|Concert in Garden, open house set June 30|
|Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:44 PM|
The band is under the direction of John Hill and will perform a variety of selections including favorite Sousa marches. The Concert Band is composed of about 65 volunteer members from Allen County and surrounding areas.
An open house will also be held from 1-4 p.m. at the MacDonell House.
This Allen County Historical Society is celebrating the 120th anniversary of the MacDonell House, the only remaining unaltered mansion of the Golden Block. Built in 1893 by local candy manufacturer Frank Banta, the house then passed into the hands of wealthy oil man John Van Dyke. He and his wife expanded the house in 1900-1902 and nearly doubled the size of the structure. The home was purchased by William Hoover in 1915. Hoover was known as the “Furniture King” for the many furniture stores that he owned. Elizabeth MacDonell bought the house in 1930 and passed it on to her son James in 1942. James and Ellen MacDonell donated the house to the Allen County Historical Society in 1960.
This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Allen County Historical Society, Lima Area Concert Band, and the Children’s Garden and made possible by the “Jean Engstrom Makes My Heart Smile” Fund. The Children’s Garden is located on the campus of the Allen County Museum.