Saturday, February 25, 2012

We Have Waited All Season for This Event!

           

The Versailles Area Historical Society will host the third and final event of our Speaker Series “Sunday Afternoon at the Museum” on Sunday, March 18th at 2 o’clock. But this event, we felt, was too big for the museum to handle, so we will be hosting it in the St. Denis church basement, as we “Remember the Crystal Ball and Life in Frenchtown
                                                                                                     
The music of Glen Miller, Guy Lombardo, the Dorsey Orchestra, and so many others were played at the famous Crystal Ballroom. Some times by the original bands, but more often by the Baltes Orchestra or the Bumble Bees. These are just two of the amazing local bands that graced the stages of this magnificent facility right here in the heart of Wayne Township and Frenchtown, Ohio. From the late 1940’s the Crystal Ballroom was the place to be to hear the newest music, to try out the newest dance and to see old friends and to celebrate life.

We are fortunate to have an afternoon to reminisce about those bygone days of the Big Bands and the wonderful people who made it all happen. Earl and Berniece Baltes, Susie Baltes Barga, and Jimmie Baltes along with Ann Subler, will share the stories, recall the entertainers and let us in on all the “back stage” drama that couldn’t be shared until now!

This event is free and open to the public.  So join us at St. Denis, located on the corner of Wood and East Streets. An elevator is provided from the parking lot for those who might need it.

Following the program our museum will be open until 6:00 p.m. for touring with new displays being added all the time. The Museum at Versailles is located at 552 S West Street in Versailles.

Plan now to join us for what is certain to be an event not to be forgotten as we “Remember the Crystal Ball and Life in Frenchtown,” one of the most famous crossroads in the Midwest!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sunday Afternoon at the Museum

The Versailles Area Historical Society will host the second event of our Speaker Series “Sunday Afternoon at the Museum” on Sunday, February 19th at 2 o’clock. 

Local, Darke County author, Rita Arnold will share the paranormal activities around the county. Joining Rita will be several members of the Darke County Center for the Arts “story tellers” from their noted annual “Ghost Walk” in Greenville, each October. They will share stories in the first person about some interesting characters of Darke County (Could they be some of your relatives)?  Come to the museum and bring your local tales to tell! Also several displays will be available to view as work continues on our facility.

This event is free and open to the public.  Please join us at the Versailles Area Museum located at 552 S West Street in Versailles for what is sure to be a haunting good time.  Also mark your calendars for our March 18th event as we “Remember the Crystal Ball and Frenchtown”.  This will feature Jimmie Baltes, Suzie Barga, and Ann Subler and friends as we reminisce about one of the most famous crossroads in the Midwest! The location for this special event will be announced in the next several weeks, so watch for the details!