Williams County Historical Society Topic For Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary

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Pam Schroder, right, Director of the Williams County Historical Society Museum, served as guest speaker for the CHWC-Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary luncheon meeting held Monday, Feb. 10th. She was the guest of Armeda Sawmiller, left, auxiliary program committee, who presented Pam with an appreciation gift on behalf of the auxiliary.[/textblock]

Pam Schroder, Director of the Williams County Historical Society Museum, was guest speaker for CHWC-Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary Monday, Feb. 10th at their soup and salad luncheon meeting in the hospital conference room.

Serving as director since last May, Mrs. Schroder presented information regarding the operation, collections and activities at the historical museum at the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier. The society has a board of directors who meet regularly and promote various activities at local historic attractions to preserve and showcase donated historical items and provide education on Williams County history.

Currently the historical society is joining with the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier Vintage Homes Association and Bryan Historic Homes Association to co-sponsor a Williams County Antique Show scheduled Saturday, March 29th & Sunday, March 30th at Montpelier Schools, 1015 Brown Road. An excellent array of antiques and collectibles, such as toys, farm and primitive, shabby chic and steam punk is planned. Admission is $2.00 with children under 12 free. Appraisals (limit 2 items) will be available for $5.00 per person. Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon-4 p.m. More information is available through email: WCHS@WILLIAMS-NET.COM or call 419-485-8200 or visit the website: williamscountyhistory.org.

Historical attractions in Williams County, in addition to the museum, Lett Log Home and Railroad Depot at the fairgrounds, include Hay Jay School on Co.Rd.8, Nettle Lake Hopewell Indian Mounds off Co. Rd. 4-75, Lockport Covered Bridge on Co. Rd. 21N near Stryker, Quaker Meeting House, Co. Rd. 21N near West Unity, Jacob Young Log House on Co. Rd. O at Kunkle, Stryker Railroad Depot, Williams County Veterans Memorial, and of course, Williams County Courthouse in Bryan.

Recently the Historical Society sold a caboose to a collector in Wapakoneta due to costly restoration. Funds from the sale are earmarked for a replacement in better condition. Inside the museum a historical Main Street has been added including retail stores. The museum is open May through October Monday through Thursday from 1-4 p.m. free to Historical Society members and a small admission fee for the public. Schools may also schedule student tours for field trips by contacting the director. During the annual county fair, admission is free and local volunteers provide tours. The museum also includes a collection of books and photos available for research purposes on site.

This week marks the beginning of the annual membership drive which culminates with an opening day tea tentatively scheduled April 26th. Memberships are available for students $7, individual $29, senior $24, family $39, senior couple $34, professional $299, lifetime $399 and couple lifetime $549.

Recent donations to the historical society museum included an1800’s musket with powder horn and satchel, period clothing, school records paraphernalia, special Bible and old board games. In October a grant application was submitted to the Williams County Commissioners to be processed and the society is awaiting word on approval.

Following the guest speaker, Auxiliary President Deanna Gipe called the regular meeting to order. Roll call was answered for “Who do you know had open heart surgery?”. Reports were submitted by the secretary, treasurer, gift shop manager and various committees. The hospital kitchen staff was thanked for preparing two soups for the luncheon.

Members approved the purchase of a “Fair Scene” painting by Charlotte Loetz for display at the Montpelier hospital. Valentine cards were donated by members to be distributed to patients. February patient favors of fresh carnations for Valentine’s Day were delivered by Armeda Sawmiller and Deanna Gipe.

Julie Mabus, occupational therapist, will present the program for the meeting Monday, March 10th at 1 p.m. in the hospital conference room. Roll call will be “What will you be doing on St. Patrick’s Day?”. Members and guests are asked to bring recipes for the annual bakeless bake sale.


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