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Fall 2023 updates

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

MUSEUM UPDATE: Currently, our back hall remains open for programs and events. Please use side door. Our damaged museum ceiling has been fixed and the walls have received a coat of paint. We still need lots of help in putting the museum back together in time for our Open House in December. Work days are every Tuesday at 10am and every other Saturday (October 14 & 28, November 11 and December 4) at 10am. Please join us! We could use your help.

Unfortunately, during renovations, it was found that our tin ceiling tiles could not be put back. However, there are still some tiles on the sides of the walls. The tiles that were removed will be for sale during the holiday season for $30 per 2x4 foot sections of tin ceiling tiles. Tiles are from 1904 St. Paul Lutheran Church.

MERCHANDISE: We have added new Tee-shirts designed with our logo and “Thornton Quarry Rocks” on them. Prices are $20 for M, L & XL, and $25 for XXL and XXXL. We have hats with the same design for $35. Updated Quarry books are also for sale for $5.00. Think ahead - all make wonderful Christmas gifts. Mail order is not available.


October 23 at 7:00 PM: General Meeting – Program: “The Underground Railroad

in our Region” by Larry McClellan

November 10 at 6:00 PM: Heritage Dinner at St. Paul Church, 508 Chicago Road.

This event is free for Historical Society Members ONLY but you must register so we know how many people to expect. The Society furnishes the turkey and gravy and members are asked to bring a dish, preferably homemade, to share with everyone. See Marti Thompson for a sign-up sheet. Non-members are welcome but must register, pay $15 and must bring a dish to share.

If you wish to join the Society, your $15 new membership will be good for the remainder of 2023 and all of 2024.

December 10 from 2:00PM to 5:00 PM: Holiday Open House/Grand Reopening of Museum

114 N. Hunter St. – Santa and lots of Goodies! Always an enjoyable time. The museum will be decorated and the St. Paul Singers will entertain us from the choir loft. If you could provide some homemade cookies, candy, etc. please email Marti Thompson at This year we will have a bazaar where you can purchase unique items such as Thornton Coverlets, our new Tee-shirts, hats, Quarry history books, Thornton Christmas cards, notecards and much more. They make great Christmas gifts!

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Membership renewal is from January to March 1st. You need not live in Thornton to become a member so please encourage your friends to join. Choose a one-time life membership to avoid yearly renewal. New members who join in the “ber” months of September, October, November or December of 2023 will receive membership for the rest of ’23 and all of ’24.

Individual Member $15 Life Member $150


Get in the holiday spirit and enter our holiday raffle to win:

1ST PRIZE: $100 Visa Gift Card

2nd PRIZE: 2 tickets for the next Thornton Quarry Tour (value $80)

2ND PRIZE: Hot Toddy Basket featuring a bottle of Thornton Distilling’s Dead Drop Rum.


If you would like to help sell tickets or wish to purchase tickets, they will be available at our October 23 general meeting, the Harvest Dinner and our Christmas Open House. Drawing will take place December 10, 2023. Winner need not be present. Email us at for info or if you need tickets to buy or sell. Tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. Proceeds benefit the Thornton Historical Society.


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