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June Program Meeting

The June Program Meeting will be held at the Historical Museum at 7 PM on Tuesday, June 26th.  We will be hearing from three gentlemen who have had the privilege of going on a Northeast Indiana Honor Flight from Fort Wayne to our nation’s capitol to tour the war monuments.  Thurman Hisey and Jack Houck, who made the flight on May 23rd, and Salty Stults, who had been part of a previous flight, will be sharing their feeling and experiences.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, D.C, to reflect at their memorial.  Top priority is given to older veterans or those who are terminally ill.  All flights are funded by community donations and free of charge to the veterans being honored because they have already given enough.  Volunteer guradians, often family members, make donations to honor the veterans by escorting them on the trip and helping them throughout the day.

The public is invited to attend this program meeting.

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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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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