Ellie Loudermilk makes it her business to keep Perry's past an active part of the present
"I love the people's enthusiasm for the history of Perry," says Loudermilk.
She has the need to feed the people of Perry by satisfying their historical craving.
"People who are seeking their roots are very serious about the quest, and to see them satsified, you can't measure that."
In 2006, Ellie Loudermilk became a published author of "A Ramble Through Olde Perry." It takes readers on a guided tour documenting the years of the town's oldest homes. Since then, she's been driving force behind archiving the history of Perry.
"I love connecting people to people."
It's in the heritage room where these connections made. Loudermilk put together tons of books detailing the lives of Perry's oldest families.
"Now what you see is what people have brought and I call that Perry's gift to Perry."
She's a former teacher, member of the DAR, and president of the Historic Preservation Society.
"Miss Ellie was a force here, that all of the kids, they feel like they have come back home when they see Miss Ellie. She was a part of their history," says Betty Gray, docent, Perry Area Historical Museum.
"When we cane here in 1971, I thought we would probably be here for a year. It was just a stopover you know, we were young, and we we had big plans for our lives," says Loudermilk.
Now 40 years later, Ellie's big plans turned into leaving her mark on Perry's history, by keeping it alive.
For more information on how you can learn more about Perry's history visit http://www.perryhistoricalsociety.org/museum.html.