VAM Speaker Series to Open

February 15, 2017

The 2017 Speaker Series for the Versailles Area Museum will kick off on February 26th at 2:00 p.m.

You all may remember from your Elementary Science classes that American patriot, Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. Nearly 150 years later Thomas Edison perfected electricity into the light bulb. In Versailles the “Shocking Tale of Electricity in the Village” an interesting look at how this big idea lighted our way into the 20th century.

 Aaron Magoto who currently works for the Versailles Village Electrical Department and serves as a VAM Board of Directors member, will present the story of how electricity came to our village and has helped in the development of the community through the years.

While one might think this story might be lacking a certain spark, we assure you that from the earliest planning, to the first electrical plant, to the dedication of the Main Cross Street Electrical plant on July 4, 1901, the story will enlighten you to our forefather’s commitment to the growth of the Village. It also shows their resolve to re-build after the devastating fire that destroyed the village just two days after the dedication!

When did electricity become common? When did this expand outside to the countryside? Bring your questions and enjoy AJ’s enthusiastic story of our community’s coming of age as he shines a light on this iconic community story.

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