Genealogical Society of Monroe County, MI

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We had a great turnout to help celebrate our society's fortieth anniversary!  (Apparently cake is a good incentive.  Who knew?)
A few new members and visitors joined us in the museum to view the new display commemorating 200 years of Monroe County history.  Be sure to stop by the museum to see the new display!  There are items from all decades of our county's history, including a wedding dress from 1972 (donated by one of our charter members).  It looks like no wedding dress I have seen before.
Three of our charter members were in attendance.  
Barbara Roe, Marcia Fix and Judy Carr
(Donna Ryder couldn't attend)
It was great to see so many at our gathering considering so many events were were planned for this week.  The county's bicentennial was the day before.  Several events were scheduled to commemorate the founding of Monroe County 200 years ago.  A James Monroe re-enactor (James G. Harrison, III) made an appearance (200 years late, but welcome nonetheless) at the ceremony at the courthouse Friday morning.  Judge Weipert did a great job as master of ceremonies, threatening anyone who went over their allotted time with a visit to his courtroom.  
Several county representatives were in attendance and gave SHORT speeches.   The plaque commemorating Monroe's bicentennial is now mounted on the courthouse wall and mention was made of our bicentennial in the congressional minutes, which are available on-line.   
Andy Clark, Monroe County Historical Museum director, introduced the new ILLUMINATING artifacts on display, including the one below.  Key word, illuminating!
Monroe County has a lot to be proud of.  Be sure to visit the museum and check out the awesome display.  The museum staff is to be commended for their work putting this together.  
Many of the events planned would not have been possible were it not for the untiring work done by volunteers including a few of our members, like Chris Kull and Sue Donovan.  Be sure to thank them for their contributions.