Monday, June 1, 2015

Open House Sunday June 7th at 1p.m.

The VAHS will honor six living historian who through the years have written or otherwise preserved our local history.
Ruth Ann Pleiman wrote the Russia History in 1976.
Marianne Monnin Doyle created a newsletter to celebrate and keep the French culture and genealogy alive in this area.
Gail Pitsenbarger Brandewie gave voice to her father's 1939 reels of video of Versailles Businesses and updated it several times preserving it for futur...e generations.
Ruth Schieltz helped to record local church histories and helped many searching for their roots.
Lois Ann Judy Baker traveled the countryside rediscovering lost history and cemeteries and recording the information for future generations.
Juanita Gerling devoted her life to researching, writing and especially sharing history with all who would listen, that we might tell it to our children.
Join us in recognizing and thanking these ladies for the gift of preservation on Sunday, June 7th at 1 p.m. at the Museum.
Free and open to the public!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Midmark Celebrating 100 Years at the Museum

Be sure to visit the Museum and see the Midmark Exhibit Celebrating 100 years in business.  Other new additions are a 1900 Mercantile,  an antique watch & clock display and a light display that will take you from candles to the light bulb.  There are 22 rooms of exhibits to browse, so allow enough time to enjoy all the Museum has to offer.  "There's always something new to see".

School Classes Touring

The Versailles 3rd graders are touring this week and the 1st graders will be touring the week of the 18th.  It is always a busy and exciting time for the students and the museum staff & volunteers.
We love sharing the museum with the children.
If you would like to schedule a tour, give us a call!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Museum to Hold Program “The Lincoln Funeral Train”

Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington on April 21, 1865. It would essentially retrace the 1,654 mile route Mr. Lincoln had traveled as president-elect in 1861(with the deletion of Pittsburg and Cincinnati and the addition of Chicago). The Lincoln Special, whose engine had Mr. Lincoln's photograph over the cowcatcher, carried approximately 300 mourners. Willie Lincoln's coffin was also on board. Willie, who had died in the White House in 1862 at age 11, had been disinterred and was to be buried with his father in Springfield.  A Guard of Honor accompanied Mr. Lincoln's remains on the Lincoln Special.   

 The Versailles Area Historical Society invites you to our opening Speaker Series Program of 2015 to be held at the Museum.  Author and lecturer, Scott Trostel, of Fletcher, Ohio, will be speaking. He will be giving a presentation based on one of his books, "The Lincoln Funeral Train". Scott is the author of more than 46 books, and has appeared on the History Channel, worked behind the scenes with Hallmark Productions and provides historical consulting to several film and media networks as well as the Library of Congress.

 The program is free, open to the public and will be, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. Mark your calendar and don't miss this presentation. For more information call the museum at 937-526-4222 or check us on facebook.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Historic Dinner Held Featuring the Community of Webster

Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Seibt, Hosted Dinner  
“All on a Winter’s Night” lived up to its name as a wicked wind, skiffs of snow, along with freezing temperatures greeted dinner guests at the Versailles K. of C. Hall for the annual historic dinner. The hall was transformed into the Frederick Seibt home and Golden Eagle Lodge of Webster.
Tim & Kathleen Nealeigh portrayed the Seibts and John & Karen Burket portrayed the Seibt’s good friends and neighbors John Adam & Martha Klipstine. An early frontier parlor served as the en...trance to the “Golden Eagle” (which was originally above the Seibt home). Appetizers along with a bar in keeping with the traditions of Siebt’s store allowed guests to mingle and enjoy the beautiful museum pieces placed on display, while Ron & Elaine Marshall played music of the period.
A candle light dining room with tables laden with china, crystal, and silver on starched white linen table cloths greeted guests for the five course German/American dinner.

Our thanks to everyone who attended, to Thrivent Financial, our many volunteers, and other generous donors who helped make this event a success!


Ron & Elaine providing the entertainment


A bit of fun before the Dinner

New Lighted Flagpole Installed at the Museum

Mary Barga, Tim Wagner, Harold Pohl and Roger Henry 
Our volunteers and donors are making good things happen at the Museum! A project to purchase and install a lighted flagpole was spearheaded by Harold Pohl.
The VFW, American Legion and American Legion Aux. joined the effort and a flag is now flying high over the Museum.
Many positive comments have been received on this new addition.
Thank You, Harold Pohl, the VFW, American Legion and American Legion Aux.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Available at the Museum

“ All Roads Lead Home” is a pictorial and history book featuring over 330 pages with 450 + photographs on the villages of Brock, Frenchtown, North Star, Osgood, Russia, Versailles, Webster, Willowdell and Yorkshire.

