Nov 12, 2012

VAHS seeking Christmas items

VERSAILLES--The Versailles Area Historical Society is always working to improve displays and add new ones as well with permanent gifts as well as loaned items.

Right now, the Society is creating a “Hometown Christmas” display and is in need of the following: a 1950’s china cabinet, simple accessories that might be found in a 1950’s living room, and a variety of old Christmas decorations and area photos.

In order to recreate “Toy Land” from Martin’s Department Store, the Society is seeking original 1940’s through 1970’s toys on loan to the museum. Members are also looking for Christmas cards/letters/ or samples of what you might have mailed to our troops over the years during this season to add to the “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” display for the military room.

Also, the Society is seeking:

* artifacts from the former Buckeye Overhaul Company, especially items made or used to make their products;

* photos of reconstruction following the town fire of 1901 or documents, journals, or diary entries that reference the fire are needed for coping; especially family stories and items from this tragedy to place on loan;

* items from sports and band through the years, especially the early years of football and basketball as well as early marching band years and baseball history memorabilia; and

* Poultry Days costumes worn by Miss Chick contestants as well as Little Miss Chick outfits for a spring display.

If interested in sharing any of these items, contact Deb Pohl, 423-1106, or Jim Kelch, 467-1585.

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