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Historical Society to host dinner meeting April 17
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LENA - The Lena Area Historical Society will host its second annual dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the main floor of the Lena Community Center.

The homemade buffet dinner will include roast beef and turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, tossed salad, rolls, beverage, and assorted homemade pies. Lena native Doug Dammann will present "Gettysburg and Vicksburg - a Midwestern Perspective."

Dammann is a graduate of Lena-Winslow High School, and he received his bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich. He also earned a master's degree in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University. He has spent his professional career working in museums, such as the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as the director of the Civil War Museum in Kenosha.

The Kenosha museum is dedicated to telling the story of the six states of the Upper Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Dammann's talk will include these stories as they relate to Gettysburg and Vicksburg, in this special 150th Civil War anniversary year. Dammann is the son of Lena residents, Dr. Gordon and Karen Dammann.

Tickets for the dinner and program are $16 and must be purchased by Wednesday, April 10. Tickets may be purchased at Engel's Jewelry, Lena Mercantile or Cindy's Beauty Shop.

More information is available by contacting Jean Engel at 815-275-0451, Cindy Drye at 815-369-4030 or Gary Price at 815-369-4135.