PCHS hosts a successful fall rally



EATON – The Preble County Historical Society held their annual fall gathering from Saturday September 25 through Sunday September 26.

While the fall gathering was only due to start on Saturday, the festivities began on Friday with two ribbon cuts organized for the opening of a new trail and the Society’s new outdoor education and events center. historical.

In addition to exhibits open all weekend, Saturday there were performances at the Historical Society‘s open-air amphitheater, including Preble County Line Band and 4Low Band.

“On Saturday we had an incredible turnout,†said Lisa White, executive director of business, marketing and education at PCHS. “We had 10 hay drives that were completely full, full of people. We had Dale Lewis, the chainsaw artist who carved our new educational owl all day in the education center, which is awesome. He’s going to be the Education Center mascot, so we’re excited about that. Benjamin Anspaugh came over and gave a presentation on how to make historic coffee, which is really cool. He was cooking over there in the log house, so people really enjoyed that. We had our re-enactors, and we asked the people of Antler Ridge to do beekeeping programs. “

On Sunday, in addition to other amphitheater performances by the Richmond Jazz Orchestra and Soul2Soul, an a capella group from the University of Miami, the Historical Society inducted three new members into the Hall of Honor.

According to their website, “To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2011, the Preble County Historical Society (PCHS) established a Hall of Honor. The PCHS Board of Trustees has designated the Hall of Honor as the Sara Swartsel Hall of Honor in recognition of the legacy and philanthropy of the Swartsel family, as evidenced by Sara’s enduring donation to the Preble County Historical Society and to his family’s Preble County community. farm in southeast Preble County.

Class 2021 is the eleventh class of members. The criteria for inductees are as follows: inductees must be deceased and have lived in Preble County at some point in their life; in addition, they must meet one or more of the following requirements: have been outstanding in the fields of agriculture, the arts, the professions, politics, public service, education or sports; or have a reputation that brings honor to the county, or a personal commitment and service to the county; or had a lasting impact on the county.

Inductees for 2021 included Gregory Alan Arnett, William Morton Hildebolt and Horace “Junior” Kramer.

Gregory’s induction plaque reads: “Arnett loved people and demonstrated that love by mentoring and mentoring people professionally and in community organizations. He has directed the Preble County Historical Society, the Preble County Park District, the New Paris Kiwanis, and the National Trail Athletics Hall of Fame. He went from a line chemist to a national coach during his 38-year career with Cargill. “

William’s plaque induction reads: “One of Ohio State University’s ‘100 Buckeyes You Should Know’, Hildebolt has had a distinguished career in food science and environment. He held over 20 patents and recorded his role as the primary inventor of Prego spaghetti sauce in his book “It’s in There!”. In Preble County, he expanded the family farm to over 800 acres and secured his legacy as a 200-year-old single-family property recognized by the state of Ohio.

Horace’s plaque enthronement reads: “Known as an ‘auctioneer,’ Kramer conducted over 10,000 auctions during his 70-year career and was inducted into the Temple of the fame of the Ohio Auctioneers Association. He initiated the Preble County 4H Champions Sale and provided leadership and charity auctions for the American Legion, Eaton Little League, Eaton Country Club and many other community organizations. He facilitated the donation of his farm by Sara Swartsel to the Preble County Historical Society.

Nominations to the Hall of Honor can be made by visiting the Preble County Historical Society website at www.preblecountyhistoricalsociety. org and uploading an application to fill out and submit. You can also email the Company at [email protected] or call the Company at 937-787-4256 and leave a message requesting a nomination form.

“Turnout was good,†White said of the weekend. “We were very happy. The artisans, the salespeople were very happy, so they had a good steady flow of people. I think that was great, especially our first year back after being canceled last year.â€

White urged those who have not yet done so to join the Preble County Historical Society.

“Thanks to everyone who showed up to support us and took a bit of history this weekend and continue to support us,†she said. “I want to cheer – a lot of people said they wished they knew. My advice would be to make sure they sign up to become a member so they can be on our monthly mailing list. They can see and follow all the activities and events of the Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.preblecountyhistoricalsociety.com.

Gregory Alan Arnett, William Morton Hildebolt and Horace “Junior” Kramer were all inducted into the Hall of Honor on Sunday September 26th.

Three new members inducted into the Hall of Honor

Contact Braden Moles at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @BradenMoles


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