Our Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be in Springfield, Missouri, September 25-28, 2019. Please come and have fun with our Auxiliary friends. Our theme is “Jewels, Clothes and Frontier Living”. We want to see your displays – lots of possibilities.
Hostess is Catherine Trahin (360-606-7359), who is working hard to provide interesting and fun activities. This is the M-WTCA’s third visit to Springfield, Missouri, but you have not seen everything!
On Thursday, Tour one goes to the Pythian Castle built by the Knights of Pythias in 1913 as an orphanage. Then, as property of the US Military, it was a prison for prisoners of war. Today the Pythian is home to many special events in Springfield. www.pythiancastle.com
Tour two is to the Sporting Arms Museum and Archery Museum at Bass Pro World Headquarters. Fascinating displays including show guns used by John Wayne as well as some of Annie Oakley’s guns. The tour to Bass Pro will have multiple trips to and from the hotel as many folks may want to go to the Wildlife Museum (extra fees) and the Aquarium (extra fees). The Aquarium alone takes a minimum of two hours to see and is fantastic. Hemingway’s is a great restaurant and there is also a deli if you want to have lunch there. Lunch is on your own. www.basspro.com
The book is “Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick’s book weaves fact with fiction to share the story of Hulda Klager’s life (1863 – 1960) with her dairyman husband, Frank, and their four children. Hulda lived her life with tenacity and generosity as she persisted as an ordinary woman with a dream to hybridize beautiful lilacs. A short video of the today’s Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens will be shown.
Springfield area is home to 3 very important animal sanctuaries and research facilities. On Friday night, staff from the National Tiger Sanctuary will present a program about this special non-profit facility. NTS is a rescue organization that provides a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals. Their diverse learning campus is dedicated to preservation of the environment and exemplary animal care. Come see this meaningful presentation and the many photos of these precious domestic and exotic animals.
On Saturday at the Auxiliary lunch, we are honored to have Springfield Historian John Sellars present a program on interesting Springfield history: Origin of Route 66, Wild Bill Hickok Shootout, Laura Ingalls Wilder and much more. Sellars presentation includes many historic photos.