Williams County Historical Society Executive Director Pam Schroeder spoke at the May 9th meeting of CHWC-Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary. Pam, who is also a Hospital Auxiliary member, gave an overview of the society’s calendar of activities at the museum and other historical sites.
The Opening Day Tea was held Sunday, May 1st celebrating the Historical Society’s 60th anniversary. In 1956 the Historical Society was created starting with a collection of antique farm equipment and has grown to house a 9,000 sq.ft. museum, Lett Log Cabin, farm barn and train depot in Montpelier. Additionally the society maintains the Indian Mounds at Nettle Lake, Hay Jay School on Co Rd 8, Jacob Young Log Home near Kunkle and Quaker Meeting House northeast of West Unity.
The museum located at the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. until the end of October and other times by special appointment. Visitors can see items from the Stone Age (Indian display) to the Space Age (Astronaut Henrick’s items from his five missions), Model T Ford, horse-drawn fire truck and hearse, “Main Street” exhibits, floor loom, quilts, Civil War memorabilia, etc. Beginning this year, the museum introduces “eExhibits” featuring short historical recordings by local individuals pertaining to various exhibits. These are initiated by the visitor using a free phone or tablet app scanning a “QR” code.
Sunday, May 15th is opening day for the Quaker Meeting House from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Starting in June, Hay Jay School will be open the first Sunday of each month through September from 1:00-4:00 p.m. with host Spence Meloun. “Old Fashioned School Day” with “School Marm” Julianna Ruble will be Thursday, June 23rd at Hay Jay for students who have completed grades 1-8.
The Historical Society plans to participate at the Montpelier Bean Days & Balloon Festival July 15-17 with a booth offering hand-decorated cakes and “hot air balloon” cookies. During the Williams County Fair Sept. 10-17, the society’s museum buildings will be open daily with extended hours.
Fall Fest, one of the Historical Society’s signature events, is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 8th and will include activities and rides for the kids, a chili cook-off and craft show for adults. Looking ahead to 2017, the society will host the Williams County Antique Show at Montpelier Schools on March 25-26, a collaborative effort of the society, Montpelier Vintage Homes Association and Bryan Historic Homes.
Memberships in WCHS are available for adults $29, seniors $24 and student $7. The Historical Society Board meets monthly on the first Wednesday evening and members are encouraged to attend. Donated items with historical value for the museum are much appreciated.
Displays are rotated regularly to include items held in storage. For more information or to schedule museum tours, contact Executive Director Pam Schroeder, ph: 419-485-8200.
Following Pam’s update, the regular meeting of the Hospital Auxiliary was conducted by President Joyce Schelling. Roll call was answered to “In the Summer Olympics, what sport do you follow?”. Thought for the day–“The shortest distance between two points is usually under repair”–was appropriate with current construction and detours in downtown Montpelier.
Those who assisted with the silent auction held in April were thanked including Barb Dietsch and Vivian Brown, co-chairmen. The Staff Appreciation Tea, sponsored by the auxiliary, was held Monday, May 2nd and all members were thanked for their food donations for the event. Currently Nurses’ Week is being celebrated May 6-12 and all the nursing staff is recognized for their untiring and compassionate efforts in patient care.
Various committee reports were given. More volunteers are still needed for the Hospital Gift Shop and those interested should contact Manager Vivian Brown for scheduling. Lorna Myers was thanked for taking care of April patient favors, and Armeda Sawmiller was thanked for ordering flowers for patient favors given in May by the auxiliary executive board. Carol Eriksen will do patient favors in June. Puzzle books and adult coloring books are available for patients from the auxiliary.
Election of officers for two-year terms starting July 1st was held with the following elected unanimously: President Armeda Sawmiller, Vice President Carol Eriksen, Secretary Connie Dunseth and Treasurer Barbara Dietsch.
Installation of these officers will be held during the auxiliary’s luncheon Monday, June 13th at 12 noon at the Montpelier Moose. Guest speaker will be Nickey Cape, from the Bryan office of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo. A candlelight memorial service will also be held. Luncheon menu includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, roll, beverage and assorted pie. Decorating committee including Cheryle Gallagher, Connie Dunseth, Marilyn Moor and Joyce Schelling will meet at 10:30 a.m. that day. Auxiliary members and guests should make reservations by Monday, June 6th by calling Barb Dietsch, ph: 419-485-3229, or Joyce Schelling, ph: 419-459-4696.