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Gas Boom Retreat May 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

On Thursday, May 1,from 5 to 8 p.m., James A. Glass, Phd., noted historic preservationist and author on the 1886 to 1905 Gas Boom will facilitate a workshop at the Museum.  A trip through Dunkirk, Pennville, Portland, and Redkey reveals the legacy of the 1886 discovery of natural gas in Jay County.  Many buildings and homes built during the boom time which followed are still standing. Dr. Glass will help us identify, label, map, and hopefully preserve our historic buildings. He will also assist us in developing strategies for using our gas boom heritage to attract visitors. Our eventual hope is to join with the other 20 Gas Boom counties in the region to create a tourism trail.  The event is sponsored by the Jay County Historical Society, Jay County Visitors and Tourism Bureau, and individual donors. It is free and open to all interested in working to achieve our goal.  Please RSVP to 260-726-7168 or email research@jaycountyhistory.org to reserve a spot.


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.