Civil War weekend Rotary topic

Staff report

SIDNEY — Shelby County Historical Society Director Tilda Phlipot, society Secretary and local historian Rich Wallace, and Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst spoke about the upcoming Civil War Living History Weekend to Sidney Rotary Club members during their weekly meeting, Aug 8.

Wallace began the presentation by talking about the history of the Historical Society and the important role the Society has played in preserving local history. Phlipot discussed some of the award-winning programs the Society has sponsored in the past, and the educational niche the Shelby County Historical Society occupies.

Barhorst discussed the schedule of events for the weekend, set for Sept. 17-18 in Tawawa Park.

Wallace discussed a bit of the history of the Monumental Building. He spoke of the sacrifice Shelby Countians made during the Civil War. In 1860, census records indicate that Shelby County had a population of 17,493. Of that number, 8,960 were male, and 14 percent of them served in the Army during the war. Of those, 326 died in the service of their country.

Staff report