History will remain vital

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Lawrence County Historical Society is always looking back as a way to move forward.

The volunteer organization continues to do a tremendous job of showcasing southern Ohio’s rich history as a way to increase tourism and just offer residents a taste of culture of which they may not be aware.

All this with just a handful of volunteers and enthusiasts who really take pride in what they do.

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The group just completed its Historic Ghost Walk at Woodland Cemetery that brings some colorful characters from Lawrence County’s past to life. This event goes a long way toward attracting people to visit the city or have a night out on the town. It also provides important education about the city’s heritage and history.

This weekend is the Furnace Festival, an event that was heavily organized several years ago by the historical society and Ohio University Southern.

The fourth annual Vesuvius Iron Furnace Festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26 at Lake Vesuvius.

In addition to the presentations and music, there will be numerous exhibitors and historical demonstrations.

Exhibitors will include a spinner from the Good News Llamas, a quilt exhibit, an exhibit on bees from Reid’s Apiary, a blacksmith demonstration, and free face painting for kids.

There will also be iron furnace displays, an Underground Railroad display and a book sale sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

It is often been said but bears repeating: Our heritage-rich area needs to use its past to build its future.

Thankfully, the historical society is continually working toward that goal but they could use some help.