Hundreds of folks have already found out what a treasure we have in our own back yard at The Centre with The Smithsonian Exhibit – The Way We Worked, which opened to large crowds last Saturday, and will remain open through Dec. 17, 2011.
If you are looking for ideas for things to do throughout the holiday season, you don’t have to go any further than 1200 N. Holloway Street at The Centre where a series of 12 local history panels will be like a walk down memory lane for many residents of this region. Just around the corner is The Way We Worked exhibit that is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 12-noon to 4 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. – noon and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please also remember to attend the many special events that will feature notable authors, historians and speakers.The exhibits, speakers and special programs are all free and open to the public. The extensive local history exhibit, which is located in the lobby of The Centre, may be viewed anytime during regular operating hours at The Centre.
Some of the upcoming speakers featured during the exhibit will include Andy Arthur who will present “An Evening with Mark Twain” on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (5-7 p.m.); Dan Woodward, who will present a lecture on some of the jobs performed during the Civil War on Friday, Dec. 2 (6 p.m.); Fort Leonard Wood historian, Dr. John Glover who will discuss the history of employment with the military and how it has evolved over the many decades, and the impact Fort Leonard Wood has on this region, on Wednesday, Dec. 7 (7 p.m.); and Dr. Donald James who will discuss the history of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14 (7 p.m.). In addition, there will be several free story time programs conducted by area elementary school librarians will be held at The Centre for parents and children, ages 4-10 at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. For more details about The Way We Worked exhibit, please visit the City’s Website at www.rollacity.org, or contact Scott Caron, the City’s Recreation Director, at 573-341-2386 or Loretta Wallis, Corporate Relations Manager, Brewer Science, at 573-364-0444, ext. 1357.
With the holiday season in full swing, please mark your calendars, because Santa Claus will be making two guest appearances for individual and family photos at The Centre, located at 1200 North Holloway Street. Santa will be stopping by The Centre on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Collins Photography will be available to take professional pictures with packages at various prices. A beautiful holiday backdrop will be provided for the photo session next to the fireplace at The Centre. For more information, please call The Centre at 341-2386.
Several City of Rolla departments are once again participating in the annual ‘Fill A Ford for the Holidays’ canned food drive coordinated by Denny Ford Lincoln, Inc. in Rolla. Decorated boxes for your food donations are in the lobby of City Hall, and other locations throughout the City.
In closing, I’d like to remind everyone that the Rolla Christmas Parade will also be held next Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. on Pine Street in downtown Rolla. In addition to the Christmas Parade, there will be several traditional holiday festivities held at the old Phelps County Courthouse. Please also remember throughout the holiday season to shop and dine locally.
Happy Thanksgiving! Have a safe week!