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On Thursday afternoon, August 16, the EV elementary teachers visited the history center with Ron Van Berkum and Scott Romine explaining the center and discussing some local lore. The teachers were encouraged to use the center as a source for their students as they study local and state history. Over 40 teachers were in attendance.
On Thursday evening, August 9, 2007, the new English Valleys History Center had its grand opening with a meeting of the Iowa County Genealogical Society and a new, interesting presentation by Dave Jackson on Civil War history as it affected the English Valleys community. In attendance were several Civil War actors who traveled from all over the Midwest to participate in the event.

During the PowerPoint presentation by Dave Jackson, the large audience learned how the Civil War was disputed in this community as some were sympathetic with the South while others were quite loyal to the Union.

After Dave's presentation, videographer Terry Folkerts from Klemme, Iowa, explained how he and Dave were working together on a documentary video which focuses on Hinkletown as a ghost town of Iowa. Terry plans to complete a series on Iowa ghost towns that he hopes to make available to Iowa Public Television.

A highlight of the grand opening of the History Center was the large, colorful collection of ritual robes that are on display from the Independent Order of Oddfellows Lodge #325 of North English. Compliments of Robert and Nancy Evans, this fine display was developed by Ron Van Berkum and is well worth seeing by everyone.

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108 North Main Street

North English, Iowa

Featuring

Scenes from the first History Center

A Day of Hunting at Flint Ridge Column

The North English Violin

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