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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 08:17 am

Price of preservation

Wildflower Walks and book sales fund history projects

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Blue-Eyed Marys, one of the few woodland wildflowers with a true blue color, grow in abundance on Elkhart Hill.

A living geologic and natural time capsule, Elkhart Hill shows off her best skirt in April as nature’s paintbrush splashes her slopes with color-drenched prairie wildflowers.
The Elkhart Historical Society sponsors guided Wildflower Walks to provide an opportunity for a family outing, a chance to enjoy the beauty of spring with family and other loved ones together. For fun, everybody can play “wildflower bingo”: Each person gets a card to keep track of which wildflowers walkers spot and learn their names.
The Wildflower Walks raise money for the historical society to pay for its many and varied projects, including purchase and renovation of the Hunter House.

The walks begin at 9:30 a.m. on two Saturdays, April 18 and 25, in the Blue Stem Bake Shop located on Gov. Oglesby Street in downtown Elkhart. At 1:30 p.m. on April 18, walks begin from Horsefeathers, an antique store located across the street. And on April 25 the 1:30 walk begins in downtown Elkhart’s “new vintage shop” with the green front porch.
Groups are limited to 15 per walk. Walks last about 90 minutes. Children must be age 7 or older and must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost is $5 per person. For more information call (217) 947-2046. To register online, log onto www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org.
The entire outing will be on foot, so walkers should dress for the proper weather, wear good walking shoes and bring insect repellent. In case of rain, call 947-2046 one hour before the walk for a recorded message as to whether or not the rain has caused the board to reschedule. E-mail notices will also be sent.
Then on April 27 through May 2 Elkhart’s library is the host for town-wide events that will last all week. The library remains as it was when it was completed in 1904, including the early 20th century tables and chairs that are still used by library patrons. Featured during the event will be a bake sale, book sale, daily door prizes and refreshments. Vendors will be selling home interior items, purses, and scented tart warmers. Other items for sale include Gwen Rosenfeld’s books about Elkhart, Elkhart Historical Society calendars, historical Elkhart yearbooks from 1925, Elkhart cookbooks and sesquicentennial books.

The historical society is now planning a fall historical all-ages tour of Elkhart Hill. Call 947-2238 to register or go to the Web site listed above.

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