Volume 11, Issue 4
From Glynn Marsh
Your historical society has been busy all summer holding
special events and making improvements to the History Center.
1 want to thank all of our hardworking volunteers who have
contributed their time and money to our programs and other
activities. There are too many individuals to list here, but you
will recognize some of their names in reports that appear in
other sections of this newsletter.
After a very well-attended hymn sing program on July 26th,
many guests stopped afterwards and asked when we would be
holding the next one, Perhaps this is something to consider as
an aIU1ual event. We certainly like to showcase our building and
the many displays that we have on hand, and special events
such as the hymn sing do just that. The Schools Exhibit and
Randolph class photos continue to draw interest, although most
of the photos will be taken down later this fall and replaced with
Much effort has been expended these past few weeks with
landscaping the flower beds on the south side of the building.
Member Paul Dewey donated nine boxwood bushes from his
garden, and Maureen and Keith Aukernan along with Bill
Gothard dug and 1ransplanted them to our site along with some
of Maureen's Happy Returns lilies, Maureen, Keith and Sue
planted three pyramidal arborvitae a week later. These planting
will provide s1ructure for flowers to be added later this fall or
next spring. The Society installed an outside faucet on the back
of the building so the greenery can be watered more easily.
Bill and I have had to mow grass at least once a week all
summer. We waterproofed the stucco on the north foundation
and repaired the concrete steps on the west side of the archives
room. Some touch-up painting has been done, so the building
should be in good shape for the winter. Now, if we can only
get our protective storm windows from Champion Windows
ordered more than a year ago. We have enlisted help from the
BBB of Dayton to spur the company to complete our order.
On September 22, a bus tour of Ohio National Road Ass'n
(ONRA) board members stopped at the Center. They were
impressed with our building and the exhibits, especially the
National Road exhibit on the lower level. Bob Menker gave a
very interesting talk on the "History of the Bicycle" on
Saturday, September 26. Bob is a local collector of antique
bicycles and paper ephemera about them, and does a fine job
sharing his knowledge with others. The Society's regular
October meeting will carry on with the antiques theme.
Attendees are asked to bring a family antique, photo, or mystery
object for "show and tell." If you do not have an object to
bring, come share your memories about some events that used
to take place in our area, e.g., the Jaycees haunted houses,
trick-or-treating, etc. !
Finally, while getting ready for the holidays, make time to
help with and attend the Society's first Holiday Bazaar and
Open House on Saturday, December 12 from 10-4. We will
have delicious baked goods, and lots of unique items for sale,
including our hot-off-the-press "REMEMBER WHEN" history
photo calendar for 2010. (Order Form)