Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas & a big "Thank You" for your support this past year.

Friday, December 14, 2012

You’re all invited…

The sound of crunching snow under foot, a crisp, clear night with smoke curling up from the neighbor’s chimney… Can you imagine a more perfect night for a Christmas gathering?
Your friends from the Versailles Area Historical Society invite you to be our guests at our first ever “A Tour by Christmas Lights” at the museum. This event will be on Friday evening December 14, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Guided tours or wandering on your own through the museum, are both part of the plan. This will be your chance to ask questions of the Board or catch up with old friends. Light refreshments and a few surprises will also be on hand.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sundays at the Museum Series

This wonderful lecture series is more a chance to meet, greet, and to be entertained than a true “Lecture Series”.

In this our third season, we once again are bringing a unique group of interesting characters together to fascinate you with history and storytelling.

Our first guest is local story teller and character extraordinary Tim Nealeigh.  Whether it is his hauntingly funny, Dead as Canbe, to the lace maker, or the Arrogant Frenchman, Tim blends history and story like no other. That’s why when the “Bishop” or St. Nickolas comes to call for young and old alike on December 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. we are all in for a special treat!

The second guest will share legends, lore, and downright lies. That is the humor of area storyteller, Chris Supinger. Chris will join us on January 20th at 2:00 p.m. for “Stories by Fireside and other Noteworthy Lies”.  You and the whole family will hoot and holler with Chris and his folksy storytelling.

In February, Scott Trostel local author and contributor to the PBS series “The Lincoln Train”, will join us to talk about his new book “And Through The Black Night of Terror” in which he details The 1913 Flood in the Northern Miami Valley (that’s us).  Scott will share facts, stories and struggles that many locals have never heard.

Most people remember seeing pictures of Dayton from late March, 1913 – Main Street flooded, water up to the second stories of buildings, the rubble and debris that was left.  It’s also well known that the recovery efforts were led by John Patterson of NCR and that the Miami Conservancy District was formed to protect the region from future floods.

But little has been known of the effects of the 1913 Flood in the northern Miami Valley including the counties of Miami, Shelby, Darke, Champaign and Logan.  Now Scott’s meticulously researched book fills that gap in history with a day-by-day narrative and many never-before-seen pictures and maps.  

Roads, homes, businesses, factories, power stations and railways were under water; 264 bridges collapsed, fresh water was not available nor any communications…72 people drowned and thousands of livestock perished.  "It was the worst-ever disaster to visit the northern Miami Valley.”  As in Dayton there were many stories of rescue and heroism.  The clean-up and restoration took at least ten years.                           March will commemorate the 100th anniversary of this tragedy.
 In the spring, a downtown tour of the village of Versailles with a new twist is being planned. There is much to look forward to, so let’s get excited for another great Series.