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Ghost towns featured Saturday at museum

Thursday, October 21, 2010

(Photo contributed) Mary Holub, registrar/exhibit manager at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, will be honored during a reception at the Museum this Saturday afternoon.
"Harvest of Ghost Towns" will be the topic at a Saturday afternoon program at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

Glen and Judy Hayworth of Kingsley will present a 2 p.m. program and video on Plymouth County ghost towns.

The Hayworths have been studying the local ghost town lore and gathering stories for nearly a decade. The two have often hosted the ghost towns stop on the annual May Days event for county fourth grade students.

More than 20 towns that once existed in Plymouth County but no longer do are counted among the county's "ghost" or "lost" towns.

Have you heard of Holley, Rosbach, Malton, or Plymouth Center? Most likely not.

But some of the ghost towns have remnants left behind that residents recognize -- a home or two, a church, a cemetery, as is the case at Melbourne, Adaville, Quorn, O'Leary, Ellendale, Mammen.

The Northwest Iowa Genealogy Society also will assist in the program.

A temporary display of Plymouth County's ghost towns will be in the museum's newly renovated Study Hall on fourth floor.

Anyone with memorabilia about Plymouth County ghost towns should bring the displays to the museum today (Thursday), for the temporary ghost town display, which will remain in the study hall for approximately a week.

Also on Saturday, the museum will honor a new staff member.

Mary Holub, the museum's new registrar/exhibit manager, will be recognized at a reception in the study hall following the ghost towns program.

Holub began her work this fall as registar/exhibit manager.

She is no newcomer to the museum where she has volunteered since the fall of 1998.

She began her staff duties about a year later as the business manager.

Holub added the position of registrar in 2001 and remained with the museum for the next year. After a few years in other work, she returned in 2007 to the job of registrar and business manager for a time.

Now Holub returns to the museum as registrar/exhibit manager. She is in charge of recording donated artifacts, storing, and displaying artifacts and preserving the history of Plymouth County for future generations.

"We are thrilled to have Mary back in this important role at the museum," administrator Judy Bowman said. "She has valuable experience in the preservation of Plymouth County heritage."

Holub has served as treasurer of the Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society since 1998 and as newsletter editor since 2008. She also is assistant county coordinator for Plymouth County's website on Iowa GenWeb. Holub is a contributing writer for the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

She and her husband, Dale, have four daughters.

October activities at the museum will conclude with the annual Ethic Food Fair set for 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31.

Anyone who would like to have a booth to offer samples of ethnic food should contact the museum immediately at (712)-539-0223.

The food fair will unfold in "Old Central" Gym, with more than a dozen nationalities represented. Special ethnic music also is planned.

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This is fabulous--to honor Mary Holub! What a devoted person she is to Plymouth County history! Mary is my right arm and always there to help with the Plymouth Co. IAGenWeb site. Wish I could be there to help you celebrate and give her much deserved HONOR. Everyone ENJOY the day and have fun at the museum. ~Linda Ziemann, Plymouth Co. IAGenWeb Coordinator & IAGenWeb State Coordinator 2010-2011.

-- Posted by Linda Ziemann on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 9:53 AM

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