Friday, July 22, 2011

July 2011 Newsletter

There has been more discussion about a possible bulk mailing and some other ideas for generating donations were talked about as well as possibly setting up a Facebook page. All non-profit organizations are having funding issues right now and we need help so we don't lose the museum. This is a small town and the museum is important to us. Any help will be very much appreciated.

The Quinlin bedroom was painted by Alice Barhorst with some help from Catherine Wolken. The step in front of the Elm St. door was repaired by Don Gusching. Tom Busse is still touching things up.

Some new display cases have been brought in from the barn and cleaned up. Displays will be set up and changed from time to time and the Rosengartens donated new light bulbs for the cases in the military room since some were burned out. They also donated two OPEN flags to hang outside. Don Gusching brought a flag with the town crest.

The new air conditioner has been very much appreciated in this heat. For those of you who don't live here we have had several days of 95 to 100 degrees farenheit.

Matt Carter, a senior at the high school, is working toward Eagle Scout and has offered to clean out the barn with some of his fellow scouts from Troop 355.

Jay Fleckenstein and his son visited us from Cincinnati. He was one of the founders of the Historical Association and did a lot of work getting the museum ready to open back then.

It seems weird in the middle of July in the heat we've been having in this part of the world but we are starting to think about the Christmas dinners. At this point it's our only way of making money. If you would like information about the dinners call or email Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659, If you would like to volunteer to decorate a room call Dorothy. We can't spend much money for new decorations but we have a ton of them in the storeroom. Or you can lend your own. Within reason you can do what you want as long as it's Christmassy.

Do you know of anyone famous or at least interesting who came from this town or township? There must be someone. So far we only know about Agnes Mersman or Merzman who ran away and joined the circus and married Wild Bill Hickock. Her family lived briefly in the northern part of the township.

It would be a good idea to save this address in your favorites list in case you stop getting a notification. For various reasons sometimes addresses bounce back. I have had that happen with all Verizon addresses. If you know anyone who might like to get this newsletter get their address but never give anyone's email address out without the permission of the owner. My email address and the curator's are at the top of the blog.

We are still open Sundays from 1 to 4 and tours can be given at anytime.