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Jay County Community Award Finalist


The Jay County Historical Society is among the finalists to receive Jay County Community Awards in March.  Each year, Jay County individuals and organizations are awarded Jay County Community Awards.  These awards are sponsored by the Jay County Chamber of Commerce.  Persons or groups are nominated, and three finalists are named in each category.  Chamber members then vote for their favorites.  The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the evening of March 2, 2017.

The Jay County Historical Society is very pleased to have been nominated as a finalist for Not-for-Profit of the Year.  Other finalists in that category are the John Jay Center for Learning and A Better Life–Brianna’s Hope.

We are proud to have been nominated and thank all of our members and volunteers for their help in making this recognition possible.


Heritage Festival Plans Begin


Although it is only February, September 23rd and 24th will come around very quickly.  Those are the dates for the 15th Annual Jay County Heritage Festival.  The first planning session for this event will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, at 6:30 PM at the museum.  Anyone wishing to help with organizing the festival, or anyone with ideas to contribute, is welcome to attend.

One of the first things on the agenda for the opening meeting will be to choose a theme for this year’s event.  If you have ideas, let us know.





Tuesday, March 28

Monthly Program Meeting, 7:00 PM


Saturday, April 8

Open House, 1:00-4:00 PM

Friday, April 14

Museum Closed, Good Friday

Tuesday, April 25

Monthly Program Meeting, 7:00 PM


Saturday, May 13

Open House, 1:00-4:00 PM

Saturday, May 20

Open House, 1:00-4:00 PM

Tuesday, May 23

Monthly Program Meeting, 7:00 PM


Saturday, June 17

Open House, 10:00 – 4:00 PM

(Portland Alumni)

Sunday, June 18

Open House, 1:00-4:00 PM

Tuesday, June 27

Monthly Program Meeting, 7:00 PM


Monday, July 10 – Saturday, July 15

Booth at Jay County Fair

Tuesday, July 25

Annual Picnic, 6:30 PM


Saturday, August 12

Open House, 1:00-4:00 PM

Tuesday, August 15

Monthly Program Meeting, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 23 to Saturday, August 26

Booth at Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Show


Saturday, September 23

Heritage Festival, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday, September 24

Heritage Festival, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Tuesday, October 17

Monthly Program Meeting, 7:00 PM


Tuesday, November 7

Annual Dinner Meeting, 6:30 PM at Asbury UM Church

Thursday, November 23

Museum Closed, Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 25

Christmas at the Museum, 1:00 – 4:00 PM


Saturday, December 2

Museum Candlelight Tour, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Sunday, December 10

Family Day, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Saturday, December 16

Christmas at the Museum, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Friday, December 22

Museum Closed, Christmas

Friday, December 29

Museum Closed, New Year’s






Museum Hours

Winter is the season when we have fewer visitors at the museum and when volunteers are working to rearrange displays.  This year we will be moving more items into our new addition and renovating other areas.

However, when weather permits, the Jay County Historical Museum will be closed on Mondays.  

The museum is open from Tuesday through Friday at 10 to 4:00 PM. 

Monday and Saturday the museum is open by chance or by appointment.

A new display already in place is about the local Grange.  Stop by and see this in the library showcases.