Meigs County Historical Society reflects on past year

By Jessica Marcum - For the Sentinel

POMEROY — The Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society held its 141st annual meeting Sunday afternoon at the Farmer’s Bank meeting room to discuss accomplishments from the past year and future projects. The meeting was opened and presided over by Gary Coleman, President of the society.

Jordan Pickens, First Vice President, gave a presentation on the history of the society, which was founded in 1876 as a response to the first settlers of Meigs County having passed away, and the need to preserve, in this quote from the society’s first president Stillman C. Larkin, the “mementos and monuments that have marked the only history of [the] county.”

The requirements for membership in 1876 were a twenty-year residency and being over the age of 50, or the wife of a member. The Meigs County Historical Society is the oldest historical society in the state of Ohio.

Members, trustees, and board members were told about the accomplishments the historical society over the past year. Highlights include a monthly Kids Weekend, the opening of the museum on Saturdays, and an active online presence, particularly with a new website and a Facebook page.

Donors and sponsors of the Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society were honored, including People’s Bank, Farmer’s Bank, Baum Lumber, and The Daily Sentinel, for various gifts and donations throughout the year. The Daily Sentinel donated past editions of the newspaper, with the oldest editions dating back more than 50 years.

Special attention was paid to the news of a scanner, rented by the Meigs County Commissioners, that allows the county and the historical society to scan and digitize important documents. Eventually these will be included in a searchable database that will be extremely useful for those doing genealogical research. The scanner will be available to the historical society until November 12. Anyone who would like to assist in scanning documents, contact the historical society.

The Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society also takes part in the Amazon Smile Rewards program. With this program, a customer can choose to have a small portion of their purchases made on to go to a charity or organization of their choice. This donation is made at no cost to the customer.

The Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society can be reached via phone at 740-992-3810; via email at; on their Facebook page at; and on the web at The museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1-5 p.m., and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Memberships to the historical society are $15 for a single membership, and $25 for a family membership.

By Jessica Marcum

For the Sentinel