Jonesboro School planning Bicentennial Birthday Bash

A Bicentennial Birthday Bash, celebrating 200 years of Illinois’ history, is planned at Jonesboro School on Monday, Nov. 26.  

Even though Jonesboro School is sponsoring the event, all area families are invited to attend.  

Everyone is encouraged, but it is not required, to wear 1800s style clothing.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.  The Sons of the American Revolution Long Knives Chapter of Southern Illinois will present a historical reenactment. Then, families will enjoy different activities.  

Union County Farm Bureau manager Stephanie Rhodes and Andrew Banks, ag literacy coordinator, will present “Born, Built, & Grown,” a lesson and activity about Illinois pride and symbols.  

Heather Carey, district archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service/Shawnee National Forest, will allow kids to get their hands dirty as they complete a “Dirt Detective Archeology Dig.”  

PAST members Marilyn Meisenheimer, Union County bicentennial commitee chairperson, and Linda Hileman, along with local historian Duane Hileman, will present a session about Illinois and Union County history.

The evening will end with a birthday party for the state. Cake and ice cream will be served in the cafeteria. 

Every child who attends will receive a gift of a new, free book.

Jonesboro students and staff are encouraged to dress in 1800s attire during the school day on Monday, Nov. 26.  

An 1800s fashion show is planned in the gym at 8 a.m. PAST members will judge.  Winners will receive Illinois Bicentennial prizes that were donated by the Jonesboro Bicentennial Committee.  

This year’s Family Reading Night is funded by a grant from the Illinois Reading Council, which was written by Jonesboro School teacher Pamela Turner.

The Gazette-Democrat

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