Churchill, old Montreat, Vietnam prisoner of war presented at Montreat Adult Summer Club

From Staff Reports
The girls at Montreat's Lake Susan in this circa 1917 photo were considered daring for wearing these swimsuits.

The community is invited to take a look back at Montreat’s “good ol' days” on Wednesday, July 11, at 2:30 p.m. in Montreat’s Upper Anderson.

In celebration of the Presbyterian Heritage Center’s 10th anniversary, executive director Ron Vinson will present a multimedia program on early Montreat life, including Lake Susan’s diving tower and bathing suit fashions. He'll present artifacts and photographs when even party line telephones were rare or nonexistent.

The July 11 program on Montreat’s past is the first of a series of three programs sponsored by the Montreat Adult Summer Club, an organization that began in 1911 as the Montreat Woman’s Cooperative Association.

On Wednesday, July 18, the program will focus on Sir Winston Churchill, presented by presidents of the North Carolina and the Tennessee Winston Churchill Societies.

On Wednesday, July 25, the community is invited to a talk by former Vietnam War prisoner of war Porter Halyburton, who will speak about his 7.5 years of captivity - and his reflections on that experience.

Everyone is invited. Admission is free, except for the $1 donation traditionally placed in the basket to cover expenses.