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The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society is run by volunteer board members and a team of community volunteers. Reach out today and let us know how we can work together to share and preserve history.

(419) 693-7052

Open the First and Third Thursdays of each month
10am – 2 pm
or by appointment


Bradville School Museum Complex
1133 Grasser Street
Oregon OH 43616

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Timeline PhotosOn this day in 1960, the first Etch A Sketch rolled off the production line at the Ohio Art Company’s Bryan, Ohio, factory. Virtually unchanged since its debut, the iconic toy features two knobs controlling a stylus that runs through aluminum powder, leaving marks on the screen. In 1998, the Etch A Sketch was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sharing a little "flag" history from one of our readers. Heft designed the current United States flag as a school project in Lancaster, Ohio when he was 17 years old. He got a B- for his project by his teacher, Stanley Pratt. After talking about the project, he made an agreement with his teacher that if the flag was made as the official flag by the United States Congress, he would get a better grade for the project. Heft's design was chosen out of more than 1,500 designs that were given to United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his teacher changed his grade to an A.This tombstone, cut to resemble a U.S. flag waving in the wind, marks the resting place of Robert Heft. Heft came up with the current 50-star flag design for a high school project in the late '50s, earning a B- for his efforts. His grade was later changed to an A when it became the national flag of the United States on this day in 1960.

Heft's memorial page:
photo: Rodney Wakeman
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