From left: Connie Johnson, Ken Bateman, Mary Stephens and Art Andrews portray various "characters" from 1913 Johnston County at the recent Heritage Center's Contributing Patrons Appreciation Dinner.
The Heritage Center’s Contributing Patrons appreciation dinner Jan. 17 celebrated the successful completion of the Johnston County Heritage Commission’s fund-raising campaign for 2012.
This year’s drive brought in cash donations exceeding $25,000, according to Wingate Lassiter, Heritage Center Director. Lassiter says these are funds that augment the Heritage Center’s operating budget, the basis of which is provided by Johnston County.
The annual dinner put a spotlight on “1913 – The Way It Was A Hundred Years Ago” in Johnston County and the nation. Narrator Ned Attayek led the “walk through history” with assistance from Ken Bateman, Connie Johnson, Art Andrews, and Mary Stephens, who brought to life several “characters” from what historians have called “The Progressive Era.”
Julia McCullers wrote the program’s narrative. Myra Wallace provided appropriate piano music. Ann Huckenbeck helped produce the “show.”
The dinner was also an occasion to show appreciation to some of the Heritage Center’s faithful volunteers. Thanked for their service in the center’s reading room this past year were Judy Cogdell, Phoebe Landfried, Pat Godwin, Michelle Watson, Debra Westbrook, Grover Miller, Garland Guffey, and Windy Thompson.
Receiving special citations as “Keepers of Johnston County’s Heritage” were George Thomas, who has gathered information on more than 400 forgotten family cemeteries over the past two years, and Ross Lampe, who published a history of his family’s lumber business dating back to 1925 as Guy C. Lee Manufacturing Co.
Once again, mystery novelist Margaret Maron offered as a door prize a chance to be named as a fictional character in her next book, and this year’s winner was Joyce Mitchell. Maron makes this annual “donation” in memory of her mother, Claudia Stephenson Brown, one of the Heritage Center’s early volunteer genealogists.