Letter to the Editor – Dan Hauter

To the Editor:

The Board of Directors of the Macoupin County Historical Society has unanimously agreed to cancel our Spring Festival, originally scheduled for May 23 and 24.  We do this with heavy hearts as we will miss seeing all of our vendors, exhibitors, guests, and friends. We are sorry to disappoint all of the people who attend our festivals.  Since our festivals provide the bulk of our income we will lose money.  Our income is used to maintain our buildings and grounds and that is expensive.  But the COVID-19 pandemic poses far too much risk to all of us. We certainly don’t want anyone to become ill or die.  Our grounds will remain closed to the public through May.

The historical society continues to be an active organization even though the grounds are currently closed to the public.  The corn has been planted.  Nitrogen was put on the wheat this week so that we will have wheat bundles to thrash this fall.  Staff continue to work in the mansion.  Other staff are hard at work picking up limbs, mowing, and trimming.  The renovation of the mansion’s front porch will resume.  General maintenance will continue. Please plan to come to our Fall Festival on September 19 and 20. Please visit our website at www.mchssociety.org or find us on Facebook.  Keep in touch and stay safe.  Thanks.

Dan Hauter, President, Macoupin County Historical Society