POMEROY — The Meigs County Historical Society kicked off its year with an open house on Friday evening.
Vicki Hanson of the Historical Society told the Sentinel that there were around 40 people thought the museum on Friday evening, viewing the displays, shopping the gift shop and learning about Meigs County’s past.
The museum’s displays during the open house included a tribute to veterans from Meigs County, as well as a photo display on the 80th anniversary of the 1937 flood in the area.
Organized in 1876, the Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society was established to preserve the history and relics of Meigs County, Ohio. Now also known as the Meigs County Historical Society, the organization continues to honor that early vision of protecting and sharing the region’s past with future generations.
As a non-profit 501(c)3, the Society seeks to further historical education and research through publications, symposia and special events as well as maintain the Meigs County Museum, and raises funds to carry on its operations and purposes. The Society is also concerned with the preservation of historical buildings and sites.
The Meigs County Museum houses thousands of artifacts ranging from the prehistoric period to the present that give life and deeper meaning to local, regional and even national history. Rotating exhibits tell the story of city and rural life; the founding of the county; political history; natural disasters; Meigs County’s place in the nation, world and even outer space, plus much more.
The Society’s library holds many early county probate and census records (a full list can be found on our genealogy page); family, local and state histories; newspapers; cemetery records; photographs; maps; historical publications; Ohio Civil War rosters and other valuable information. Some of these items, as well as others of interest to genealogical research, are within the Genealogy Library, which is also housed in the Museum.
The Meigs County Historical Society and Museum are located at 144 Butternut Avenue in Pomeroy.
The Meigs County Historical Society host a lecture series presentation on Pomeroy’s First Ward with guest speaker Shannon Scott later this month. The presentation will take place on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., at Grace Episcopal Church. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
More on the presentation will appear in an upcoming edition of The Daily Sentinel.