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New Displays Taking Shape at Museum

As Spring approaches, new displays are appearing at the museum.  Visitors are welcome to visit during regular hours of 10 to 4, Tuesday through Friday.

A genealogy display, in preparation for Genealogy Day, has been arranged in the showcases in the genealogy library.  It contains many tools for doing family research which are available in our genealogy library.

A display of advertising pencils, pens, matchbook, and other small items were donated by Cheryl Martin Myers, and bring back memories of past businesses.  Also, showcases with Easter decorations from the past.  Some existing displays have also been revamped and have more signage added to them.

The large display boards in the museums feature painting by local artist Steve McClung.  Steve is of of ten children born to Portland residents Raymond and Nellie Weibush McClung.  Steve graduated from Portland High School in 1958, attended Manchester College, and then married Sheron Thorn in 1962.  Steve began painting professionally in 1963. Steve’s painting will be on display at the museum throughout the next several months.

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2016 Jay County Community Awards

Co-presidents Larry Hiatt and Kay Locker received a plaque for the Jay County Historical Society as a finalist for 2016 Not-for-Profit of the Year.  The award program is sponsored by the Jay County Chamber if Commerce.  We were pleased to be one of the tree groups nominated for this award.  A Better Life-Brianna’s Hope was the award winner.  ABLBH is a recovery group for those battling substance abuse, which was founded by Rev. Randy Davis in Redkey in 2014.  The John Jay Center for Learning was the third finalist in this group.

Heritage Festival

The first meeting of the committee planing the 15th Annual Jay County Heritage Festival for September 23rd and 24th was held recently.  This year’s event will have some changes in the menu.  In place of the chicken and noodles, chili will be served on Sunday.  Brats will be added both days along with the choice of either a fool long or regular hot dog.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18th, at 6:30 PM at the museum.  Anyone that would like to help with the planning of this event is welcome to attend the next  meeting.

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New Books  & CD Available

Three items by Jay County native John Sherman are now available for purchase at the museum.  “Home-Stories of a Childhood Told in Poems” is a CD featuring a collection of poems that provide reflections on his childhood home on a small Jay County farm.  Many of these poems are included in his book, Marjorie Main-Rural Documentary Poetry from the 1940’s to 1960’s, which sells for $9.  The CD sells for $15.

War Stories” A Memoir of Nigeria and Biafra is a book which began as a journal kept by Sherman while he was a member of a food/medical team operated by the International Committee of the Red Cross during the Nigerian Civil War in the 1960’s.  It sell for $10.


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Officers Elected for 2016

board, 5-12-16

Jay County Historical Society, Inc. officers for 2016 were elected at the board’s December meeting.  Larry Hiatt and Kay Locker will be serving as co-presidents again this year.  Carter Leonard will be vice president.  Jane Spencer was re-elected as secretary and Judy Zearbaugh as treasurer.

Pictured are the 2016 board of directors seated from left, are Karen Resler, Claudia Jones, Judy Zearbaugh, Kay Locker, Jane Spencer, and Janice Stucky.  Standing, from left are Phil Rager, Larry Hiatt, Bob Vance, Carter Leonard, Larry Bubp, Rob Weaver, Blake Watson, Sylvia Morrical, and David Frasher.

Following the sudden death of Ralph Grapner in January, at their February meeting, the JCHS Board elected Claudia Jones to replace him for the rest of his term, which ends in December 2016.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to contact any of the above board members.  Should you wish to appear before the board, please contact the museum to be placed on the agenda.

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Legacy Calendar

2016 Historic Legacy Calendar had been registered as a Bicentennial Legacy Project by the Jay County Historical Society.  Each day of 2016 will have a tidbit of Jay County history and each month will feature an historic picture of a Jay County location.  An 1864 Jay County map is also included.  Janice Stucky has done the  research and preparing of this calendar.  It would make a nice Christmas present to some one from Jay County.


The calendars are on sale at the museum for $10.00.  If you prefer to have it mailed, also include $3.00 for postage and handling.  

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April Monthly Meeting

The museum’s Program Meeting on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 PM will focus on genealogy.  In a short skit prepared by JCHS Genealogy Committee members, Blake Watson will be portraying his great, great grandfather, John Allen Landess.  The skit will acquaint those in attendance with the vast collection of genealogical resources available at the museum.  The aim of the program is to equip those beginning their genealogy research with the skills to aid them in discovering their family’s history.

Museum Hours

Winter is the season when we have fewer visitors at the museum and when volunteers are working to rearrange displays.  This year we will be moving more items into our new addition and renovating other areas.

However, when weather permits, 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.

A new display already in place is about the local Grange.  Stop by and see this in the library showcases.

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