Friday, March 22, 2013

March newsletter

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1913 flood. There has been a lot of coverage on television and books have been written about it. There are photos on our Facebook page. You need to be on Facebook yourself to see it. There are memories by people who lived through it on the Ft. Loramie News blog.
There are plans to place a plaque on our barn on Elm Street marking the Buckeye Trail which goes right past there. Many have hiked the trail which is marked with blue blazes on trees and poles.

Tom Busse has been at work. He painted and rearranged the shelves in the doll room and did the same with the Civil War case in the military room. When he took the paper off the inside of the case he found it had been painted in 1970's harvest gold.  Mercifully it has been redone in white.  The roof on the old part of the building has been replaced.  Plans have been made to replace the curtains in the parlor which have been there since we acquired the building forty years ago.

Al Freytag, a long-time member of the historical association has passed away.  He and Mrs. Freytag have always been generous benefactors of our organization and many others.

Mary Oldiges, curator of the museum in Minster, is doing their display this year on the businesses that are and were on Fourth St.  One of them was the Bornhorst Shoe Store. We have artifacts from that store so we are loaning some of them to Minster for the summer.  Mary said she is impressed that Fort Loramie still has most of its old buildings intact. 

We still have copies of our latest book, Fort Loramie Main Street and Beyond.  It costs $35 plus tax.  You can get your copy at the Silver Cross in Fort Loramie or call one of the officers. 

If you would like to join the Fort Loramie Historical Association the dues are $10.  Call Sheila Quinlin at 937-295-4019.  We are also happy to accept donations.