Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Historical Interpreters Honor Jenny Lind Citizens

A sunny day brought a crowd estimated at over two hundred to the South Sebastian County Historical Society's Third Annual "Buried Treasure" event at Jenny Lind Cemetery Sunday afternoon. They were not disappointed. Seven costumed historical interpreters portrayed Jenny Lind residents and, in telling their life stories, shed light on daily life in the community over the years.

Those honored included:

John Keller, Blacksmith (Portrayed by retired principle Bob Turner)
Mary Jane "Polly" Yadon Condren, Civil War Patriot (Portrayed by principle Tanya Smith)
Forest Gibbs, Miner (Portrayed by author and coal mine expert John Dill)
Henrie Bernie, Undertaker (Portrayed by Greenwood Parks Director Doug Kinslow)
Jessie Gibbs, Postmistress (Portrayed by Jenny Lind newspaper columnist and author Mary Ann Gamble)
Thelma Hendrix, Mother of patriots and community servants Dodson, B. G., Jerry and Pink Cornelius (Portrayed by State Rep. Charlotte Douglas)
Marjorie "Margie" Simon Smith, Columnist and Jenny Lind Historian (Portrayed by granddaughter Heather Kovanovic)

For additional photos, please visit the Historical Society's Facebook page (www.facebook/OldJailMuseum) and a site belonging to the Condren family (
 Charlotte Douglas portrays Thelma Hendrix.
 Heather Kovarovic portrays her grandmother, Marjorie Simon Smith.
 Costumed volunteers assisted visitors to the adjacent Community Building.
Tanya Smith and Bob Turner chat with Mike Condren, descendant of Mary Jane Yadon Condren.