Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society
Historic Brandville School & Museum Complex
Home of the Oregon - Jerusalem Historical Society
1133 Grasser Street (near Pickle & Wheeling Streets.)
Oregon, Ohio 43616
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK:
What’s up? That’s one of the popular buzz phrases for the text techies these days! But it is a very appropriate phrase to use in connection with OJHS these days. We speak often of the ups and downs of any organization and it seems that OJHS has been on the upswing for quite awhile.
Early in the year, for a modest fee, we sold the rights to Coweta County, Virginia to use a digital print of our Gilbert Gaul painting in their trail signage along their historic Civil War trail. In October, our treasured Gilbert Gaul painting of "Battery H Artillery at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, June 3-4 1864" was taken on loan under con-tract by the Toledo Museum of Art to be used as the focal point of their exhibit commemorating the end of the Civil War. Our painting will be on display from May through August. The removal of the painting was an undertaking by itself and caused quite a media stir. The size of the painting and frame and the reconfiguration of the front stairway prohibited its removal in a normal manner. A window on the second story was temporarily removed and the painting was crated, lowered and moved to TMA by van. A "tailgate" party took advantage of the occasion—complimentary chili in a cup, sweets and hot beverages were served—and many of the community joined in.
We also are launching a new program "First Families" which will be of interest to those in the community whose ancestors settled in Oregon Township in 1860 or prior. (see another article in the newsletter)
An enhancement to our campus will occur in the Spring, 2015. (see another article in the newsletter)
A new event "Garden Art Sale" is planned for Summer. (see another article in the newsletter)
With the revision of our Bylaws, public meetings will be held in March, May and October. These public meetings will present programs of significant interest to members of the community; no OJHS business will be conducted at these programs.
An "all-member event" will take place in August, also initiated by the bylaw revisions. This will be a review of ac-complishments of the past year, plans for the upcoming year and election of trustees. This will replace the poorly-attended January annual meeting and will be less formal (and more enjoyable). More details will be provided as the time approaches.
And, of course, the Spring and Fall teas will occur. Watch for details in the newsletter since these events always are sold out well in advance.
Living History Day Camp will be presented with new curriculum for the four days in June. Enrollment is limited to 22 students; all the teachers donating their time are current or retired educators.
And, last, but not least, 2015 is the year for the Holiday Tour of Distinctive Homes which will be held the first weekend in December. See the article regarding how to have your home included in this event which began in 2005 and continues to grow in the community.
Now you’ve had a preview in "what’s up" with OJHS. We always have room for more to jump on our bandwagon and "preserve our history and bring history to life". We look forward to seeing you and trust you will enjoy "what’s up".
Connie Isbell, Interim President
Our complex is open 10 am-2 pm each Thursday (excluding holidays). Closed during the months of January and February. Additional arrangements can be made for a tour by a trained docent for groups of 4 or more. There is no charge for this, but donations are welcome.
Our Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org