May Monthly Meeting Off-Site

Jim Waechter will host JCHS and the general public at a meeting at the Museum of the Soldier, 510 East Arch Street, on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7 pm.  The program will include a history of the Museum of the Soldier and a tour of the facility.  Do NOT go to the Historical Museum that evening.

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!


Items in a display about the “End of an Era” for March Supermarkets have been changed.  Wilmer Marsh began in the grocery business when he opened a store in Salem, a Jay County community just north of the Randolph County line, in 1925.  The store was in the former Morehouse Brothers General Merchandise building.

Spring has sprung in our clothing area as items for warmer weather have replaced winter attire.

A display that is not new to the museum, but sometimes missed in the corner of our Medical Room, is an iron lung.  This machine kept many people alive during the polio epidemic which swept through Jay County in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Several model cars are on displays as part of a collection from the late Ralph May.  Others will be put out at a later date.

Several pieces of artwork by the late Harry J. Loenard and his daughter-in-law, Vickie Odle Leonard, remain on display at the museum.

Among pictures by former Jay County photographers which are on display are those done by J.C. Clapp of The Challenge Art Gallery and Pennville photographers Grabill and Gilman.

Several item from the former Pennville Elementary School continue to be on display.



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