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Historical society program Editor, The Sun: The Woodford County Historical Society offers informative programs. I was privileged to attend the society's monthly meeting on Aug. 24 to learn more about one of Woodford County's landmarks . Margaret Hall. Sally Graul, president, chaired the meeting; I also met Linda Finnell, treasurer, who gave me a brief tour of the society's museum and library. Judy Phillips, alumna of Margaret Hall, and historical society board member, presented the program from her personal notes, photographs, school yearbooks and personal experiences as a student at Margaret Hall in the 1950 and '60s. Several other women in the audience shared their experiences as former Margaret Hall students. Margaret Hall was originated from Ashland Seminary for Girls in 1892; in 1898, six acres and a residence was acquired from a donor in Versailles on the corner of Frankfort and Elm streets, known by the girls as the water tower lot. This private school opened in 1899 for kindergarten through eighth grades and in 1907 the name changed to Margaret High School, which included a two-year junior college. In 1931, a Catholic diocese from New York area became the operators of the school and a headmaster was employed. The nuns occupied the school until 1970, It was run by strict headmasters, including Sister Rachael and, later, Sister Lena. The girls had an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, including organized basketball games, an elaborate library and several other niceties where they boarded. Over the years, damaging fires destroyed some of the facilities, and in 1983, Landmark LLC acquired the facility for it to become a boarding residence. Today, this historical landmark includes 51 apartments, some efficiencies and cottages, and is home to residents over 62 years old or those deemed disabled. There are several persons on the waiting list to become a resident. Several other interesting monthly programs are being planned by the historical society. Henry Duncan Versailles

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