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Bluffton History Day Aug. 12

• 10 a.m. free showing of "Public Enemies" at Shannon Theatre • Speakeasy events at Greenhorn Restaurant - 4 p.m. to midnight • 11 a.m. & noon retelling of Dillinger robbery with relatives of eye-witnesses

introduced - they will stand in the exact locations on Main Street when robbery took place as did their eye-witness ancestors in 1933

• Additional activités in planning stages

Bluffton’s calendar reads 1933 in its first-ever Bluffton History Day, Saturday, Aug. 12, recalling the 90th anniversary of the Dillinger bank robbery in Bluffton.

Several family members of eye-witnesses to the Dillinger robbery will be introduced and will stand in their place as the 11 a.m. and noon retelling event is underway.

Schedule:

• 9 to 11 a.m. – Information table at Bluffton Farmers’ Market


• 9 to 11 a.m. - Book signing, 90th anniversary edition of “Four Guys Walk Into a Bank… and the rest is Bluffton oral history”


• 10 a.m. – Free matinee of “Public Enemy,” featuring Johnny Depp, at Shannon Theatre


• 11 a.m. and noon – Retelling of the Bluffton Dillinger robbery by Fred Steiner in front of Citizens National Bank


• 1930s-era model vehicles to be displayed on Main Street

Shannon Theatre will offer free showing of

"Public Enemies" at 10 a.m. Aug. 12

• 4 p.m. to midnight ­– Greenhorn Restaurant on Vine Street events

• 4 p.m. to midnight, Prohibition-era cocktails, street food and regular menu

In the atmosphere of a 1930-era Speakeasy

• 6:30 p.m. – Retelling of the Bluffton Dillinger robbery by Fred Steiner

• 7 p.m. – Music by Jesse Henry, Bluffton native, performing

The Ballad of John Dillinger

• Nancy Corle-Agner and Phil Gratz will perform following Jesse Henry


Several family members of eye-witnesses to the Dillinger robbery will be introduced and will stand in their place as the 11 a.m. and noon retelling event is underway.


Among those persons include: • Jenny Bogart Donges as Harry Bogart, her grandfather

• Marilyn Murray Shelly as Dode Murray, postmaster, her great-uncle

• Neil Hauenstein as Edgar Hauenstein, pharmacist, his grand nephew

• Jim S. West as James and Bob West, working across from the bank, son of James and nephew of Bob West


In August, 1933, John Dillinger and gang members held up the Citizens National Bank taking $2,100. The FBI called Dillinger Public Enemy Number 1, giving Bluffton its 20th century 15 minutes of fame. That fame continues in its ninth as the robbery placed Bluffton forever in the Dillinger legend.


Bluffton History Day sponsors include Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Greenhorn Restaurant, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co., Bluffton Icon and Bluffton Forever.



Contact Fred Steiner at fsteiner@roadrunner.com for more details.



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