Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Available at the Museum

“ All Roads Lead Home” is a pictorial and history book featuring over 330 pages with 450 + photographs on the villages of Brock, Frenchtown, North Star, Osgood, Russia, Versailles, Webster, Willowdell and Yorkshire.

You may purchase your book at the Versailles Area Museum for $40.

To order by mail, send your check (marked book) to the VAHS, P. O. Box 54, Versailles Ohio 45380.   Please include an additional $5 for postage and handling.

The Versailles Area Historical Society is an all volunteer, non profit organization and all proceeds benefit the Versailles Area Museum.  

Members, Volunteers, and Donors are the Cornerstones

Another year is coming to a close.  As I reflect about the museum over the past years, I can’t help but think about all the friends of the museum.  When the Area Historical Society began in 2009, we didn’t dare think ahead to this moment.  Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be where we are today!  And it’s all because of you; yes you, the member reading this newsletter!! 

From forming the Historical Society, to getting our tax exempt status, to gaining a museum building, our Founding Members, to yearly memberships, to creating a museum, to sustaining the museum, it’s been you!  We couldn’t do what we do without all your support. 
                                                                                                    Cornerstones Of Success

From artifacts and pictures donated to items on loan, it’s just amazing what has arrived at the museum from your collections, from your attics, barns, basements and garages! 
And volunteerism is alive and well here too!  We have a volunteer Board, volunteers doing all the data entry for artifacts (whether on loan or donated), volunteers cleaning, mowing, sweeping, snow removal, flower gardening, taking care of our beautiful ferns, setting up and taking down displays, replacing light bulbs, fixing what has broken, building shelving, carrying boxes, taking care of memberships, dreamers who think of new displays, (yes it takes those too)!  We have book writers, military room caretakers, cookie bakers, volunteers for the Speaker Series, Lasts Mondays of the Month and Student Field Trips, dessert makers and the list goes on and on!

Grants and sustaining donations have been realized from the Booher Foundation, the Darke County Foundation, the Greater Versailles Foundation and the Dayton Foundation.  We continue to receive contributions from Kroger Community Rewards and Thrivent Lutheran.     
Since 2009 many local organizations and businesses have helped us to succeed.  I just can’t name them all because I will forget someone.  But the whole Versailles Area has supported the museum since we started holding meetings in the Town Hall Council Room in 2009. 

We absolutely couldn’t keep the museum doors open without all your monetary donations, whether through memberships or contributions.   As with every home or business it takes money to operate.  Every month when our treasurer (she keeps track of every penny) reads her report, I hold my breath till she is finished. 

To those of you who renew your membership year after year or make a donation to help the Museum operate, I thank each and every one of you!!!  A “Thank You” doesn’t seem adequate but this big THANK YOU is from the bottom of my heart!!!!!

My hope is that you have a Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!!
 Debra Pohl,
 President, VAHS

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hometown Christmas Coming to Versailles

Just a reminder that the Museum is temporarily closed this Sunday (Nov. 9) while we switch exhibits and get ready for the Christmas season. We will reopen Friday November 14th 6-8p.m., Saturday 10-2p.m. and Sunday 1-4p.m. for the "Hometown Christmas" celebration.
We will be trimmed for the holidays and new exhibits will be in place. On Friday & Saturday, we will also be offering our new book "All Roads Lead Home" at the Craft Bazaar in the St. Denis Church Basement.
Make plans to kick off this Christmas season in Versailles with a hometown celebration!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Versailles Area History Book is still available!

The book features over 330 pages of history and 450 photographs (some never before published) of the area villages of Brock, Frenchtown, North Star, Osgood, Russia, Versailles, Webster, Willowdell and Yorkshire.

The book is soft cover and spiral bound and is available for a donation of $40. If you are looking for a great Christmas present for dad, mom or grandparents, pick up a copy of this book. They will love it! The book will also be available at the Hometown Christmas activities on November 14th and 15th.

For our friends out of the area, we will mail the book for an additional $5 for shipping & handling. Send a check (memo "book") with your name and address to: VAHS, P.O. Box 54, Versailles Ohio 45380. Or, "pick up" is available at the Versailles Area Museum, located at 552 S. West Street.

The Versailles Area Historical Society is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization and all proceeds benefit the Versailles Area Museum.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Exhibit at the Museum

We are now showcasing local artists in a new exhibit at the Museum.  From wood carving/building to painting to needlework, to stain glass, it's all here!  What wonderful and talented artists we have in the area.
Be sure to stop by the museum Sundays from 1-4 or schedule an appointment. 

Veterans Program Scheduled for "Last Monday"

Lots of things are happening at the Museum.  On the "Last Monday" of this month, September 29th, we will be featuring our local veterans again.  We invite any Veteran to come and join the program.  Tom Mendenhall will again lead the discussion, as we gather Veterans from WWII to the current to share their experiences.  From the battlefield to friendships, we want to hear your stories. 
If you are not a veteran, please come and enjoy the program.  September 29th at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Soup on the Lawn" Fundraiser

Second Annual                   

“Soup on the Lawn”

              Sunday, August 31st                     
At The Museum - 11 A.M to 3 P.M.               
(Or until gone)               
Homemade Soups, Sandwiches, Desserts & Drinks
DJ “Moose” – Spinning the “Oldies”
Sit in the Shade Under the Tent or Browse the Air-conditioned Museum
Enjoy good food, good Music & visit with old friends!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last Mondays

Join us as we continue "Last Monday" of the month.  On July 28th, we will be remembering our favorite summer vacation and reminiscing about those family trips of long ago.  Meeting time is 1 p.m. at the air conditioned Museum.  It is free and open to the public. 
As always, there will be dessert & coffee to top off the afternoon.
So, come spend an afternoon with friends.     

