Summer hours, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, began Memorial Day at the museum and will continue until October. As always, admission is free. Visitors are welcome at other times, by appointment or by chance.
Judy Besco again is coordinating summer operations with assistance from volunteers working through the Lucas County Health Center Volunteer Services program. We’re looking forward to your visit!
Shortly before Memorial Day, Bill Marner and Loren Burkhalter spent the better part of a day removing the hackberry tree planted many years ago squarely in front of the Stephens House. As the years passed, that tree had grown quite large in a somewhat ramshackle manner, had damaged a pine and a spruce tree that it overshadowed and obscured the facade of the house, which we wanted to be clearly seen from the street.
So now the tree is gone, passers-by have an unobstructed view of the house and once we can arrange it, the hackberry stump will disappear, too. Thanks to Bill and Loren!
New inside the Lewis Building you'll find a display featuring some of our best Civil War-related artificats that will remain in place throughout the sesquicentennial of that great conflict. A photo display entitled "Chariton's Square Deal" is an effort to give visitors an ideal of how the town square developed between 1869 and the turn of the 20th century. And then there's that desert Bedouin costume, complete from sandals and socks to skullcaps and headpiece, that a World War II veteran who served as a cartophographer in Egypt brought home as a souvenir.
Our first event of the season, "Echoes from the Past," a living history expo, will be held on the museum campus from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 17. We're planning an ice cream social on the grounds between the late-July county fair and early-August state fair, and will cap the season with a harvest festival during late September or early October. Stay tuned for additional details.