Wednesday, April 27, 2016

May to be Busy Month at the Versailles Area Museum

The Versailles Area Museum is looking forward to May and all of the exciting events it brings to our museum. May is National Preservation Month and we will celebrate by inducting three special ladies into our group recognized for their efforts in preserving history locally and beyond. On May 15th the museum will honor Mary Ann Olding, Cynthia Loxley Vogel, and the late Alice Kueterman Huffman. These three remarkable women have enhanced the preservation of history through individual family history preservation, site preservation and through authoring books to expand our knowledge of history.

At 1:00 p.m. on May 15th a short program of recognition will happen in the Military room at the museum with a reception to follow. Last year’s inductees are also invited to come and share the afternoon filled with reminiscing, fellowship and of course history talk from the experts! Come and enjoy the afternoon and share some of your stories too.

Also in May local bird expert, Bob Luttmer will share his fascinating facts about birds leaving our area based on habitat changes and why Grandma’s favorite birds may be gone and what we all can do to bring them home to roost. This “Last Monday” program comes early because of Memorial Day on May 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

On Monday May 30th we all pause to remember those who served our country and especially those who paid the ultimate price. We invite the community to join us and others at Versailles’ Memorial Day Program at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenlawn Cemetery for the annual community remembrance. From noon till four that day the museum will be open for special hours, tours or quite reflection in our Military Room will be available. On display, thanks to the generous arrangement by Garst Museum, Homer Prakel, one of several Versailles Area War heroes is remembered through his special WWI uniform tailored in Paris for his special service in Russia during the post Bolshevik Revolution. This wonderfully preserved uniform is just one of many treasurers in our care in our Military displays.

Also as we change over to late spring and summer we will need to say good bye to our wonderful “Grandma’s Feather Bed” display (thanks to our friends at the Darke County Parks, Shawnee Prairie for loaning us their beautiful, antique rope bed for this display), to make way for “Historic Wedding Clothes Over the past 100 Years”. So hurry in and see our current displays also including “Our Native Sons & Daughters Display”. Soon 65 years of Poultry Days and the 35th Anniversary of the Jeff Warrick Ultimate Frisbee Classic will be newly featured displays.

If you have a Poultry Days costume/dress especially from the early years or of Little Miss Chick outfits that you are willing to loan for our display or other historic items from one of Ohio’s longest running and oldest events, please call the museum at 937-526-4222 and leave us a message. Also if you loaned items for our Feather Bed display, items may be picked up after May 15th. We thank-you for your generosity!

We look forward to welcoming you each Sunday from 1-4 and by appointment to enjoy the Versailles Area Museum where we strive to preserve our past for today and tomorrow!

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