POMEROY — For those still wanting to get a glimpse of first-hand artifacts from some of America’s presidents, this is the last call.
Starting Wednesday, this will be the last week before the exhibits switch out for the March exhibits at the Meigs County Museum.
According to museum volunteers Jordan and Calee Pickens and Liz Shaw, those who visit the museum this Wednesday through Friday will be able to see letters, some handwritten, from multiple presidents that specifically address Meigs County. Among these includes a letter from Millard Fillmore, who was the nation’s 13th president and was with the Whig party, all the way to Jimmy Carter, the nation’s 39th president — a collection spanning more than 120 years that all belong to the museum.
Exhibits from January’s Rural Life exhibit are also on display for the week for those who make a trip to the museum as well.
Next month’s exhibit, which will last through April, will feature information on all of the fraternal orders that can be found in Meigs County, including the Freemasons, the Order of the Eastern Star, Job’s Daughters International, Order of DeMolay, or DeMolay International, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Good Fellows, Knights Templar/York Rite, Rotary International, Improved Order of Redmen, Patrons of Husbandry Grange, Pomeroy-Racine Lodge 164, Middleport Masonic Temple Lodge 363 and Harrisonville Lodge 411.
Jordan said that there will also be information on Marcus Bosworth, who started every Masonic lodge in Meigs County, as well as information on Seldon W. O’Brien, who was part of Shade River Lodge 453 in Chester during World War I and became a grand master in the Philippines during World War II. He also worked in Guatemala in 1929, Jordan said.
For May and June, there will be an exhibit highlighting past schools in the county, as well as women’s past fashions. The July and August exhibits will revolve around the Meigs County Fair and will include youth programs such as 4-H, FFA and Grange.
In time for the Sternwheel Riverfest in September, the exhibits will focus on the impact of river life on the county with a special focus on sternwheelers, coal and salt. Additionally in October, a section will be added on ghost stories. November’s exhibit will be dedicated to veterans, past and present. December will feature a Victorian Christmas, as well as history of local churches.
The Meigs County Museum and Historical Society is also home to the Meigs County Genealogical Society. Various books and information for genealogy research are available.
The Meigs County Museum and Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and heritage of Meigs County, Ohio. The trustees are volunteers and work to promote, maintain and grow the society and museum. The current officers are: Gary Coleman, president; Jordan Pickens, first vice president; Carrie Gloeckner, second vice president; Susan Clark-Dingess, third vice president; Calee Pickens, reporting secretary; Patty Grosnickle, corresponding secretary; Vicki Hanson, financial secretary; Chloris Gaul-McQuaid, treasurer; Liz Shaw, assistant treasurer; Mary Grace Cowdery, historian.
The museum and annex are located at 144 Butternut Ave. in Pomeroy. The new hours will be: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information on the museum, the society and Meigs County history, visit meigschs.org, the organization’s Facebook page or call (740) 992-3810.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.