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Monthly Program Meetings Begin

The first Monthly Program Meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 7 PM.  At our meeting on March 20th, program chair Rob Weaver will be giving us “An Inside Look at the November 5th Tornado”.

Casey and Jenny Wagner will be present to tell their story of being caught in their hog barns while the tornado was moving overhead and destroying the barns around them.  Also, Ralph Frazee, Jay County’s Emergency Management Director, will be on hand to discuss the wide spread damage that occurred that day here in Jay County.

We hope may of you can join us that evening to hear more about the weather that caused Jay County to be featured on the national news.

Grant Received

The Jay County Historical Society has been awarded a grant in the amount of $4,500 from the Portland Foundation.  This grant will be used to help pay for redesigning and updating the society’s website.  The work will be done throughout this calendar year by Craig Frazee of Dynamic Business Solutions, Inc., of Portland at a total cost of $4,975.

Look What’s New!


Last month we highlighted two new displays which volunteers have prepared at the museum is being readied for its first Open House of the year on April 14th.  Those are the displays of painting by Harry Leonard and his daughter-in-law, Vickie Odle Leonard, and the little red chair and doll which now overlook Janice Stucky’s desk.  Another new display, prepared by Claudia Jones from the Cheryl Myers collection, is a group of photographs by some of Jay County’s early photographers.



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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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