Photos of Current Happenings . . . (Lastest Photos on Page 3)
An amazing surprise was seeing the rock and brickwork done surrounding the Octagon Building at the Avoca Cemetery when driving past there November 25, 2019!
Closeup of the plaque by the Octagon Building telling of it being on the National Register of Historic Places. November 25, 2019.
Thought you might like to see the 2019 Time Capsule plaque which arrived December 20th. It will compliment the 1969 plaque on the rock in the courtyard.
Guess who was at the Museum February 11, 2020? No other than Allan Sievers of Sievers Electric of Walnut finishing up the change-over from flourescent light to LEDs!
Allan's helper Jason removes old flourescent bulbs before removing the old light panel. Mary Pearson assists.
These two side-by-side photos show the difference in lighting if you compare same things. For instance, the research center in the upper photo to the research center in the lower photo. See how much lighter it is. Even look at the coloring in the tables in the two photos. (Courtesy of Mary Pears...
In this closeup of the research center, note that we have moved lights directly over the table which really lights up the area so much!! Stop by and see what a remarkable difference the LED lights are making throughout the Museum!
It's about time I caught you up with the Octagon Prayer Chapel . . . Here's updated photos after Terry Philips had completed the two windows above the two doors earlier this fall. Photos taken February 14, 2020.
As you can see, the windows above the north door and the south door look identical. Here's a closer photo of the south window.
AHSTW School employee Josh Peterson delivers several pieces saved from the old Avoca school to the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum on March 6, 2020.
March 11, 2020 sun set adding a light to the window at the Octagon Prayer Chapel at Graceland Cemetery.
Gary Collins showing some of his World War II memorabilia to Jim Hansen after his interesting presentation at the Museum on March 15, 2020. Bill Johnson views other items from Gary's collection.
A nice crowd gathered to hear Collins' history, including Gary telling about this painting of which the family at one time owned the original.
May 1, 2020 finds perfect spring weather for John Butcher to prepare to get the Sesquicentennial Time Capsule plaque set in place.
Remember back in October 2019 when the lilac bushes were dug up and removed from in front of the Museum? Well, here they are May 3, 2020 showing great signs of life in the Memory Garden!!
September 1, 2020. After no monthly meetings of the Newtown-Avoca Historical Society since COVID-19 started, we finally got together around the firepit for an evening of cooking out and socializing.
March 6, 2021. Avoca has a beautiful city park named Edgington Memorial Park on old highway 83 east of town - address is 800 East High Street.
Gracing Edgington Memorial Park is this beautiful American Flag display donated in Loving Memory of Collette DeSchamp Guyer, May 1, 1959 - September 27, 2019.
Neighboring town of Shelby celebrated 150 years (plus one) with a parade on June 26, 2021. The Historical Society entered a float congratulating Shelby and also advertising the June/July Quilt Show at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum. (Courtesy Mary Pearson)
The Float Committee putting some last minutes touches on the float before parade time. (Courtesy Mary Pearson)
Float Committee and helpers pose for a picture as parade time draws near: Sandy Petersen, Ty Lewis, Cash Kaiser, Sabrina Lewis, John, Yvonne, & Iver Engesser, and Jenna Lewis. (Courtesy Mary Pearson)
The Flag of the United States of America greeted the parade entries as they headed up Main Street for the July 4th, 2021 parade!
The Float Committee and riders ready for the parade -- Arla Pickham, Colleen Sulley, Lydia & Katie Clark, Mary Pearson, Ty Lewis, John Butcher.
The other side of the float -- John Butcher, Ty Lewis, Mary Pearson, Jenna & Sabrina Lewis, Yvonne & Iver Engesser, Mason Clark, John Engesser.
Our neighboring town of Walnut celebrated their Sesquicentennial on July 31st. Wishing Walnut congratulations and riding on the Society's float in their parade were Katie & Lydia Clark, Sandy Petersen, Mary Pearson and Mason Clark.
The Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum got new gutters installed on November 8, 2021. Here the installer is working on the north side of the Museum. (Courtesy Mary Pearson)
A look at the new gutters from the top, with the maintenance staff looking forward to no more "cleaning gutters"! (Courtesy Mary Pearson)
November 21, 2021 found us giving a presentation on the meaning of the 13 folds when a flag is folded. J Pearson and Brian Lewis from the American Legion did the presentation.
J tucks in the last edge with stars uppermost reminding us of our national motto, "In God We Trust."
Visitors to the Museum to view various military uniforms in our collection included Barb Schueman along with her granddaughter Abigail Plymale and daughter Roxanne Plymale. They are posing with Diz Schueman's uniform they had donated earlier this year.
In this album you will find photographs of current things/happenings we hope you will find interesting about our Society. Keep checking back to see if we have added more photos!