Friday, September 23, 2005
Today marks the Grand Opening of the Elijah Iles House, Springfield's Museum of History. The House is not about any one person or family. It is about all of the citizens of Springfield and their many stories: schools, work places, churches, ethnic groups, service clubs, entertainments and sports. These many wonderful stories will now have a place to be told.
At the Grand Opening ceremony at 11:00 today, a key to the House will pass from one generation to the next. Latham Souther and Larry Stevens, both direct descendants of Mr. & Mrs. Latham Souther, will represent the Souther's important role in saving the House in 1910. They were truly Springfield's first preservationists.
The House has stood witness to the lives of all Springfield citizens since 1837 and it is now a place for all of Springfield's citizens to enjoy. Please come to the Grand Opening at 11:00 and see for yourself.
Richard E. Hart, Board Member, Elijah Iles House Foundation