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Glorious Fourth moving to depot

By The Herald Staff | 6/28/2013

It’s a double celebration.

The annual Independence Day event, the “Glorious Fourth,” is moving this year from its longtime site at the Dietrich Cabin in City Park to the west side of the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, the festivities will mark the holiday as well as the 50th anniversary of the museum’s opening on July 4, 1963.

It’s a double celebration.

The annual Independence Day event, the “Glorious Fourth,” is moving this year from its longtime site at the Dietrich Cabin in City Park to the west side of the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, the festivities will mark the holiday as well as the 50th anniversary of the museum’s opening on July 4, 1963.

“The ‘Glorious Fourth’ event is designed with a nod to Independence Day celebrations of times past,” Deb Barker, Franklin County Historical Society director, said in a press release. “This year, it will focus on 1888, the year the railroad depot building was built. Period music by the Doolittle Family Band, a reading of the Declaration of Independence by local citizens, and an oration by State Rep. Blaine Finch, former president of the Franklin County Historical Society, will be featured.”

The free event’s speakers are expected to be staged on the new caboose outside the museum. More than 100 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan gave an address from a train at the depot, Barker said. An old-fashioned breakfast of apple-stack cake, sausages, cider and coffee will follow.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs (and wear hats or bring parasols) to be comfortable during the brief oration, Barker said. In case of rain, the celebration is to be moved under the depot canopy roof.

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