'Old Rugged Cross' museum holds celebration this weekend

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The composer, the late Rev. George Bennard and his second wife, Hannah Dahlstrom, lived in Osceola County just north of Reed City for many years. The Bennard home still stands along “Old US-131” between Ashton and Reed City. A cross near their former home designates not only its location, but also its religious and historical significance.

The Old Rugged Cross Museum in Reed City located at 4918 N. Park St. will have extended hours on Friday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 8 p.m., and there will be an open house there from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11 featuring a display honoring the life of the Rev. George Bennard and Hannah (Dahlstrom) Bennard. The furnishings and many personal items from the George and Hannah Bennard home are on permanent display at the museum as well.

On the evening of Aug. 11, there will be a gospel music program in Rambadt Park which is located near the museum at the north end of Reed City. The concert will feature musical groups including: Sweet Wind, the Crossroad Singers, and the Ridgerunners. At the close of the concert, there will be group singing of “The Old Rugged Cross,” led by the Old Rugged Men.

On Aug. 12, organizers of the 100th anniversary celebration are asking all churches throughout the United States to sing “The Old Rugged Cross” during their services as well.

At 2 p.m. on Aug. 12, there will be a special musical program at the Reed City United Methodist Church. Members of the Bennard family will present special musical numbers and tell their memories of Rev. George Bennard. It will be followed by a coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.