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UPCOMING EVENTS AT PCHS
BEN FERREL HOME MUSEUM TO OPEN FOR 2017 SEASON
The Ben Ferrel 1882 Home Platte County Museum, located at 220 Ferrel Street in Platte City, will open for the regular 2017 season on Thursday, April 20. The historical library, located in the basement of the museum, will also open at that time.
The Museum and Library, operated by the Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society, are open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m., on Thursdays and Fridays through the mid-October. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 5-12 . Admission is free to members of the Society. For further information, contact Becky Bauer, Executive Secretary, at (816) 431-3301.
APRIL 23 – THE ANNUAL SPRING DINNER MEETING of the Platte County Historical Society will be held on Sunday, April 23. The hostess is Lynn Cassity. Betty Soper, who is resigning as Museum Curator after many years, will be honored. A special program is planned. More information will be provided on the invitations and reservation form to be mailed this spring.
WILLIAM E. "BILL" FOSTER RECEIVES 2016 BETTY SOPER HISTORICAL AWARD
William E. "Bill" Foster of Camden Point was presented the 2016 Betty Soper Historical Award at the fall dinner meeting of the Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society held on Sunday, October 23. The award is presented annually to a member who shows dedication, service and commitment in preserving the history, architecture and genealogy of Platte County, Missouri.
An ardent volunteer, Bill has given many years of service to the Platte County Archives, operated by the Platte County Historical Society. The Archives is located in the Platte City Civic Center. Bill has volunteered hundreds of hours to preserve Platte County historical court records, photos, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. His computer abilities have allowed him to set up programs, making it easy to research records. He researches and answers most genealogical queries that come in. Currently he is digitizing all the newspaper obituaries in PCHS files. He is a volunteer photographer for the "Find a Grave" website, having taken over 13,000 photos of gravesites in Platte County.
Bill is currently supervising the reorganizing of the Archives filing system as well as scanning of World War II scrapbooks, and transferring newly-discovered PCHS videos to the Archives network. Among many other duties and accomplishments, Bill organized and oversaw the indexing of 39,000 surnames listed on Platte County abstracts. "Bill is never too busy to assist other volunteers or visitors to the Archives," said Betty Soper, a director with the Platte County Historical Society."
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