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Historical Society hopes for historic sites tour

THURMAN The John Thurman Historical Society has been awarded a grant by the Thurman Occupancy Tax Committee in support of its upcoming project called "Tour Thurman: A CD jaunt to homes and history. The society plans to invite owners of about 25 historical sites in Thurman to allow their properties to be designated as stops on a self-guided automobile tour of town. Those sites selected will have an identifying sign erected near the road, and a story about the property's history will be narrated on a CD (with some music and sound effects), which will be sold in area retail outlets. Accompanying the CD will be a booklet with abbreviated information and a locator map to help tourists find the designated properties. The CD tour committee stresses that no property will be included without written consent of the owners, and tourists will be instructed on the CD and in the booklet to observe private property from their cars, respecting the owners' right to privacy. Any Thurman resident interested in having a site considered for inclusion on the CD or learning more about the project should call Joan Harris, 623-2007, or email Perky Granger at perkinfl@aol.com. The society is continually on the lookout for photographs and documents (certificates, letters, diaries and local advertising materials) dating back to bygone days in Thurman. The publications committee will scan these materials and return them to you, unless you prefer to donate the originals. Although the society welcomes any materials of local interest, right now it has a particular interest in photos of Cal and Mattie Pasco Wood, Leander Pasco, Mattie's second husband, John Wesley Reynolds and their offspring, Mattie Wood, and Howard W. and Forest Reynolds. Please email Perky at perkinfl@aol.com or phone Diane Golden at 251-5110.

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