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Museum planning end of year activities

As the Lawrence County Historical Society nears the end of the 2012 season, we counted 543 names on our guest book.

These include those who love history, those who come from out of town searching for family roots, and many Lawrence County residents who share a pride in the rich and varying history of this area.

From the prosperous heydey of the iron furnace era to the more recent loss of business and industry, through times of war, flood, recession, the history of Lawrence County is revealed in the many ways with displays and artifacts in the museum.

Many say that Lawrence Counties best days are behind us, but I’m becoming more convinced that our best days are ahead. I’m especially heartened by the beautification of the downtown, the expansion of the Ohio University Campus, the new industrial additions, and the number of beautiful old homes being renovated.

The historical society is planning several activities that provide a chance to enjoy the culture and improvements in our city.

On Oct. 20, a bean dinner will be served on the museum lawn beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be live music and handcrafted articles for sale.

Our annual Christmas tea will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Besides delicious delicacies, vintage clothing will be modeled by local ladies. Tickets are available by calling Kay Rader at 534-9477.

The downtown historical churches will open their doors to the public on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the Christmas Church Walk. Refreshments will be served at the museum after the church walk.

The museum will close Oct. 15 to prepare for Christmas. On Dec. 3, we will reopen. There will be live Christmas music each Sunday at 2 p.m. and tours each Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4, until Christmas.

The historical society thanks everyone who has had a part appreciating the past and being excited and supportive of the future of Lawrence County.


Sue Jenkins is a docent at the Lawrence County Historical Museum.