Excited for Fair Week? Come join us for a presentation on the history of the DeKalb County Fair! Learn about DeKalb County’s earliest fairs, find out how the current Free Fall Fair started, and take a look at photos, post cards, and ribbons from past fairs.
On Wednesday, September 17, the staff of Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library will give a presentation on the history of the DeKalb County Fair through the lens of the John Martin Smith Collection. The event will run from 6pm to 7:30pm at the restored Sinclair Station on N. Main Street.
Genealogy assistant Mike Mapes and genealogy intern Chelsea Molin will give a presentation at 6pm. There will be time after the talk to look through a display on fair history.
We’re very excited to share this local history with the community. We hope you’ll join us!
Pieces featured in the presentation are all from the John Martin Smith Collection, which contains many items of local, state, and national significance. The Smith family has generously given Eckhart Public Library digitization rights to the collection.
– Written by Genealogy Intern Chelsea
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.