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Shirts for Sale!!!

 Cool Cayenne Authentic Printed Shirt Company, located in Muncie, recently closed a second store which they had operated in Portland.  The Portland store had produced a vaeriety of shirts and caps for the eight former Jay County high schools.  While in business, they had given a percentage of their sale of these shirts to JCHS.  Upon closing, they donated their extra school shirts to JCHS to sell.

Shirts are available at bargain prices for each school on a limited basis.  If interested, contact the museum to see if we have your school, size, and shirt type.  When these are gone, they are gone!  The items are priced as follows:



                                                                        T-Shirts (long & short)………$5


Questions about the availability of the items above will only be answered by phone, 726-7168 or a visit to the museum.  

Heritage Festival Theme Chosen

This year’s Heritage Festival will focus on five local organizations.  The theme will be “Honoring Cincinnatus, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist, and Rotary.”

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, September 23rd from 11 AM to 4 PM.  As always, admission to the festival and museum will be free of charge.

Vendors, re-enactors, and historic demonstrators will be setting up on the museum grounds, along with displays inside the museum.  Entertainment will be presented on stage throughout both days.  There will be crafts and other activities for the children.

All food items will be served ala carte this year.  The menu will again include kettle cooked ham and beans and cornbread on Saturday and kettle-cooked chili on Sunday.  Sandwiches, to be available both days, are footlong hot dogs, with or without Spanish sauce, brats and kraut, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers.

The Ice Cream Parlor will be featuring dishes of ice cream, Sundaes, floats, and Dutch apple or sugar cream pie.  Cotton candy and our ever-popular Heritage Festival Caramel Corn will also be available for purchase.

Look What’s New!



Chris and Glen bickel donated several items to the museum.  Those include large gold framed portraits of Francis (Nate) and Lydia Theurer Bickel, a framed Civil War medallion which belonged to Nate Bickel, the Bickel family Bible, and a Regina Music Box.

Former Portland resident Ron Stith recently donated one of the first uniforms worn by the Portland Rockets.  The uniforms were purchased by Dick Runkle from a Fort Wayne team that was no longer playing.  These used uniforms were revamped for use as the Rockets first uniforms.

The Portlaned High School class of 1968 has donated a class composite of their 174 members to the museum.  This will be added to our collection of composite from almost every PHSD graduating class.  These, as well as composited from other county schools, draw much attention as visitors search fro photos of family members and friends.


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.