Sunday, December 29, 2013

Special Dinner Reservations Open till January 1

The Museum is open this Sunday Dec. 29th from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are available until January 1st for the Special Dinner "All on a Winter's Night" scheduled for Saturday Jan. 11th. Call today and reserve your spot.
The Museum will be closed the month of January while we change exhibits. Watch for announcements on our re-opening and the special displays that will await you.
Happy New Year to All!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Sign at the Museum

Thanks to Steve Condon who made the sign and donated his time and labor .  Thanks to Steve and Ron Kramer for installing it.  It can be seen from all directions and should do a good job directing visitors to the Museum. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Church Calendars Available Now At The Museum

The VAHS has calendars for sale at the Museum featuring photos & history of area churches.  This is an 18 month calendar for January 2014 thru June 2015.  All photos are in color.

Churches featured are St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Willowdell; St. Paul Lutheran Church near North Star; St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star; Christian Church, Brock and Christian Church, North Star;  Holy Family Catholic Church, Frenchtown; St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia; St. Peter Lutheran Church, Webster; Webster Methodist Church.
St. Denis Catholic Church,  Trinity Lutheran Church,  Versailles Christian Church,  First Southern Baptist Church,  United Methodist Church and Living Waters Ministries all of Versailles.  

                                                                          This calendar will be a wonderful keepsake and will also make a terrific gift.

Stop by the Museum this Sunday and browse the exhibits.  And don't forget to pick up a copy of our Church Calendar while they last.  

Were are open 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and admission is free.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thanking Our Veterans

How do we say thanks for all that our Veterans have done for us? The Versailles Area Historical Society wishes to invite the community to join us in saying “Thank-you” to our Veterans at a special program of thanksgiving and remembrance.
On Sunday November 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Versailles Museum, the Honorable Judge Michael McClurg will serve as keynote speaker fo
r our first ever Veterans Remembrance Program.
In addition to Judge McClurg, the reading of several special writings will be shared along with a special Candle lighting and wreath presentation.
A reception will follow the event to allow for fellowship and an opportunity for you to thank our local Veterans for their service. Our program is open to all, but especially our Veterans and their spouses.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Matching Gift Program & Volunteer Grant Program

With only a few short months before the end of 2013, we encourage people who will donate to a nonprofit this year to take advantage of the billions of dollars in employer matching funds that get left on the table each year. Many employers will double or triple your donation through "Matching Gift Programs".
Many employers also have a "Volunteer Grant Program" whereby they pay an organization for volunteer hours worked by employees of their companies.

 Some of these Companies are Verizon, State Farm, US Bancorp, ITW, Home Depot, BP, Microsoft, AAA, Time Warner, UPS, WalMart and the list goes on & on.  

Current employees and retirees are eligible to participate in these programs. 

Please check with your company and take advantage of doubling or tripling your donation. If you are a volunteer, make sure you are taking advantage of the Volunteer Grant Program.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

We Need You To Enroll In The Kroger Community Rewards Program

Please help us by enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards Program online at

After you enroll, select the Versailles Area Historical Society as the organization you wish Kroger to donate to.  Then, when you shop Kroger, the VAHS will benefit.  It is as easy as that!
Enroll today.  Thank You!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

DVD Available at the Museum

Clarence "Pitsy" Pitsenbarger and Fr. Brinker filmed the original version of this 1939 Downtown Versailles Business Tour and preserved history.

Versailles Day at Stillwater Beach was also filmed in 1939.

In 1976 Gail Brandewie, daughter of Clarence and Esther Pitsenbarger, filmed the Versailles Development Association, the Versailles Rotary Club and the Bi-Centennial Poultry Days.  In 1986 she filmed an update of the Rotary Club.

Gail converted the 35 millimeter film from 1939 to DVD.  She added narration and included the 1976 and 1986 film.  It is all included in this DVD.

In 2012, Gail graciously gifted the original film and DVD to the Versailles Area Historical Society.   

The Versailles Area Historical Society has duplicated the DVD.  It features a new jacket cover with a photo of Downtown Versailles today.  Copies are on sale at  the Museum. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Grand Opening

A "Sneak Peek" will be held on Wednesday June 12th at 7 P.M. at the Museum open to members & invited guests.  This "sneak peek" will offer a look at the newly remodeled military & activity room, new school room, and newly revamped displays throughout. Make plans to join us!

