with your neighbors, one could give blood or receive a free mammogram.

Inside, there were tables with people sitting around eating and visiting. There was music and singing up on the stage. Awesome!

There were also several tables set up by the Birchwood Historical Society. The tables were covered in large notebooks full of the history of Birchwood. Although there were notebooks that were supplied from various people, most of the notebooks were created by Peggy McCallie, who lives in Birchwood. She has been working on these notebooks for many decades. She had supplied only a few from her very extensive collection.

What surprised me the most concerning the whole event, was the amount of people that were interested in their history. It is very rare to see people viewing and talking about local and family history, unless you are at a genealogy conference. Way to go, Birchwood!

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