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Coming in September 2015

Genetic Genealogy                Workshop

A Genetic Genealogy Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in collaboration with the Jay County Public Library.  The first session will be from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the Community Room of the Jay county Public Library.  Session 2 will be from 10:45-11:45 AM at the Jay county Historical Society.  Free refreshment will be offered prior to Session 1 and at the conclusion of Session 2.  There is no charge for the workshop, which is open to the public.  No registration is required.  Attendees may attend one or both sessions.  The presenter of both sessions will be Dr. Michael D. Lacopo, Professional Genealogist and member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.



Funds Still Needed for Renovation

Increasing the size of our museum seems more pressing each month as we continue to receive historical artifacts and materials which are an important part of our heritage.  With the merger of the Historical and Genealogical Societies, adding space to combine the two collections in one building is a top priority.  With attendance at our program meetings steadily increasing, we are becoming more aware of the need for a larger meeting space.  Your tax deductible donation will help us toward our goal of expanding our museum space.

Work is progressing on our new 3,500 square foot addition at the back of the museum.  The cement is poured, the walls, trusses, and roof are on, restrooms and storage areas are framed, and electrical work is beginning.  It is exciting to watch the progress being made.

We thank those of you who have generously donated, but we have not yet reached our goal of $1800,000.  More funding is still needed.  We would appreciated help from any of our members and friends who can do so.  Every donation counts, no matter how large or small.  Checks may be mailed to the museum at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN  47371.  Because we are 501c-3 organization, any donations given toward this project are ax deductible.