Monday, July 24, 2017

Museum’s New Display Now Open

The Versailles Area Museum has officially opened a new display reflecting on the rich history of petroleum stations in the surrounding communities.

Tom Mendenhall, an active volunteer at the museum came up with this superb idea over a year ago working on the “How can we do this?” After much planning and the efforts of many the new display moved in on June 20th and is ready for you to all come and enjoy.

This display features Versailles Oil & Gas which later became known to numerous generations as Gus’s. The Station was originally located west of the Buckeye Overall Company on West Main Street and later at the corner of South Center Street and Marker Road or State Route 121.

Numerous area Stations are also featured in photos and memorabilia. Yet Gus’s is our focus. Our thanks to Gus Barga’s son Doug, daughter, and son-in-law Carmen and Jon Snyder, several items are featured from the long-time Versailles establishment.

What would a Station be without a car? Thanks to John McEldowney and his Dad, Phil we have a fantastic 1929 Ford Model A parked in our lobby with a lovely lady waiting to have her car serviced at the local station as she returns home from a local shopping excursion. What might she have paid per gallon in 1932?

Other friends of the museum including Art Gaier, Sarah Magoto, Ron Kramer, and Tom Mendenhall added to the display that will be talked about by all who stop by to visit 1930’s Versailles.

We invite you to join us any Sunday from 1-4 and browse with old friends, enjoy the many new displays, and to hear our story. A reminder we will be CLOSED July 30th for a special museum program at 2:00 p.m. at the Versailles Performing Arts Center at Versailles High School. All are invited!

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