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Annual Dinner Meeting

The Annual Dinner Meeting of the Jay County Historical Society will be held at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 7, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, Portland.  The cost of the meal is $10.  Reservations and payment must be at the museum by 4 PM Tuesday, October 31st.  Please enter through the north entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

The meal will be prepared by the Joy Circle of the church.  The menu includes a pork chop, creamy mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry salad, roll, pumpkin chiffon dessert, and drink.

During the business portion of the evening, five persons will be elected to the Board of Directors of the Historical Society.  Those whose terms expire this year are Kay Locker, Sylvia Morrical, Jane Spencer, Blake Watson, and Rob Weaver.  Nominations for these positions will be taken from the floor that evening.

The highlight of the evening will be the showing of a video from the 1986 Jay County Historical Society Annual Meeting.  It features Myron Freeman and Gordon Meeker discussing some of the “characters” who lived in Portland during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Make your reservation now to cast your vote for board members, enjoy a delicious meal, and enjoy stories about some of Portland’s early residents.

 Portland Foundation Grant Received

The Board of Trustees of the Portland Foundation has app-roved a grant for the Jay County Historical Society in the amount of $3,000.  This grant will be paid from funds held by the Foundation.

This funding will be used to help defray the cost of entertainment, advertising, kids’ games and crafts, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses of the Heritage Festival. We sincerely thank the Portland Foundation for these grants, as wll as their continues financial support for the other projects at the museum.

The Circle of Corydon

Congratulations to Rob Weaver and Jack Ronald, who were recently presented with a new award, The Circle of Corydon.  Rob is a JCHS board member and is owner and operator of WPGW radio.  Jack is the publisher of The Commercial Review.  The award honors those who have made a “remarkable contribution to the betterment of Indiana and “demonstrated in life and in service the qualities exemplified by our state’s great citizens.”  The awards, signed by Governor Eric Holcomb, were presented by Senator Travis Holdman at a ceremony at the John Jay Center for Learning.  Both of these very deserving gentlemen, who were lured to John Jay for different reasons, were surprised when they were announced a award winners.

Museum Hours

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.