The open signs are down, but the work goes on for the trustees of the Fayette County Historical Society’s Museum.
It was a busy season at the museum this past summer. The exhibits were interesting and those who visited were very complimentary. Thanks to the Fayette County Sheriff, we also had a wonderful antique agricultural display at the fair.
Since closing the doors for the 2015 season, the museum has benefited from the expertise of Fayette County’s veterans who graciously gave their time to help correctly identify the dozens of uniforms housed on the second floor of the museum. Look for a more attractive display of war memorabilia when the museum re-opens in 2016. And, when you see or meet a veteran, thank them for their service to the country and to the museum.
On Beggar’s Night next Thursday, several trustees along with Halloween ghouls and goblins will be passing out candy as residents view the museum’s 1800’s hearse.
The trustees will be hosting the annual Historical Society’s Meeting of the Membership on Nov. 5. However, membership is not required to attend. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall at St. Colman’s Church. A social period will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be Jon Anderson and he will speak about the “Real Boardwalk Empire.” As Anderson unravels sordid tales from President Warren Harding’s presidency, residents may find they are familiar with some of the main characters.
Anderson is a researcher for the Harding Home Presidential Site in Marion, Ohio. He will share with us the real stories of Fayette County natives, U.S. Attorney General Harry Daugherty and his sidekick, Jesse Smith. Many pieces of the museum’s Daugherty collection will be on display. Mark the calendars and don’t miss this opportunity to journey into Fayette County’s political past.
The annual meeting is also when memberships to the Historical Society are renewed, and, when new memberships are purchased. And for that history buff on the shopping list, a membership to the Fayette County Historical Society is a great gift all year long.
On Dec. 5, the annual Cookie/Candy sale will be held at the museum from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Last year was a sell-out. The Historical Society is fortunate to have the “best bakers in the county” and “the best customers in the county.” Residents can take care of all the holiday baking in one morning by attending the cookie sale.
The Fayette County Museum, located at 517 Columbus Ave. in Washington C.H., is owned by the Fayette County Historical Society and is operated by its volunteer Board of Trustees. If there are suggestions for exhibits, for a speaker series, if a speaker is needed for a club or organization, or if someone would like to book a tour, call the Museum at (740) 335-2953 and leave a message. A trustee will return the call. Or, attend the annual meeting and speak directly to a trustee.