Deanna Booyer is back at the Newton County Historical Museum and is happy to have been named the Park Director by the Newton County Historical Society board of directors.

Deanna Booyer is back at the Newton County Historical Museum and is happy to have been named the Park Director by the Newton County Historical Society board of directors.
After several months in another job, Booyer is back doing what she loves, and her first big project is planning the historical society's biggest event of the year—History Alley.
History Alley will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. This "must see" event will feature old-fashioned demonstrations of household and farm activities from days gone by. All events are free and open to the public.
"There is truly something for everyone, including a working steam engine which will be making wooden shingles. There will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving, banjo making and several other arts and crafts. The public is welcome not only to watch but to participate in the work," Booyer said.
A petting zoo will be set up for smaller children to get acquainted with goats, chickens, ducks and other live animals. Also, the popular antique tractor display will be at History Alley again, as well as a mountain man camp.
New this year will be a leather worker and a hide tanner, showing off their skills. An 1860s doctor will be on hand to show the medical instruments of his day and talk about serving as a doctor in the Civil War.
In addition to the demonstrations and exhibits which will be outside in the historical park, the Newton County Historical Museum will be open. The museum, located a block north of the town square, at 121 Washington St., has just gone through a two-year restoration. Visitors can view the new storm doors, paint job and the shiny new roof.
Local Eagle Scouts will have a camping area in the park and will serve as volunteers as needed.
The idea for History Alley was conceived in 2001 by the late Harvey Imbeau. No one is sure why he named it "History Alley." Booyer thinks he may have chosen the word "Alley" because he wanted to give people a chance to walk down memory lane.
She believes that Imbeau would be pleased at how History Alley has grown since 2001.
Booyer, herself, has always had a fondness for and an appreciation of local history. The museum and parks in Neosho has a special place in her heart. Because of that she puts a mountain of effort into History Alley.