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Christmas Dinner with the Preble County Historical Society

It is time once again for the 2016 Christmas Dinner Gathering
Experience a Magical Evening of Dining, Music and Cheer!
Friday, December 2nd or Saturday, December 3rd

Click HERE for the full details in this  Christmas Dinner PDF Brochure


 Yankee Clover Mercantile Visit for ASG

Our next meeting Tuesday, December 6th, as the Antique Study Group will take a road trip to Lewisburg, Ohio.  The group will meet at 6:30 at the “Yankee Clover Mercantile” owned and operated by Jerry and Jackie Gross.  They will give us a brief history of the building, which is located on: 208 N. Commerce St. Lewisburg, OH 45338 and then open the store for some holiday shopping that evening.  If you haven’t visited their unique shop, you will be in for a real treat as they have wonderful antiques and many other great decorating items.    What a great time to pick up that special gift for someone (or yourself)!   I believe Sheryl and Jean are teaming up to provide some Christmas Holiday refreshments for the group.

Also if you have not signed up for the PCHS Christmas Dinner Fundraiser this Saturday December 3rd (Friday is sold out), contact Misti ASAP.   We hope to see everyone at the December Christmas Dinner and the Antique Study Group meeting!

Sincerely,
Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair



Fort St. Clair – Rebuilding the Fort

On Tuesday November 1st the Antique Study Group met at the Preble County Historical Society Center and welcomed guest speakers David Maynard and Craig Keener.  David was representing the recently formed Fort St. Clair Association which is involved in researching the history of Fort St. Clair (built in 1791 – 1792) and developing plans to possibly one day rebuild the fort and establish a museum at the park.   David gave us an excellent listing of the mission and goals the Association has established to help guide them in this project and to insure they are being historically correct in their efforts.   They are reaching out to experts locally and across several states, plus inviting others to get involved who share an interest in this project with the objective of “Doing it Right”.
To give our group of around 25 attendees a sense of the importance that Fort St. Clair played in the development of this area, state, and country back in the late 1700’s, Dave introduced us to our second speaker Craig Keener.  Craig shared his knowledge of why and how these forts (St. Clair, Fort Hamilton, Fort Jefferson, Fort Greenville, etc.) played a key role in both the success and failures of the United States militia and the local Indian nation.   Most of us have either forgotten or didn’t realize that US officers such as Anthony Wayne and Arthur St. Clair were fighting battles with the Indian chief Little Turtle in this very area of Preble County just 11 years before Ohio became a state!
Again we want to thank David and Craig for their wonderful presentations and encourage everyone to stay tuned for future progress of the Fort St. Clair Association’s work on this project.    We would also like to thank Barb Cox for providing her great snacks, desserts, and drinks for the ASG members.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6th, as the Antique Study Group will take a road trip to Lewisburg, Ohio.  The group will meet at 6:30 at the “Yankee Clover Mercantile” owned and operated by Jerry and Jackie Gross.  They will give us a brief history of the building, which is located on: 208 N. Commerce St. Lewisburg, OH 45338 and then open the store for some holiday shopping that evening.  If you haven’t visited their unique shop, you will be in for a real treat as they have wonderful antiques and many other great decorating items.    What a great time to pick up that special gift for someone (or yourself)!

Our PCHS Director, Misti, will be sending out the Christmas Dinner invitations this week since we are about 1 month away from this PCHS fundraiser.   Dinners will be hosted on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd.   Attending members of the Antique Study Group have elected to sign up for the Saturday evening dinner as a group function, so look for invitations and sign up for Saturday evening.     We hope to see everyone at the December Christmas Dinner and the Antique Study Group meeting!

Sincerely,
Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair


The PCHS Fall Newsletter is now available in PDF format.

2016 Fall Newsletter   CLICK ON FILENAME: [ newsletter-autumn  ]

 



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Cox gives talk on One-Room Schools

A big thank you to Barb Cox for her great historical talk on Preble County 1 Room Schools plus Ellen Hall and the McWhinney family for opening up their restored 1 room school located just south of New Westville for the ASG on Tuesday, October 4th (see attached pics).   Ellen started the evening by showcasing some of the work her father Norlan McWhinney had done over the many years in restoring the building, plus the many wonderful school contents that her mother and family have acquired to make this into a historically correct setting.
Barb then gave us some insight on the work and effort it took to put the “Preble County 1 Room Schools” book together and get it published, which was quite a feat.  Barb also talked about the strict requirements that “teachers of the day” had to follow to remain employed, and the many topics the students had to master to graduate.  Both Barb and Ellen had relatives that were teachers at this school and the 2 have continued to open it up and teach young students through regular school sponsored field trips!
For the dozen ASG members who made the meeting, the evening was also filled with many questions and discussions ranging from local and state educational development and evolution to the many hardships and challenges students faced 100 to 150 years ago in just trying to attend school.  The group was also treated to some great snacks including warm apple crisp cobbler by Sheryl Arnett!   If you were unable to make the meeting but would still like to visit the school, the McWhinney’ s are having an open house this coming Saturday, Oct 8th and Sunday, Oct 9th from 1 pm to 4 pm.

We’ve had a change in November plans as Steve Martin (author and historian from Wayne County) is unable to make it as our guest speaker; we will reschedule a visit from Steve in the near future.   Our next ASG meeting will be on November 1st at the PCHS center and the topic and guest speaker will be announced next week.  See you on Tuesday, November 1st.

Sincerely,
Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair

 


 

The Preble County Historical Society is a non-profit corporation organized in 1971 with the mission to promote knowledge of Preble County and Ohio history. We are dedicated to collect, preserve, display, and to maintain materials and objects of all types which have historical interest and significance to Preble County and Ohio.

PCHS is a membership organization composted of active members who pay annual membership dues. The society is governed by the board of eleven trustees, nominated and appointed in accordance with the PCHS Code of Regulations.

PCHS operates the Preble County Historical Center, which provides a unique environment for the organization to pursue its mission. The Center provides the opportunity for individuals of all ages, abilities, and incomes to experience, imagine, learn, create, and welcome the historic flavor of the rich cultural heritage of Preble County in to their lives.

Dedicated to preserving and protecting our county heritage, artifacts, memories, and ideas. From the early 1800s to modern day, Preble County has rich farming and rural traditions to treasure. The Historical Society has a wealth of historical materials, from family photographs and records to old-time clothing, buggies, and a 1903 Model A Ford. Through its programs, exhibits, educational programs, and special events, and library and archives, Preble County Historical Society puts you in touch with local history.