You may purchase your book at the Versailles Area Museum for $40.

To order by mail, send your check (marked book) to the VAHS, P. O. Box 54, Versailles Ohio 45380.   Please include an additional $5 for postage and handling.

The Versailles Area Historical Society is an all volunteer, non profit organization and all proceeds benefit the Versailles Area Museum.  

Members, Volunteers, and Donors are the Cornerstones

Another year is coming to a close.  As I reflect about the museum over the past years, I can’t help but think about all the friends of the museum.  When the Area Historical Society began in 2009, we didn’t dare think ahead to this moment.  Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be where we are today!  And it’s all because of you; yes you, the member reading this newsletter!! 

From forming the Historical Society, to getting our tax exempt status, to gaining a museum building, our Founding Members, to yearly memberships, to creating a museum, to sustaining the museum, it’s been you!  We couldn’t do what we do without all your support. 
                                                                                                    Cornerstones Of Success

From artifacts and pictures donated to items on loan, it’s just amazing what has arrived at the museum from your collections, from your attics, barns, basements and garages! 
And volunteerism is alive and well here too!  We have a volunteer Board, volunteers doing all the data entry for artifacts (whether on loan or donated), volunteers cleaning, mowing, sweeping, snow removal, flower gardening, taking care of our beautiful ferns, setting up and taking down displays, replacing light bulbs, fixing what has broken, building shelving, carrying boxes, taking care of memberships, dreamers who think of new displays, (yes it takes those too)!  We have book writers, military room caretakers, cookie bakers, volunteers for the Speaker Series, Lasts Mondays of the Month and Student Field Trips, dessert makers and the list goes on and on!

Grants and sustaining donations have been realized from the Booher Foundation, the Darke County Foundation, the Greater Versailles Foundation and the Dayton Foundation.  We continue to receive contributions from Kroger Community Rewards and Thrivent Lutheran.     
Since 2009 many local organizations and businesses have helped us to succeed.  I just can’t name them all because I will forget someone.  But the whole Versailles Area has supported the museum since we started holding meetings in the Town Hall Council Room in 2009. 

We absolutely couldn’t keep the museum doors open without all your monetary donations, whether through memberships or contributions.   As with every home or business it takes money to operate.  Every month when our treasurer (she keeps track of every penny) reads her report, I hold my breath till she is finished. 

To those of you who renew your membership year after year or make a donation to help the Museum operate, I thank each and every one of you!!!  A “Thank You” doesn’t seem adequate but this big THANK YOU is from the bottom of my heart!!!!!

My hope is that you have a Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!!
 Debra Pohl,
 President, VAHS

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hometown Christmas Coming to Versailles

Just a reminder that the Museum is temporarily closed this Sunday (Nov. 9) while we switch exhibits and get ready for the Christmas season. We will reopen Friday November 14th 6-8p.m., Saturday 10-2p.m. and Sunday 1-4p.m. for the "Hometown Christmas" celebration.
We will be trimmed for the holidays and new exhibits will be in place. On Friday & Saturday, we will also be offering our new book "All Roads Lead Home" at the Craft Bazaar in the St. Denis Church Basement.
Make plans to kick off this Christmas season in Versailles with a hometown celebration!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Versailles Area History Book is still available!

The book features over 330 pages of history and 450 photographs (some never before published) of the area villages of Brock, Frenchtown, North Star, Osgood, Russia, Versailles, Webster, Willowdell and Yorkshire.

The book is soft cover and spiral bound and is available for a donation of $40. If you are looking for a great Christmas present for dad, mom or grandparents, pick up a copy of this book. They will love it! The book will also be available at the Hometown Christmas activities on November 14th and 15th.

For our friends out of the area, we will mail the book for an additional $5 for shipping & handling. Send a check (memo "book") with your name and address to: VAHS, P.O. Box 54, Versailles Ohio 45380. Or, "pick up" is available at the Versailles Area Museum, located at 552 S. West Street.

The Versailles Area Historical Society is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization and all proceeds benefit the Versailles Area Museum.