Thursday, May 14, 2015

Versailles Area Historical Society News

May is National Preservation Month
May is National Preservation Month and to celebrate the Versailles Area Historical Society will honor six living historians who through the years have written and or in other ways preserved our local history.

Several years ago our Society’s Board met with a representative of the Ohio Historical Society and he encouraged us to preserve our stories. The six ladies selected this year to be recognized have done this in extraordinary ways.

Mary Ann Davidson of Russia compiled the Russia history for the nations Bicentennial and continues to keep the proud history of this community alive. Mary Ann Monnin Doyle created a newsletter to celebrate and keep the French culture alive for future generations. Gail Pittenbarger Brandewie helped give voice to her father’s early reels of video of Versailles business and updated it several times through the years. Again keeping our story alive! Ruth Schieltz helped record local church histories and advised many on searching for their roots. Lois Ann Judy Baker traveled the countryside rediscovering lost history and cemeteries to remind the future generations of who we were and are. Juanita Gerling devoted her life to writing and especially sharing our story with all who would listen that we might tell it to our children.

These extraordinary ladies will be recognized on June 7th at 1:00 p.m. for their gifts of preservation to our communities and to give us the opportunity to say thank-you for their generous gift of preserving our past for the future. We hope you will join us!

Dedication to Take Place
On Memorial Day May 25th in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. the Versailles V.F.W. & Am. Legion will dedicate the new flag pole at the Versailles Area Museum. We hope you will join us on this special occasion as we honor our nation and those who sacrificed on her behalf.

The Museum will be open both May 24th & 25th from 1:00 to 4:00 each day. Please stop in to see our many new displays.

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