Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Heritage Cookbook to be Published

The Versailles Area Historical Society will be publishing a Heritage Cookbook for the upcoming Bicentennial.  The theme of course, is the history of the Versailles Area.  The book will contain recipes, stories, and photos from anyone wanting to submit them. 
Special items of interest are old family recipes, old family photos (4 & 5 generations), military tributes (photos of veterans) Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and stories/photos depicting Versailles area history.  We need your participation to make this book a keepsake treasure. 
As we are just starting the book, updates will follow.  Stay tuned, but start thinking about those photos, recipes, and articles you want to submit.  Make sure your family is included in this Heritage Edition.           
The Heritage Cookbook committee includes Jenny Condon (chairman), Evelyn Simons and Sarah Magoto.  If submitting photos, please consider quality copies rather than originals.  Exceptions can be made.  Final decisions are made by the committee on all items submitted and some material may not be used.  Any questions, please call Jenny Condon at 526-5302 or mail to VAHS, P O Box 54, Versailles Ohio 45380.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Join Us At Our Next Meeting

The Versailles Area Historical Society will be meeting Thursday March 24 at 7 PM at the Museum.  This meeting is open to the public.  Please join us as we will be discussing Renovations to the Building, Museum Acceptance Policy, Fundraisers etc.   Bring your ideas and join the discussion. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Civil War Program April 3rd - Open to the Public

VERSAILLES – The year 2011 marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The war officially started on April 12, 1861, when Southern artillery shelled Fort Sumter on Sullivan’s Island, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. It ended four years later, on April 9, 1865, when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his exhausted army to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
Do people want to learn more about the Civil War, the when, why, and how it began? And how it dramatically changed the lives of the men and women of our country? Local author Cynthia Vogel will be presenting such a program at the Versailles Area Museum on April 3 at 2 p.m. The program will last about an hour with time for questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served following the program.
The museum is located at the old medical building at the corner of St. Rt. 121 (Marker Road) and South West Street.
Versailles Area Historical Society is a new organization, having held its first meeting to discuss the formation of a historical society in July 2009. Since that time, the group has elected officers, enlarged its membership with several types of membership and held monthly meetings. Other activities have included displays at Versailles Poultry Days and at the 2010 Versailles High School Alumni weekend last fall.
In addition to their business meetings, the group has sponsored a Versailles Downtown Historical Walk and held an open house in February for the public to see their newly acquired property. This property is as it was when local doctors moved to other offices and left the building empty. The property, the old Versailles Medical Center, was purchased from Wayne Hospital in December 2010. Plans are in the works for renovation to make the building museum friendly.  The Society is using the building "as is" until those renovations are completed.  Cynthia Vogel is the author of two books about Civil War women. She is pleased to share her knowledge of this important time in American history.