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Performing to the tune of history

Tickets are going fast for the Douglas County Historical Society's sixth annual 1943 USO Canteen Radio Show on Dec. 7 and 8 at 1101 John Ave.

Performances are at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show begins with the American Legion Post 435 providing the Color Guard for the presentation of the colors as we honor present and past military men and women.

Then, join Bob Hope and friends for an evening of jokes, singing, dancing and news of the day. Swing to '40s music with Randy Lee and the Northland Youth Music Group, and enjoy Hollywood Canteen-style food of coffee, donuts and SPAM sandwiches. Proceeds in part go to the Northland Youth Music Group summer camp.

We thank our sponsors, Kari Toyota, Nummi Jewelers, Superior Water, Light and Power, National Bank of Commerce and Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors. Tickets are $15 and available at DCHS. And we now have an elevator, making our building accessible to our entire community!

Auditions for the upcoming History Theatre production of "Little Women" run 6-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at DCHS. There's no need to prepare; just come in and read. There are lots of roles to fill for people ages 10 and up. The production will run March 21-30 with a VIP fundraising preview night on March 20th. For more information give us a call or email us.

January ushers in DCHS' new hours of operation, Thursday nights until 8. These new hours will make it easier for the public to see our exhibits, visit the museum shop and attend special programming. Plans for programming are genealogy research, metal detecting, geocaching, writing personal histories and movie nights. If you have any suggestions for our Thursday night programs, please let us know. You'll be helping us to serve you better.

The Douglas County Historical Society is located at 1101 John Ave. To contact us, please email us at or call us at 715-392-8449.

Kathy Laakso is the director of the Douglas County Historical Society.