POMEROY — The Meigs County Historical Society and Museum will be closed until January.
Carrie Gloeckner, second vice president of the organization, said that the building is closed for maintenance and repairs, with museum displays being moved indefinitely to the Meigs County Museum Annex next door.
Gloeckner said that museum officials did not yet have a specific date set for when the museum would re-open, but would announce it later in December or January. When the museum does open up again, it will also have new hours. The building will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and will be open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
“So if church gets out, get something to eat and come over,” Gloeckner said. “This will be a very family-friendly place to bring your kids (and) spend some time in. It’s small, but we’re going to pack a lot in it.”
Aside from new hours, Gloeckner said the museum will be set up differently once it moves to the Annex. In particular, Gloeckner said the new museum will be more modern in terms of technology, including a flat-screen television that can play videos for the public. There will also be themed exhibits set up throughout the year.
Beginning in January and lasting until March, there will be exhibits pertaining to rural life, including potentially a blacksmith shop, farm equipment, woodworking tools and a hearth and home area. Also in February, an exhibit regarding the nation’s presidents, in honor of Presidents Day on Feb. 15, will go up, including busts of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
March and April will feature exhibits on fraternal orders, May and June will feature former schools in Meigs County with a possible feature on home life, July and August will have exhibits related to the annual Meigs County Fair and September and October will focus on “river, salt and coal,” which is coordinated with the Sternwheel River Fest.
November will focus on military exhibits to coincide with Veterans Day and December 2016 will feature a Victorian Christmas, while attempting to work with local older churches in the community throughout the exhibit.
The museum is run on donations and memberships, with memberships for individuals costing $15 a year and $25 a year for families. More information on the museum and society can be found on their Facebook page, “Meigs County Historical Society & Museum.”
Gloeckner said even though there are challenges ahead with moving exhibits and cleaning the current museum, she’s excited for what’s to come.
“We’re looking toward the future for preserving the heritage of Meigs County, but we want to make it as enjoyable to learn history as possible,” she said. “We have a very rich heritage here and we want to pass it on.”
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.