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New Year’s Resolutions— Make ‘em and break ‘em

Babylonian Chaos God and Sun God (Wikipedia). New Year’s resolutions have been made by people around the world and throughout history. For instance, it’s said that the Babylonians at the beginning of each year promised their gods that they would … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights Come to Villisca

Written by Linda Artlip Weinstein for the “Villisca Review” in December 2015. It’s not clear if Edward H. Johnson, a colleague of Thomas Edison, knew what he was starting in 1882 when he dreamed up a new way to decorate … Continue reading

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Villisca’s Christmas Tree

Helping to make it a Merry Christmas for all, the businessmen in their various organizations decided to invest in an innovation, a “municipal Christmas tree.”  The Review didn’t specify where the tree was located, so 100 years later, we can … Continue reading

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Turkey Day was invented in Villisca

For those of a certain age, an iconic television series, “WKRP in Cincinnati,” broadcast in 1978 one of the funniest Thanksgiving episodes in TV history. In the episode, entitled “Turkeys Away,” the fictional radio station—in a misguided attempt to gain … Continue reading

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VHSI Annual Membership Drive Underway

Villisca, Iowa square circa early 1900s. Photo courtesy Fourth Wall Films. Join us and support the preservation of Villisca’s history! ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Villisca Historical Society Join now and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12 months   Annual individual … Continue reading

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Nov 10-11 Marks Special Veteran’s Day Event at Armory

The Villisca Historical Society is co-sponsoring a Veterans’ Day two-day event at the Armory, 316 E 3rd St, Villisca, IA on Nov. 10 and 11 honoring veterans from the Villisca area, with a special focus on those who served in WWI. Join us for this special … Continue reading

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Celebrating 12 Years of Preserving Villisca History

Villisca Historical Society, Inc. celebrates 12 years Continue reading

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