The Boone-Duden Historical Society will hold a meeting Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Visitor’s Center, 5577 Walnut St. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Anita Mallinckrodt will present the stories of four local families during the Great Depression.

Using merchants’ receipts from 75 years ago, she will compare and contrast the purchases made by families who lived in town with those who lived on a farm, their needs when school started, and their Christmas gifts.

Mallinckrodt was educated as a journalist and political scientist, and now serves as the Augusta town historian. She has written numerous books and articles focusing on German immigration to Missouri. Her most recent book, “The Other Muench — George, at Augusta, Missouri,” details the life of a man whose important accomplishments are often overshadowed by his more famous brother, Friedrich.

The Boone-Duden Historical Society was founded in 1986 to recognize the earliest European-American settlers in southern Warren and St. Charles counties, mostly followers of Daniel Boone or Gottfried Duden.

The society maintains a museum and archives at the Kamphoefner House on Highway F in New Melle. It is free and open Sundays 12:30-4 p.m.

For more information people may contact Cathie Schoppenhorst at 636-359-6175 or