The big event this month on the Lucas County Historical Society Museum campus will come on Saturday, May 29, when we open officially for the season. Hours will be 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. that day and every Tuesday through Saturday thereafter until the end of September. As always, admission will be free. Tours begin in the commons area of the John L. Lewis Building.
Because of the way the museum campus is arranged, there sometimes is confusion about visitor parking. Although there is a parking area at the front of the campus, along North 17th Street, visitors are invited to drive into the north entrance of the circle drive and park alongside the John L. Lewis Building, behind the Stephens House. Designated handicap parking places are located there.
Judy Besco will be our principal guide this summer, but Linda Baynes of the Lucas County Health Center Volunteer Services program has lined up several volunteers to help as guides, greeters and project associates during the summer months. Two will be new to the museum this summer --- Ruth Welch and Ellen Hawkins. Welcome! Returning volunteers include Merriam Hibbs, Mary Sandy, Marlin Shipman, Betty Hazelwood, Donna Nichelson, Dorothy Mason, Bev Moon, Doris Clanan and Winifred Wilhite. These volunteers are vital to museum operations during the summer and much appreciated. Board members and museum staffers will be on hand Saturdays to assist Judy.
Keep in mind that if you'd like to visit the museum when it is not officially open, we will be glad to arrange that. Just call or e-mail the museum to make arrangements.
The Lucas County Genealogical Society's May meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the commons area of the John L. Lewis Building. These meetings always are open to anyone interested in genealogy or local history. Membership is not required.
The Lucas County Historical Society Board of Directors will hold its May meeting beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, also in the commons area of the John L. Lewis Building. LCHS members always are welcome to attend. An Events Planning Committee meeting will follow the board meeting.
Chariton Community School fourth-graders will visit the museum on Thursday, May 27 (rain date Friday, May 28). This always is lots of fun, but a challenge to organize since volunteers will need to be in place in each museum building prepared to focus students' attention by concentrating on specific artifacts. Marilyn will be working on this as the month progresses.
Finally, mark Friday, June 18, down on your calendars as the date of an arts and crafts festival on the museum campus. Hours will be 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and hot dogs, chips and lemonade will be served. We've already lined up some of Lucas County's top artists and plan to have the peanut roaster operating. It sounds like fun and it's all free, so we hope to see you there.