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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 16, 2014

Ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday

By Xiomara Levsen | May 16, 2014
A re-enactment of a 1973 ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at conger House to begin an open house.

The Conger House will have an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., said Mary Levy, Director of the Conger House Museum.
“The ribbon cutting ceremony will be a re-enactment of the 1973 ceremony,” Levy said. “A brief history of the [Washington County] Historical Society will be given, a history of the families that lived there, and the history about the museum.”
Board members of the Conger House Museum and members from the Washington County Historical Society will also be introduced during the ceremony, Levy said.
“I just hope people come out and learn something about their community and the history of Washington,” Levy said.
Once the ribbon-cutting ceremony is done, the museum will be open until 5 p.m. for tours, which will begin outside.
“We always start tours on the outside of the house because the outside is important,” Levy said. “We start where the original farmhouse was built by Thomas Richey in 1847, and from the inside you can’t see that. We also point out that when Richey built the house it was all prairie land around there. In 1855 when the Congers bought the house, it was probably still prairie land and Highway 92 was just a dirt path.”
Another item people are shown while touring outside are the gardens.
“There are gardens original to the house from when the Wilsons lived here,” Levy said.
Once inside the Conger House Museum, people will notice a newly renovated Native American room, Levy said.
“We worked with Michael Perry from the State Archeological Association,” Levy said. “He came in and helped us identify and catalog everything. Our oldest artifact is a clovis point, which dates back 11,000 years.”
Another artifact is a buffalo head with an arrow point still embedded in its skull, Levy said.
“The buffalo head with the arrow point dates back 3,000 to 4,000 years,” Levy said.
Perry has been invited to attend Sunday’s open house, Levy said. He plans on attending and will help answer any questions someone may have about the artifacts in the Native American room.
Another new display is called the “Dublin Store,” Levy said. This includes items that were once sold in the store west of town.
After Sunday, the only set time for tours are during Washington’s 175th Anniversary celebration. June 2 to 6 the museum will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. On Saturday, June 6, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to noon.
The rest of the summer schedule is still being decided, Levy said.

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