WOOD RIVER — Former First National Wood River Bank employees and customers are invited to an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Wood River Museum, 40 W. Ferguson.
Pat Devening gave the museum boxes of pictures and memorabilia from the now-vacant Regions Bank. Former bank employees graciously offered to help museum volunteers set up an exhibit that includes the banks’ history, events, retirements, Halloween and Christmas pictures at the bank, and more. Mary Ann Cain, a 50-year employee, created many of the scrapbooks of pictures.
“We’re hoping former bank employees will reunite with their former co-workers and reminisce about the good ol’ days,” Kay Shewmake said.
Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend the open house.
The exhibit will be on display until September. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.
History of the bank
The first bank in Wood River opened in 1908 at 25 W. Ferguson in a multi-purpose building.
In 1920, the First National Bank of Wood River was located at 1 N. Wood River Ave. until 1953. A new building was built at 100 Wood River Ave. This location saw several mergers and name changes:
- First National Bank of Wood River: 1953 to 1988
- Magna Bank: 1988 to 1998
- Union Planters: 1998 to 2002
- Regions: 2002 to 2014 (closed March 2014)
- Vaughn Hill Regions Bank: 1980 to present