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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Former area courthouse sees new life as museum

  • This Saturday is the last time that anyone can peek inside the old McDonald County Courthouse on the Pineville Square for a couple of months.
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  • PINEVILLE — This Saturday is the last time that anyone can peek inside the old McDonald County Courthouse on the Pineville Square for a couple of months.
    "It will be closed to the public until May 25 at our grand opening [which is] May 25, May 26, and May 27," said Raylene Lamb, president of the McDonald County Historical Society. "Our museum team has been working for months to make our museum exciting and interactive. It is going to be a step back in time as folks walk into the movie set of Jesse James or experience the flavor of McDonald Territory when we seceded from the state in 1961. Other displays will include our military room and a complete county representation of places past and present. Of course, folks can find our collection of books and more surprises in our Emporium."
    This project has been two years in the making, Lamb noted.
    "We took over the courthouse in December 2010 with work beginning in January 2011, with most work being completed by volunteer laborers," she said.
    The event will be called History Live.
    "We will be having old-fashioned demonstrations and games from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.," Lamb said. "We will be crowning Lil' Mr. Yesterday, Lil' Miss Yesteryear, and Miss History."
    On May 26, the event will be History Appreciation.
    "We will have a recognition ceremony for our veterans and local teachers and students will be putting on a USO show," she said. "On May 27 is History Celebration. We will have a day of fun with a horseshoe-pitching tournament. There will be lots of food and excitement. We are also raffling off one of Doug Hall's latest paintings. There will be an on-going silent auction."
    People can still contact them for pageant information, raffle tickets or any other questions at 389-6363, or email at info@mcdonaldcohistory.org.
    The public is invited to attend.

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