2016 has been a redefining year for the Meigs County Pioneer & Historical Society. In January, we hit the ground running on opening night, enjoying huge success with an awe-inspiring amount of visitors. We have had a large increase in our membership and immense community interaction on our Facebook page, which is now nearing 6,000 likes.
We have taken a more active part in our community, participating in nearly every festival or craft show in Meigs County. Thanks to the tireless dedication of our volunteers and huge effort of our financial team, the Society is now able to do some truly wonderful things for the county. Currently we are in the process of having a new historical marker dedicated to James Edwin Campbell placed in Pomeroy’s Water Works Park, replacing the original marker irreparably damaged a few years ago. Additionally, the Society has set a goal of placing two historical markers somewhere in the county each year. These markers will memorialize either a person or place of significance, or a historical event occurring in an area near the marker’s site. And thanks to the generosity of The American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association in Syracuse, New York, the Society will oversee an anvil monument dedicated to the namesake of Pomeroy, Ohio, Samuel Wyllys Pomeroy. This monument will be placed along the Pomeroy walking path in spring of 2017, thereby linking Meigs County to the national Pomeroy Anvil Trail. More information can be found at http://www.americanpomeroys.org/anvil-trail/about/.
Our board of trustees has been the true driving force behind our success this year. We became a 100 percent volunteer staff, and our trustees have taken time out of their own lives for the preservation of Meigs County history. Thank you to the current board of trustees: Chloris Gaul-McQuaid, Vicki Hanson, Amanda Windon-Faulk, Patty Grossnickle, Mary Grace Cowdery, Calee Pickens, Gary Coleman, Tanya Coleman, Shannon Scott, James Stanley, Debbie Pratt, Susan Clark-Dingess, Carrie Gloeckner, Jay Russell, and Lorna Hart. Additional credit is given to Liz Shaw for all of the work she has contributed to the Historical Society.
As we look forward to 2017, we encourage you to become a member of the Historical Society. Your $15 membership is the best way to help us continue our work. Great things are on the horizon for Meigs County, and we welcome your help in preserving the history of Meigs County for future generations.
Come all ye brisk young fellows…And we’ll settle on the banks of the lovely Ohio.
Jordan Pickens is the president of the Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society.