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After almost being forced to shut down because of financial problems, the Owen County Historical Society Museum is back on its feet and planning a day of history appreciation as a way of giving back to the community for its generous donations.
Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said an Owen County History Appreciation and Dedication Day will take place at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25.
Williams-Baker said the day would not have been possible without the donations that came in following an article in the News-Herald about the tough times the museum was facing.
Donations in the amount of $2,265 also came in lieu of flowers after the death of Owen County native Scott Hardin.
A picnic pavilion is currently being constructed and will be dedicated in honor of Hardin.
Williams-Baker said the event is free for everyone. A free lunch of hot dogs, potato chips, soft drinks and cookies will be served.
Lunch tickets will be available at the front of the museum, however, everyone must take a tour of the museum, Williams-Baker said.
“Once they go through the museum they can go out back and present their ticket for the free meal,” Williams-Baker said. “If they don’t go through the museum, they don’t eat. We want everyone who comes out to see the wonderful things our museum holds so that they might take an interest and become involved.”
Bonnie Strassell will share stories of Owen County’s past in old-time clothes; Larry Dale Perry will display his collection of artifacts; Williams-Baker’s daughter, Sherry Goodrich, will be dressed in a Cherokee maiden outfit; and local dulcimer player Ronald DeVore will entertain throughout the event.
Williams-Baker said she is trying to get local high school students to help run old-time games for kids to participate in.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith will speak, and Williams-Baker said she hopes some state officials will attend.
Williams-Baker said repairs are starting to take shape at the museum, and the sunroom at the museum will soon be transformed into a Kentucky River Room, which will include pictures, stories and an air-powered calliope donated by the Cincinnati Museum Center.
“We couldn’t do things like this if it weren’t for the generous donations,” Williams-Baker said. “This event is just one way we can show the people of this county what their donations go toward and how much we appreciate them. Hopefully, after this event people will come back often and take part in the wonderful things that the Owen County Historical Society has to offer.”
The museum is located at 206 North Main St.