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Statement Concerning Indictment of former Director Melanie Jane Lightner:

Dear members and supporters of the Preble County Historical Society,

We wish to thank the office of the Auditor of the State of Ohio, Preble County Prosecutor Martin Votel and Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson for all of their efforts regarding this matter. We have full confidence in the criminal justice system and await the outcome of this case.

In the past 24 months the Preble County Historical Society’s board has hired a new director, implemented a strict financial management protocol, and reorganized the board of trustees. PCHS has taken these measures to ensure the protection of the society assets and collections. The PCHS board values the efforts and contributions of our members, friends, sponsors and donors. PCHS will release a statement at the conclusion of the criminal case against our previous director.
Timothy Lane
Preble County Historical Society President

Antique Study Group

Our next Antique Study Group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm at the Singer Blacksmith Shop, 115 East Dayton Street, Lewisburg, Ohio (behind the ACE Hardware Store). We will be partnering with the Everett Trischuh and Lewisburg Historical Society to discuss “Blacksmithing”. Phil Francis and Joe Mitchell will be firing up the forge at the Lewisburg historic blacksmith shop to demonstrate their talents and discuss some of the history associated with the building and this craft.

A blacksmith is a metal smith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and or cut. Around 150 years ago most census records showed that a fifth of the respondents listed their occupation as blacksmith. Although working with horseshoes was a small part of the job, many were fabricating or repairing a farm implement, making hardware like hinges or pulleys, or even something as mundane as nails. The box of nails we buy at the hardware store for a few dollars were once made one at a time–by hand! Phil and Joe will share some of the items they have produced plus forge a few new items for us.

Since this is very unique topic and the blacksmith shop is limited in size, please email me (and copy our PCHS Director Misti Spillman at )if you plan on attending on October 6th so we can get an accurate headcount. Please note that since this building has no heat, dress appropriately if it is chilly. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, October 6th in Lewisburg.

Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair

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