Monday, July 14, 2014

Backroads Family Travel & Route 66

Remember the days of the backroads family vacations and Route 66?  Well stop by the Museum and browse the new displays.  Volunteers have been working hard to swap out the old displays and put up new. 
Vintage gas station memorabilia, including signs, oil cans, license plates and lots more will transport you to yesteryear. 
Old photographs & vintage collectibles will bring back memories of those family vacations, fishing and camping trips.

We recently acquired some medical items that belonged to Dr. John Ballinger.  They came from a descendant living in Helena, Montana and are now on display.

The exhibits at the Museum are always changing and there is always something new.

Watch for details on our upcoming summer events.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On the Museum Lawn
4 to 6 P.M.
Music Provided by
Russia Gathering Place Jammers
Under the Tent
Bring a Lawn Chair & enjoy

Sunday, May 4, 2014

New Book

          "All Roads Lead Home"                                 New Book Offered to the Public
The Versailles Area Historical Society is taking pre-publication orders for a new book “All Roads Lead Home” which will be available after June 1st. 

The book features over 328 pages of history and 450 photographs (some never before published) of the area villages of Brock, Frenchtown, North Star, Osgood, Russia, Versailles, Webster, Willowdell and Yorkshire.       
The book is soft cover and spiral bound.

Reserve your copy for a $35 donation to the VAHS before May 31, 2014.  After May 31, the book will be available for a $40 donation.    

We will mail the book for an additional $5 for shipping & handling or you may pick up your copy at the Versailles Area Museum, located at 552 S. West Street, after June 1.

Send a check with your name and address to:  VAHS, P. O. Box 54, Versailles Ohio, 45380.  Please mark your check “new book”.    

The Versailles Area Historical Society is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization and all proceeds benefit the Versailles Area Museum.          

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bill Schuette and Al Hetrick Team Up at the Museum

This Sunday April 27th we welcome Versailles author Bill Schuette who will share his book “The Mountain Slayer; A Journey on the Appalachian Trail”.
Bill will be joined by Al Hetrick and they will both share their trek across England.
The program will be held at the Museum and will begin at 2 p.m. Make plans to bring your friends and enjoy our speakers and the new displays always popping up at the museum.
Our speaker series is free, but your generous donations as well as your membership are most appreciated and keep our museum open.
We will serve light refreshments following each speaking event.

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Sunday Afternoon at the Museum" Continues...

Our new season continues on Sunday March 23rd as we host renowned author and historian (not to mention Versailles Area Historical Society Board member) Mary Ann Olding on the history of what has been called "The French Crescent."  Mary Ann's expertise on French immigration, especially on the area between Russia, Frenchtown and Versailles and those who came to this region, is something you won't want to miss.  This is sure to be of interest to those with French connections and their neighbors as well. 
Program begins at 2 P.M. at the museum.  Make plans now to attend. 
Light refreshments will be served after the program

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Meeting Re-Scheduled

The regular monthly meeting of the VAHS is cancelled for Thursday Jan. 23rd due to the extreme cold.  It has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29th at 7 p.m. at the Museum.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Museum Needs Your Help

We will be hosting a salute to six current businesses that have been in Versailles for over 100 years!
The Snyder/Ward Hotel or Inn at Versailles, Edwin F. Nickol Monument Co., Worch Lumber Company, The Versailles Savings and Loan, The Versailles Policy, and the Versailles Feed Mill all have been apart of the Versailles community for over 100 years.
To help us celebrate we are collecting items from these businesses for display. If you have pictures or items to include, please call the museum at 526-4222 and someone get back with you.  Don’t wait, we are on a time crunch here. We are looking forward to celebrating and hope you can help!

The Versailles Museum to Re-open

On Sunday February 2nd the  Museum will re-open for its regular Sunday Hours of 1-4 with the premier of several new displays.
The Music Plays On: A Tribute to the DeMange Family Band will take up residency in the North Gallery. This will be a look back at one of the areas most popular family bands. Also, our newly re-located 1900 Kitchen will be open for your inspection, just like Grandma’s looked!

Also new collections of antique toys as well as native American artifacts will be on display. We will also begin a salute to six current businesses that  have been in Versailles for over 100 years.

So make plans to join your friends at the Museum on Sundays beginning again in February! If we are on a Level 3 the museum will be closed.

Last Monday of the Month


The Versailles Area Historical Society invites all our senior friends to the museum on Monday January 27th at 1:00 p.m. for our first monthly “Last Monday of the Month” activities.

We will kick off our New Year with Dick Coffield who will help us play Area Trivia & Alice Huffman will have some old pictures for us to attempt to identify. Also a delicious dessert and coffee will be served.

This get together will always be held on the last Monday of the month and will have a program and refreshments.

If the schools are closed for bad weather our gathering will also be cancelled. Plan to join us for a fun afternoon at the museum! The only cost is a donation to cover the cost of the snacks.

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