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Christmas at the Museum

Seventeen trees decorated by outside groups and organization, along with several others done by museum volunteers, are scattered throughout the museum, along with decorations.  The last weekend Open House of the year will be on Saturday, December 16, from 1-4 PM.  Refreshments will also be available ar you view decorations and historic displays.

The trees and other decorations may be viewed during any time the museum is open on Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM through the end of December.  However, the museum will be closed on Friday, December 22nd through Monday, December 25th, and again on Friday, December 29th though Monday, January 1st.

Thanks to all of our board members and other volunteers who have spent many hours decorating the museum and will put it all away after the holidays.  As always, admission to the museum ifs free, but supplies and donations for the Jay County Humane Society will be accepted.

 Portland Foundation Grant Received

The Board of Trustees of the Portland Foundation has app-roved a grant for the Jay County Historical Society in the amount of $3,000.  This grant will be paid from funds held by the Foundation.

This funding will be used to help defray the cost of entertainment, advertising, kids’ games and crafts, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses of the Heritage Festival. We sincerely thank the Portland Foundation for these grants, as will as their continues financial support for the other projects at the museum.

The Circle of Corydon

Congratulations to Rob Weaver and Jack Ronald, who were recently presented with a new award, The Circle of Corydon.  Rob is a JCHS board member and is owner and operator of WPGW radio.  Jack is the publisher of The Commercial Review.  The award honors those who have made a “remarkable contribution to the betterment of Indiana and “demonstrated in life and in service the qualities exemplified by our state’s great citizens.”  The awards, signed by Governor Eric Holcomb, were presented by Senator Travis Holdman at a ceremony at the John Jay Center for Learning.  Both of these very deserving gentlemen, who were lured to John Jay for different reasons, were surprised when they were announced a award winners.

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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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