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Brazil Main Street to host 'Night at the Musuem'

Friday, August 24, 2012

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Brazil Main Street, Inc. will host Night at the Museum on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6-9 p.m., at the Clay County Historical Society Museum. This event will feature reinactments of historical figures as well as a showing of the film "Night at the Museum." The event is free of charge. [Order this photo]
On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6-9 p.m., Brazil Main Street, Inc., will host a free event called Night at the Museum in order to promote the Clay County Historical Museum and teach community members about the history of the county.

"My husband and I went to the museum for the first time in May," Event Coordinator Megan Hawkins said. "It struck me that I'd lived here for 18 years and had never been to the museum. There's so much history there, and I learned so much from the tour guides. I sort of felt sorry for the rest of Brazil for not visiting there."

Hawkins said the event gives community members a reason to visit the museum and participate in a unique experience. Night at the Museum will include reenactors portraying people from local history including Theodore Roosevelt, "Baby Face" Nelson, and John Dillinger, among others. Actors portraying railroad conductors will be tour guides for the event, taking participants around to different vignettes.

Currently, Hawkins said she has nine volunteers, four of them being reenactors. She still needs 25 volunteers to be actors during the event.

"There will be a pretty big variety of history figures," Hawkins said. "I'd like to have a Madame Curie. I'm looking for a Charles B. Hall, and I need an Orville Redenbacher still. I want to try and get as many local people as possible."

Hawkins hopes to involve the local community theatre, community history buffs and high school drama clubs in the event. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Hawkins at 812-229-8189.

Another idea Hawkins had was to include local students in the event. She plans to talk to history teachers at the high schools and middle school in hopes to work together to teach students about local history. She wants the teachers to give extra credit to students who participate in the event.

"We'll provide the schools with either a scavenger hunt type form or a paper that must be signed by a specific reeanctor," Hawkins, who hopes the schools will get involved, said.

After the event, Brazil Main Street will have a free public showing on the City Hall lawn of the movie, "Night at the Museum." The movie will begin at 9 p.m., once the sun has set in order for viewers to be able to see the screen. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free popcorn will also be available for those in attendance.

"I really think this is an event for anybody from Brazil or Clay County at all," Hawkins said. "It will be an experience where you can learn about where you are from and take pride in your city. The people who will enjoy it most will be families."

Both the museum tour and movie are free, however Hawkins encouraged participants to donate to the Clay County Historical Museum.

"Everything is free," she said. "But the museum does always accept donations, because they run solely off donations."



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