A church has been added to the so-called museum campus collection of “Hometown Perry, Iowa.” Built in 1914, the New Bethel Baptist Church thrived for decades but its congregation faded and the church closed several years ago. Kathy Lenz, program director for Hometown Perry, says the church will reopen tomorrow (Sunday).There will be an open house from 2-4 P.M. Sunday, a nondenominational service at 4 and a soup supper at 5:30. The church will -not- reopen as a church, but as a showplace. Lenz says it’s been “respectfully restored” to reflect a time when it housed an active congregation and it will be used for special events. Several walking tours have been designed by Hometown Perry for visitors to take, including a walking tour of faith-based locations around the community. Lenz says there are a number of such tours where people can stretch their legs while expanding their knowledge of the town’s past, present and future.There are also walking tours focusing on Perry’s architecture and another that focuses on the mom-and-pop grocery stores that used to be dominant in decades past. For more information, surf to “www.hometownperryiowa.org”.
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