History as it happens was the focus of the recent genealogy committee gathering.
The Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society (MVGHS) held its bimonthly meeting Sept. 21 at the Tri-County Senior Center.
“History is not always about long ago,” said Patricia Sewell, MVGHS president. “Tonight we’re going to hear about historic happenings that are taking place right now.”
A group of Civil War re-enactors captivated the audience at the recent Heritage Day celebration and reminded locals of the interest in the Gen. Sterling Price raid on Pacific, according to Chris Niemoeller, who chaired the event in Downtown Pacific Sept. 16.
Re-enactors representing both Union and Confederate forces appeared at the event.
Niemoeller said the interaction of the re-enactors and the audience illustrated that people want to know more about what happened on Oct. 1, 1864, when Confederate forces under Price entered Pacific, looted the town and burned the railroad property.
“There is so much about that event that is known that we could share with the public,” said Niemoeller, who suggested the genealogy society arrange a re-enactment of Price’s 1864 raid as Pacific’s contribution to the Franklin County Bicentennial in 2019.
The campaign to elevate Historic First Baptist Church at 421 S. First St. also is attracting history lovers, according to Bob Masson, who co-chairs the campaign with Norbert Gildehaus.
Masson reported that the elevation campaign has received support from some churches and reached a level of about 19 percent of the funds needed for the project.
He singled out two recent events — the successful Jaycees barbecue Aug. 11 and the First Baptist of Gray Summi Church Gospel Sing Sept. 7 — as clear demonstrations that the community is joining in the campaign to save the historic church.