Speaker series opens Sunday

VERSAILLES — The Versailles Area Historical Society announces the kick-off of their 2016 season by welcoming home Versailles native and Versailles High School alum Conner Keiser on Sunday.

Keiser has been giving many talks lately about his ancestors, the Clemenses, who helped to find the western Darke County village of Longtown. This mostly African American community was founded in 1822 by mostly freed or runaway slaves. This amazing Darke County story is told no better than by one of the original descendents of this community.

“If you know nothing about this Longtown or even if you’ve heard Conner speak elsewhere before, you’ll want to be here as Conner recalls the story of this unique community, his family and there important contributions to our area,” organizers said.

The program begins at 2 p.m. and Keiser will be happy to talk with attendees afterward while museum staff will serve light refreshments and welcome one of its own… home.

“Last Mondays” return on Feb. 29.

The Versailles Area Museum’s popular “Last Monday’s” return on Leap Year day as we celebrate the last of our area villages, Versailles, which is the oldest of the communities that make up our book, “All Roads Lead Home.”

“We have had awesome turnouts for all the villages and their stories as well as the history shared,” the organizers said. “All of which has been fascinating to hear. Now it’s time for Versailles to come, gather and share pictures and stories of growing up in Tiger Town and what made it special to you as a child. Call your friends and family and let’s have a great turn out to remember happy days growing up in Versailles. Our program begins at 1 p.m. and refreshments will be served to end our afternoon.”

Questions may be directed to the museum at 526-4222. If school is closed or it is on a Level ,3 the afternoon will be rescheduled.

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