Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Versailles Area Museum to Reopen

Well February has arrived and the Versailles Area Museum is alive with activity for our 2016 season.

Our kick-off is on Saturday February 6th with our Roaring 20’s Dinner. We hope you ordered a ticket for this exciting evening!

On Sunday February 7th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 the Museum re-opens with many wonderful new displays and upgrades. Thanks to our many generous donors, new windows have been added to the east in our north Gallery. New displays featured include “Native Sons & Daughters” in our center Gallery featuring many locals who have left to carry the name of our many villages to great heights in their life.

“Grandma’s Feather Bed” in our north Gallery features beds and bedding from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Also over 30 wonderful quilts add to this colorful display of early bedrooms.

“Give Me s Call” is a whimsical look at our early telephones. Who doesn’t remember a “party line” or operator assisted calls? “Say Cheese” is a look at cameras through the last century and how it has influenced our lives. Other areas have had a fresh touch that will surely bring back memories to many.

Also in February we kick off our Speaker Series. On February 21st at 2:00 p.m. we welcome home Conner Keiser to hear his fascinating story of his ancestors and their connection to Darke County’s own Longtown. This community for free blacks was an important place in America’s post Civil War society and our earliest struggle for Civil Rights. Conner has been welcomed to many area museums with his story, but this will be his first presentation for us and we are so proud to welcome him home to share with all of us his fascinating research.

On February 29th we celebrate Leap Year with the return of our very popular Last Monday’s at 1:00 p.m. Our first gathering of the new season we will reminisce about days gone by in Versailles. This will be the last in our Village series of “All Roads Lead Home”. We hope you’ll gather up your school chums, old neighbors and those who moved away to come back and join us as we remember going to school, or church, shopping or playing sports in Versailles!

If this is just February, can you imagine what’s in store for the rest of 2016? Plan to stop by and visit, we’ll be waiting for you! For private tours contact the museum at 526-4222.

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