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Published: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Preparing for the parade at Autumn on Parade John Deere (Jon Barnhart) used a 1940s' tractor and an even older grain wagon to transport Margaret Fuller (Sherry Piros), “Grandma” Burright (Rita Mueller), Ruby Nash (Melinda Egli), multi-role Joanne Reisner, Laura Fessler (Marie Ley), and Lorado Taft (Ron Colson) through the huge October parade. Photo submitted by Ron Colson.

OREGON – In an effort to bring Ogle County history to more people, the Ogle County Historical Society launched a Living History at Oregon Trail Days with two historic characters.

At Autumn on Parade, the program included a day at the historical society’s Ruby Nash Museum and a spot in the parade.

Margaret Fuller (Sherry Piros) and Lorado Taft (Ron Colson) were joined by five new Living History participants: John Deere (Jon Barnhart), Ruby Nash (Melinda Egli), Neva “Grandma” Burright (Rita Mueller), Laura Fessler (Marie Ley), and Joanne Reisner portraying seven historical figures in the Spoon River Anthology.

The now seven-member living history project, along with museum tours of the Ogle County Historical Society, saw a record number of visitors to the Ruby Nash Home & Museum during Autumn on Parade weekend. The historic portrayers also participated in the festival’s parade.

Anyone interested in joining the  Historical Society program can visit or call 815-973-4773.

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