Our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday evening June 13th at 7 P.M. & is open to the public.

Poultry Days weekend the Museum will be open from 12 noon until 8 P.M. daily.

Plan to enjoy the weekend festivities & be sure to visit your local museum. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

You Are Invited!

The Versailles Area Historical Society invites you to their Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of your area museum on Thursday evening June 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  The museum is located at the corner of St. Rt. 121 and West Streets in the former Versailles Medical Center.

The recently remodeled building offers over twenty display rooms featuring the history of our area including all the villages in our school district plus Osgood and Russia. The amazing collections prepared for June include a salute to Poultry Days, a Military room, a redecorated School and Fire room.  We will also feature a look at Scouting in our community and gardening and canning in the last century.

We hope you’ll join us for this special event and visit during our Poultry Day’s hours from noon to 8:00 every day. We will also be open on June 18th from 9:00 to 4:00 for the GOBA event in the village.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Getting ready for the grand opening.

The construction phase of the remodel is done!   Painting is done!  We are cleaning and beginning to put the Museum displays in place.  Thanks to the many volunteers who have helped to get this far and continue to help.  We can't do it without you.
Watch for our grand opening.    

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


 “See It, Save It, Preserve It!

 The Versailles Area Historical Society will be taking part in this year’s annual National Historic Preservation Month celebration with their “What was up There?” tour of five fascinating buildings that give history of what was on the second and in one case third floors in downtown Versailles.
The tour will be hosted on Saturday May 4, 2013. Groups will gather rain or shine in the village square with one group leaving at 12:00 p.m. and the second group at 3:00 p.m. each lasting about two hours. Light refreshments will be served in the Masonic Dining Room and a question and answer session will be held.
Cost is $8.00 for Versailles Area Historical Society members and $10.00 for non-members. Guests will have guided tours of five historic buildings including the Marker Building, now the home of Living Waters Ministry the La Moine Hall (former home of The Versailles Policy), the Opera House (above Tom Magoto’s State Farm), the Knights of Columbus Hall, the 1st Library, the old telephone switch board, (all above the Floor Store & More and House of Flowers) and the Versailles Masonic Lodge (located above Nancy O’s).
For tickets you may make reservations by calling the museum answering machine at 937-526-4222 and leave your name if you are a member, how many tickets and if you want tour one or two. We look forward to hosting you “Upstairs”.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

UPDATE on Remodel Project

We are now to the stage of "cleaning up" the construction mess, priming walls & painting to get ready for carpet & tile.  Volunteers have been busy.
Several other smaller projects are still finishing up.  Three built-in display cases are in the final stages as Steve Harman has been building them with scrap lumber from the remodel project.  Kitchenette cabinets are being refinished by Ed Collins ( these were cabinets that were removed in the remodel).  The north lobby no longer has reception windows.  They have been replaced with a solid wall better suited for displays.
We are excited about the changes and looking forward to sharing them at a future open house.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

We Can Hardly Wait Till It's Finished!

Remodeling is in full swing. We are excited about this project & and what it will mean for the community. A larger activity room, larger display area, a handicap accessible bathroom & kitchenette will allow the VAHS to offer new programs in a comfortable, pleasant environment. We will be accessing space that was previously not suitable for use. We can hardly wait to get the Museum open & humming with activity.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Remodeling Underway

  We are temporarily closed for the remodel project which will add a handicap accessible bathroom and a large open meeting/program room to the museum. Thanks to the Committee of the Emerson Booher Advised Fund for Versailles for the grant that put us "over the top" for the project. We will be running updates and maybe a few photos as the project moves ahead.
The project will be completed in approximately 2 months and we will schedule a "grand opening" at that time. 

Thank you for your patience!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sunday Feb 10th......

February 10th, 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. 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. 
Scott will have his book available for purchase & will sign your copy.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Deb Pohl named Citizen of the Year


 Deb Pohl was named Citizen of the Year at the annual Versailles Area Chamber banquet.  Eric Paulus presented the award and State Rep. Jim Buchy was on hand to present a certificate to Deb on being named for the honor.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Second guest in our Speaker Series....

Chris Supinger 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.  Join us at the museum.