The Montgomery Historic Preservation Association annual meeting will be held on Monday, May 8, at the Wilder-Swaim House beginning at 7:00 p.m. The organization has been working with Sara Fisher, an AmeriCorps volunteer from the Ohio Historic Service Corps, to reorganize the contents of the Wilder-Swaim House that have accumulated over the years.  She is protecting the treasures that are sometimes hiding under their less valuable cousins.  Sara will be the speaker at the meeting.  Montgomery Historic Preservation Association will also host an Open House that evening, Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  and tour the work in progress.

Another 300 photos have gone off for scanning and will join the others on the organization’s new computer. They have acquired old photos and will be keeping them in addition to the scans to enable the greatest access. Our Facebook page, Montgomery Historic Preservation Association, has some of the photos posted and generates some interesting conversations about the community.

The City Calendar art work is a joint project with Sycamore High School and this year I have supplied some old photos as possible inspiration for the students to consider in thinking of our downtown-what was lost and what was saved.

This year’s Harvest Moon Festival display featured our newly acquired painting of Morgan’s Raid along with materials about the raid. Although a small part of the Civil War, the raid continues to interest our residents because it happened here.  Mort Kuntsler’s painting uses the Universalist Church as a background for the stylish John Hunt Morgan on horseback.

Senior Life’s February issue contained an article on our Universalist Church and Kaye Gaffney’s work continues with this years Hoffman House Landmark Ornament.

Annual dues of $10 are due as we continue to use our funds to fulfill our mission of protecting Montgomery’s history.


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