Sunday, May 8, 2011


    2011 VAHS Fund Raiser Raffle To benefit the new VAHS Museum
Poultry Days Weekend
June 10, 11 and 12, 2011
Old Versailles High School Grounds
Donation: $1 for each ticket, $5 for six

Raffle Items:

Watercolor, painted & donated by
Dr. Donald Pohlman

Colored Pencil Drawing, drawn & donated
      by Carolyn Armstrong

Eldora Speedway Drawing, autographed,
& donated by Mel Huffman

Stained Glass Artwork, designed & donated
      by Dr. Delbert Blickenstaff

Sweetheart Package, donated by The Inn at
lles (includes an overnight stay and

Four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington
      Nationals baseball game, Section 128

Two Tickets to a 2011 Ohio State Buckeyes
football game
, donated by
Langston Graphics

Wine Gift Package, donated by
The Winery of Versailles

KitchenAid Blender, donated by KitchenAid

Wooden Stool, made & donated by Gene Oliver

Drawing will be held Sunday evening,
June 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the VAHS
Booth, under the tent on the
Poultry Days Grounds.
 Attendance not required to win.
For tickets or information
call Deb Pohl, 526-4108.

From Your Local Museum

     The Versailles Area Historical Society Board thought all of you may be wondering what is going on at the new museum building.  We have been very busy!  So far we have had Gary Kunk give us a building inspection.  Scott's Electric checked all the electric and wiring in the building.  Bill Ahrens Plumbing and Heating has checked the furnaces and plumbing.  Kremer Roofing has checked the roof.  Ron Vogel of Village Contractors has checked the feasibility of moving some walls inside to make the museum space larger.  (Too many small examining rooms)  The Versailles Garden Club has received several bids to do the landscaping in future phases.  Two ladies, Judy and Barb, cleaned the lobby for the speakers' open house.  Julie Boring has done our tax filings and certified our 2010 balance sheet for future applications for grants.
And all along the way our attorney, Tom Guillozet has been there to advise us.  All this help and inspections have been done on a volunteer basis!  What can we say about the people of the Versailles area!  When something needs done or someone is in need the people of this area alway step up to help.  Thanks to all!

     We have much more to do before the museum can become a reality.  Right now we need the architect to draw plans for the building's inside reconstruction and have the  plans approved by the State before we can start tearing out walls and moving them around.  This will take lots of your volunteer help also!

     But, we are not just sitting here twiddling our thumbs!  We had a local speaker and resident, Cindy Vogel last month at the museum.  Her talk was on one of the most popular subjects now, The Civil War.  On the first Sunday of May, Rex Spencer was guest speaker; dressed in full Frontiersman regalia.  He told the story of the Anthony Wayne Movement and Indian Wars in Western Ohio.  Along with Rex at the museum were Ronnie Thiebeau and Brad Grilliot with their Indian relics on display answering questions the public had.  We hope to have more speakers starting in the fall.  All this was free and open to the public.

    In the future agenda, historical displays over Poultry Days weekend at the museum, (museum will be open several hours each day of the weekend) and a wonderful and exciting raffle with numerous donanated items (details coming).  We will have tickets for sale soon.  The drawing will be Sunday evening June 12th at Poultry Days.

     In July we will be celebrating our own Phoebe Ann Moses' (Annie Oakley) birthday.  We will have live music by Garcia & Scott, wine sampling, meat, cheese, desserts and a grand toast with the newest wine named after Annie at the Versailles Winery.  Tickets will be on sale soon.  Also in the planning stages is a Greenlawn Cemetery "history walk" in the fall, a heritage Cookbook for the Bi-Centennial, our quarterly newsletters and more ideas not quite hatched yet.

     So you can see we have been quite active.  We will try to keep you posted when things happen!  We hope we can depend on your help in the upcoming months, either by your monetary donations or your physical help.  If you can push a broom or mop, use a paint brush, use a saw or pound a nail, your help will be needed in the future!        

Sunday, May 1, 2011


A Gala & Birthday Celebration for the Benefit of the Versailles Area Historical Society will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Winery at Versailles.

This will be a special evening you won’t want to miss! So mark your calendars  now and plan to help us commemorate the 151st Birthday for northern Darke County’s own Annie Oakley. Music will be provided by the talents of “Garcia & Scott.”  Watch for details of this upcoming event. Tickets will be limited for this special evening and this great cause.