Museum to reflect on “Main Street Memories” during upcoming event


The Old Independence Regional Museum will celebrate the history of downtown Batesville, Saturday, Aug. 24, with “Main Street Memories.”

During the evening, ten people will gather and share memories they have from specific moments on Main Street in downtown Batesville. Those participating are Fred Wann, Lucy Yeager, Nelson Barnett, Gene Crawford, Cindy Barber, Suzanne Magouyrk, David Thompson, Butch Ketz, Mandi Curtwright, and Neva Ball. There will be a time for others to share their own as well.

Interspersed throughout the shared memories will be music. Luke Stroud, Sonya Rucker, Jon Healey, Danny Dozier, Lucy Yeager, and two more yet to be named, will entertain with songs from several decades.

Main Street Memories is being held in conjunction with another event at the museum. Twyla Wright, exhibit curator, explained how this event relates to the museum’s new exhibit, “Down On Main.”

“Our museum worked with Southside High School’s EAST program this spring to create this exhibit,” Wright said. “The partnership also included funding through the Smithsonian Institution’s pilot program about Main Street America. The students decided which historical businesses they wanted to feature, created a large timeline, a magnet matching game, a kiosk of information, and several large standing pieces.

“We have a large eight-pointed star on display that once hung in what many people remember as the Sterling Store, and we also have on exhibit the last known ‘Naked Lady’ wall sconce from the former Landers Theater,” Wright said.

Ned Metcalf, who orchestrated many White River Water Carnival beauty contests will serve as master of ceremonies. The Main Street Batesville organization is also supporting this event as well as several Main Street businesses that are donating hors d’ oeuvres including: Elizabeth’s, Unique Nosh, Bigs, and Sweetie Cakes. Wine and punch will also be served.

The fund-raising event for the museum will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the museum. Due to the size of the museum’s theater, tickets are limited.



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