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Going to State!

The Indiana State Historical Society decorated a Christmas tree with ornaments from various counties in Indiana.  It is their goal to have all 92 counties represented on the tree.  Thanks to local artist Steve McClung, Jay County will have an ornament of the tree this December.  The ornament is a sketch of an Interurban Car like the ones that once came into Portland,  The sketch is in a small gray, wooden frame.

Portland Foundation Grant Received

The Jay County Historical Society was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $4,500 to help fund this year’s annual Jay County Heritage Festival.  This grant, along with other donations from individual, businesses, and organizations allows us to provide quality entertainment and programming free of charge to the community.

Connect to JCHS

The Jay County Historical Society website, www.jaycountyhistory.org, is currently being revised, thanks to a grant from the Portland, Foundation.  Keep watching for changes being made by Craig Frazee and his staff at Dynamic Business Solutions.

Are you a Facebook user?  Like our page, “Jay County Historical Society,” and you will continue to see our posts.  We try to keep you posted about Open House events, Program Meetings, etc.  There are also several photos of the museum displays.

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:

                                                                        Hoodies……………………..$12

                                                                        Sweatshirts………………….$10

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

                                                                        Caps…………………………..$3

There are no shirts left for Madison and only small sized t-shirts for Portland,  However, we have LOTSS for Gray Redbirds and some for the other schools.

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!

Items are continuously coming into the museum.  Although not all can be put on display immediately, we will try to highlight some which are.

Four members of the Indiana World Organization of China Painters with Jay County ties currently have some of their work on temporary load for a display at the museum.  This display is located in the cases in the kitchen.  Those displaying china items ate Portland residents Jane Spencer and Alice Paxson and Geneva residents Larry and Pat Elick, who formerly lived in Portland.

Received recently is a 1931 Dunkirk High School senior class composite.  The Portland High School class of 1968 has also donated a class composite of their 174 members to the museum.  These, as well as composited from other county schools, draw much attention as visitors search for photos of family members and friends.

Also on display is a painting by Charlene George, recognized artist and was an art teacher at Judge Haynes Elementary School, and other paintings done by Harry Leonard and his daughter-in-law, Vicki Leonard.   A sampling of model cars which were collected by the late Ralph May and portraits by early Jay County photographers are also still on display.

Another recent acquisition is a bed which belonged to Judge and Mrs. Emerson McGriff.  Judge McGriff was a Judge of the Circuit Court when the Jay County Courthouse was built in 1916.

A showcase in the Domestic Arts Room holds the thimble collection of the late Linda Garringer.  It reflects Linda’s extensive travels and gifts from friends.

 

 

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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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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.

 

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