The following teaser is from an excellent article about the Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society published in the September 28, 2011 edition of emissourian.com.
The Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society (MVGHS) [Pacific, Missouri] voted Sept. 21 to switch the date of its annual dues/potluck meeting from July to April to get away from the 100-degree temperatures that have plagued the recent summer programs.
Recent society programs have focused on events that involved families in the community, such as the Civil War in Pacific and the Community School.
The Railroad in Pacific will be the theme of the 2012 program. Society members will draw from their archive to identify speakers whose families were connected to early railroad activity in the city.
“We have children of conductors, engineers and line men,” said Ruth Muehler, longtime society president and local history researcher. “We’ve had train robberies and runaway engines. We have a lot to draw from.”
Meeting at the Pacific Presbyterian Church, society members also discussed the King William Adams memorial to be installed in Resurrection Hill Cemetery.