What happened at the April 2 Historical Society Meeting? – published in local papers
The Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting began with a visit from Phillip Green. He dropped off the original 1898 charter from the Greenup Chapter of the Improved Order of Red Men. Thanks to Kent Howell for donating the historic charter and to Philip Green for presenting it to CCHGS. Come by the Johnson Building Saturday, Sunday, or any day you see the “OPEN” sign to have a look at the charter and the other IORM paraphernalia that we have.
The other highlight of the evening was a video on How to Clean a Gravestone. It was great for genealogy buffs who like to get out in the graveyards and clear things up. Von and Ruth Blankenbaker demonstrated a simple procedure that doesn’t damage the stone and is capable of revealing a lot of information hidden by the ravages of time. Jerry Brown filmed the steps they suggested to follow. The video can be seen on our facebook page in Jerry’s entry from March 23. Or the DVD can be viewed at the Johnson building.
The regular meeting, conducted by president Kristan Scott, included the usual discussion of building visitation and maintenance. In the past three months, visitors have come to all three museum buildings, the main displays in the buildings have been cleaned as necessary, and Larry Kemper repaired the pipes damaged by the cold weather.
Thanks to Kenny Shook for helping to carry the remaining Christmas decorations from the Johnson Building and Depot across the street to the Military Building for storage.
The memorial stones for Bobbi Goodman and Ina Dillier have arrived and been placed in the park in front of the depot. The flowers are starting to come up; visit the garden soon for a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the spring weather.
Also, CCHGS members made initial plans for participation in Toledo Springfest, Neoga Days, and other activities in Greenup later in the year. Everyone was especially excited that we are planning once again planning to have the Cumberland County Historical Society’s Jeep Run during Toledo Freedom Days. This time we are looking for interesting new sites and routes. Different routes for jeeps and for cars to reach the designated points will ensure that everyone can enjoy part of the day outdoors with history.
The next meeting of the Historical Society will take place at 6:30 on Thursday, May 7 at the Military Museum in Greenup. Remember, current hours for the museums in Greenup are Saturdays 11-3, Sundays 1-3, and by appointment. Call 923-9306 for information or special tours. Check out our website at www.cumberlandcountyhistory.org and our facebook page.