Couple to portray Sen. and Mrs. George W. Norris

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Pastor Clark and Dawna Bates will portray Sen. and Mrs. George Norris. (McCook Daily Gazette)

McCOOK, Nebraska -- As an added touch of nostalgia, Pastor Clark Bates and his wife, Dawna, will portray Sen. George W. Norris and his wife, Ellie, at the 150th birthday tribute to the famed legislator from McCook.

The special sesquicentennial celebration of the senators's birth will take place Saturday, July 9, at the Keystone Business Center. As part of the observance, the Norris Institute and the George W. Norris Foundation will be marking the 75th anniversary of the REA, which Norris helped to inspire with his legislative leadership.

More than 50 guests from Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Alabama have already registered for the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the Keystone lobby. The dedication of the REA Display on the Keystone mezzanine will follow at 6 p.m., and the evening's activities will conclude with the banquet at 6:30 p.m.

The Capella Nova brass quartet will be playing during the reception.

Pastor and Mrs. Bates as George and Ellie will serve as the emcees for the banquet and Flora Lundberg, president of the Norris Foundation, and Dr. Warren Jones, president of the Norris Institute, will welcome the guests.

Speakers for the main event will be David Norris Rath, Ed.D., the senator's great-grandson, and William Pratt, Ph.D., the president of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Tickets for the Norris-REA event are $25 each. Reservations may be made by calling Dawna Bates at 308-340-2772 or Flora Lundberg at (308) 345-6450.

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