News File Photo The snow drift, higher than a man, is on Old Mansfield Road at Montgomery Road. The road, north of Mount Vernon, was heavily drifted because of high embankments along it.

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Historical Society museum will reopen after its winter break on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., with a program of memories of Knox County’s “Great Blizzard of 1978.”

Museum director Jim Gibson will present a PowerPoint program that features many remarkable photographs and stories by Virgil Shipley and others at the Mount Vernon News who covered this gigantic weather event from its beginning on Jan. 26 until things returned to normal more than a week later.

Following the presentation, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis and others in attendance will be invited to share their favorite personal and work-related memories of the big snowfall.

Beginning Wednesday, the historical society museum will resume its regular hours, being open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 2-4 p.m., and Wednesday evenings, from 6-8 p.m. Monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the museum at 740-393-5247 or check the website,



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