Online Staff Report
OREGON, Ill. — Saturday, June 21, history and art will come together to make a landmark day in Ogle County’s cultural history.
The Ogle County Historical Society’s Living History & Old Time Craft Faire will showcase the rapid growth of the popular new program featuring the skilled artisans of yesteryear, historic Ogle County celebrities — and, the Community Art Legacy (CAL) will have a special “sneak preview” of the grand finale of their 10 sculptures in 10 years program.
The CAL preview will feature, for the first time ever, the original clay sculpture of a bas-relief image of John Phelps first landing on the shores of the Rock River in what would become Ogle County.
The many artisans who will be gathered will demonstrate a range of skills and equipment, including soap-making, fabric-weaving, tatting (lace), antique firearms, trapping and blacksmithing.
Historic figures to be portrayed include: Ruby Nash, John Phelps, Laura Fesslar, Leonard Andrus, Lorado Taft, John Deere, “Grandma” Burright, Maria Waterbury, and others.
Among the amenities for the special event will be a food court with a variety snacks, sandwiches and beverages.
The living history project, along with museum tours of the Ogle County Historical Society and tours of the Ruby Nash Home, will be at 111 N. Sixth St., in Oregon, Ill., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21. Emphasis on the Historical Society’s art collection will be made at various points in the Nash Home and the museum during the tours.
Posted June 18, 2014