The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society is coming to Villisca, Iowa on September 24 (Saturday) for a day celebrating history. The day will be filled with speakers, exhibits, authors and tours of historic sites. The free event is open to the public.
Dr. Edgar Epperly (Villisca: Living with a Mystery) gave the first cemetery in Villisca in 1997. Epperly will speak about the Villisca Ax Murders at the Forgotten Iowa Villisca History Day Sept. 24.
Speakers include Edgar V. Epperly, considered the foremost authrority on the 1912 Villisca axe murder case; local historian and author Elaine Artlip; Dave McFarland, the director of the Montgomery County Museum; The Nodaway Valley Museum's Trish Okamoto; Dana Kunze of the Hitchcock House (a home that was part of the underground railroad); and more.
Tours of the Ax Murder House (admission fee), the Armory, the Villisca Cemetery and the Villisca Library are also part of the day's activities.
Registration begins at 8:00AM at the Community Building, 207 S 3rd Avenue in Villisca. Registration is required to take part in the tours and lunch.
In addition to the Forgotten Iowa Historical Society, founded by Ray Wetherell with a 21,000-Facebook membership, the event is sponsored by the Villisca Review and Stanton Viking, the City of Villisca, the Villisca Public Library, the Montgomery County Museum. The Villisca Historical Society is providing lunch to attendees.
Contact Ray Wetherell at 712-363-3611 or email IAhistoryday@yahoo.com, or Linda Artlip Weinstein at 856-912-8722 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve your seats for the day or for individual sessions.