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The past is very much alive in the Holmes County Historical Society museum in Bonifay, Florida: horse collars, plows, sadirons even parts of a moonshine still, are in the history collection at the Owens House on the corner of Kansas and Rangeline Avenues.
Beginning April 1 (2002), the restored country farmhouse donated to the Historical Society by Rex and Dean Jones, will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on the first Saturday of each month.
Also at the first Saturday opening of the museum building, there will be an exhibition of paintings by gifted artist Elizabeth Landress, who art depicts places and people from the Florida Panhandle area.
Historical Society members will show visitors around the house containing artifacts from an earlier time. Hazel Maringer is the volunteer to hose the "first Saturday" open house. "We need more items to illustrate how our ancestors lived in times gone by," said Maringer. "Bring pictures and items used before technology took over our lives."
A great deal of work on the Owens house has been done by Historical Society President Bill Leavins, who has put his heart and tireless efforts into showing how people in the area lived and thrived on small family farms. He has constantly motivated volunteers and collected donations in order to get the house and out buildings ready for showing.
Those seeking genealogical information can browse through books and records from churches, schools, and from pioneer families, including information on Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie books, who lived for a period of time in the early 1900s near Poplar Head in north Holmes County. Two of the Society's fundraiser books are: Heart and History of Holmes County by Anna Paget Wells and Holmes County Cemetery Census by Lon Williams.
Copies of Heart and History can be obtained from Sue Cronkite; Cemetery Census may be obtained from Hazel Maringer.
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