ANNA - Special exhibits, a walking tour of historic sites and a chance to purchase replicas of a famous pig are all part of the Colorfest celebration Saturday in Anna planned by PAST, the group dedicated to preserving and appreciating historic structures.

PAST's second annual WALK PAST, a self-guided tour of historical places, will take visitors along North Main Street in Anna. A booklet will offer maps and stories focusing on properties along the way. The booklets will be on sale at the PAST table at the Stinson Library flea market, as well as at St. Anne's Church on Main Street, the PAST sidewalk table across the street from Isom's antiques, and at a PAST table at the encampment at the Veterans Home.

The guide booklets cost $12 in color, $5 black and white. After Colorfest the booklet (and reprints of the 2010 booklet) will be available at Country Cupboard and This and That in Anna.

The first site in the guide book is Isom's Museum and Antique Store, where visitors can see a rare Kirkpatrick Pottery pig made in Anna during the Civil War. It was awarded to a Civil War soldier and was recently bought at an upstate Illinois auction by Mike Isom.

Other profiles in the guide include Lewis Bros. Bakery, the Anna Post Office, First Christian Church and the United Methodist Church.

Also included are pictures and stories of several other homes and families.

Authentic, original Kirkpatrick pottery can be seen at the Union County Historical Museum in Cobden, at Stinson Library and at Isom's Museum.

St. Anne's historic church, restored through the efforts of PAST, will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Two special exhibits are featured there.

The Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will display maps, diaries, stories and pictures telling the story of the forced migration of eastern Cherokee Indian nations to western reservations. Many of them died along the way.

Also on exhibit at the church are several quilts depicting Trail of Tears and events surrounding the Abraham Lincoln history of Union County.

Because parking is limited near the church, guests are asked to park at the high school or on side streets.

For information on PAST, St. Anne's church or the Colorfest exhibits call 618-833-9441.



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