Presented by Dr. Lorle Porter.
Both the life story and the musical accomplishments of Knox County's own Dan Emmett have managed to survive 200 years of fame and obscurity, success and failure, accusations, lawsuits and
more than one devastating fire.
And so we have invited Dr. Lorle Porter back again to help us look back through our 21st Century telescope to consider the life, the times and the contributions of Knox County's famous entertainer from long ago.
The Knox County Historical Society will celebrate Dan Emmett's 200th birthday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, at the South Main St. site near the viaduct, where the replica of Emmett's 1888 retirement cottage is presently under construction. The public is invited to attend the noontime celebration.
A brief program will be presented, including Emmett songs, performed by students from Dan Emmett School and others, a birthday recognition ribbon-cutting by Chamber of Commerce personnel, and, of course, cake for those in attendance. An official opening will be scheduled next spring after the house is completely finished and with appropriate exhibits inside, just prior to scheduled annual visits from area third grade students.
For more information, call the Museum at 740-393-5247.
In conjunction with the opening of Mount Vernon's splendid new Ariel-Foundation Park,
local author, Aaron Keirns, has produced a beautiful book that tells the story of the glass and related industries that represented major businesses here during the 20th century. We'll also have the opportunity to tour the special glass industry exhibits at the Clockhouse Museum.