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Anniversary Open House Marks 30 Years Of History
Posing similar to a photo from the opening of the first museum back in 1989, current Miss Escalon Mya Beary, left, is joined by Escalon Historical Society member Evelyn Swass and President Vickie Mello, right, in welcoming the community to the society’s anniversary celebration, set for Oct. 19. Marg Jackson/The Times

An Open House to mark the 30th anniversary of the Escalon Historical Society and Museum is planned on Saturday, Oct. 19. Hours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 1630 Main St., Escalon.

The Historical Society members are inviting the community to come join them in celebrating all they have accomplished since the organization was formed in 1989. That includes the establishment of the museum in the former Bengston Building, with a wide variety of displays and memorabilia. The museum is open for school tours by appointment and also has regular hours, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

As part of the anniversary event, light refreshments will be served and some special honorees will be recognized at 2:30 p.m.

There will also be commemorative engraved letter openers available for purchase with special event day pricing.

With the motto of “Preserving the Past” the society members continue with a number of fundraisers and programs throughout the year to keep the past alive for generations to come.

Vickie Mello currently serves as Historical Society president, with Dave Russell as vice president, Cathy Ensley as secretary and Adrian Van Houten as treasurer. Curator is Dorothy Miller, Pat Wood is historian and Dave Russell also serves as the web master. Evelyn Swass is the docent scheduler, with Wendy Fenton overseeing the gift shop. Barbara Owens is the Sunshine person and Sally Hale handles Facebook.

The Historical Society will have a membership meeting on Monday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. and then will be ready to host the Open House celebration on Saturday, Oct. 19.