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Historical society’s spring fundraiser is Saturday

The Lawrence County Museum will have its annual Spring Tea starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“This is more than 20 years we have been doing it,” said Kay Rader, a museum trustee, adding that it is one of two fundraisers they have every year to support the museum.

The event got its start in 1988 after the Lawrence County Historical Society bought the former Gray family house at 506 S. Sixth St. in Ironton.

“We had our first big tea at the Presbyterian church as a fundraiser and we made a lot of money on that. So, we decided to do the event every year,” Rader said.

As part of the event, local residents will be modeling vintage and modern wedding dresses.

“It’s not only high school kids but we use some adults,” Rader said. “We try to show some vintage clothing as well as some modern clothing.”

The museum is putting together a military display for Memorial Day.

“We have quite a few military uniforms we are going to display and we have a big display of Col. Bill Lambert,” Rader said. Lambert was a World War I fighter pilot from Ironton.

The next event at the museum will be the annual pie social on July 13.

This is the 31st season for the museum and among this year’s display is a set of local maps including a 10-foot long vintage map of Ironton.

Among the permanent displays is a room that focuses on Nannie Kelly Wright, who was the world’s first female iron master and was rumored to be the second richest woman in the world at the time, beaten out by England’s Queen Victoria.