2013 Heritage Festival
The 11th Annual Jay County Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum grounds. Admission to the festival and museum are free. Parking will again be available on the East Elementary School parking lot with golf carts available to take visitors to the museum.,
The theme for this year’s event was announced as “Some Who Have Touched Jay County.” That has been altered slightly to be “Honoring Jay County’s Volunteer Firemen.” Vintage fire trucks from various departments will be on display, and special presentations will honor the fireman from the six communities in the county — Bryant, Dunkirk, Pennville, Portland, Redkey, and Salamonie.
Saturday will once again feature kettle cooked ham and beans and Sunday’s fare will be kettle cooked chicken and noodles. The usual footlong hotdogs, porkburgers, carmel corn, cotton candy, apple fritters, ice cream sundae bar, and other food items will be available both days.
Included in the stage entertainment this year will be the Brass Image, Jay County Community Band, and, on Saturday, a return visit from Abe Lincoln. The children’s area will include the usual activities of painting pumpkins, making birdhouses from gourds, walking on stilts, games, and other activities. A second children’s tent will be added with three rotating activities. These include Curt Burnett with animals from the Limberlost State Historic Site at Geneva, Jane Spencer making corn husk dolls, and a Musical Petting Zoo directed by Pete Vogler. This petting zoo is a part of the MusicWorks program at Arts Place. With the help of an adult, kids will be able to try their hand at the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, or trombone.
A traditional petting zoo will also be available and will include a cow, rabbits, goats, chickens, and a miniature horse. Many demonstrators and crafters will be attending, including quilting, weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, wood carving, and other arts. There will be early American encampments on the grounds and horse and wagon rides.
The museum will also be open for visitors to view displays.
The Artist and The Doctor
A Special Exhibit
The Museum held a special open house on June 9 to honor Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Jane Gillum. The museum’s newest exhibit creates an atmosphere that makes visitors feel as if they are in the home of the artist and the doctor. Furniture, apothecary bottles from Doc’s collection, china pieces painted by Jane, model airplanes, and many other mementos of their time in Jay County are on display.
While you are visiting this special display, please don’t forget to sign the registration book for the Gillums!
Thank you to the Gillum family for making this exhibit possible through their generosity and assistance.
New Museum Hours
Beginning immediately, the Jay County Historical Museum will be closed on Mondays and open from 10 to 4 on Saturdays! This should allow more visitors to enjoy our displays and use the genealogy library.
Our paid office staff is also changing. Chris Kennedy, who has been working part-time, is now there from 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday. Mary Butcher has gone from full-time to part-time hours and will usually be working one day per week.