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Pleasant Activity building
Monroe Historical Society's new building
construction picks up
Work on the new Monroe Historical Society's museums is picking up now that the weather is good for
construction work. The
new building, adjacent to the original museum on Elm Street, just off Main
Street in Monroe, will be a one and one half story home built to look like
the Old Chickahominy House in Williamsburg, Virginia. Artifacts to
be displayed include Civil War letters, clothes and photographs.
Some of the labor used to build the museum has been donated along with
donations of money and materials. Jim Price donated the site
and General Electric provided $19,050 in matching funds to the project. Funds are also being raised by selling
bricks to pave a walkway in front of the building. The bricks will
be engraved with personal, club or company names and are selling for
$50. To purchase a brick, pick up a form at either First National
Bank or Firstar Bank in Monroe or at the Monroe City Building.
Below are pictures of the construction site. Place your mouse
over it to start the slide show.
Plans for the new museum are progressing. $155,000 is
needed to build the museum annex and $118,000 has been raised! Ground
breaking is planned for spring. Your help is needed to help us reach our
goal. Send your tax-deductible donation to the Monroe Historical Society,
P.O. Box 82, Monroe, OH 45050.
On Sunday, December 5th, the Monroe Historical Society held it's annual
Christmas Dinner at Houston's Restaurant. Thirty-three members and guests
attended. The beautiful 1999 quilt, "Feathered Star and Carolina
Lily" was won by Emma Humanic of Wiclow Lane in Monroe. The sale of
quilt tickets raised $2,136.00, after expenses, to support the
About the Monroe Historical Society:
Early in 1967 Monroe was planning the Sesquicentennial (150 years) celebration of the village.
It was decided at that time to form a local historical society, obtain a charter from the State of Ohio and let this organization sponsor the celebration.
On May 11, 1967, the Monroe Historical Society was formally organized.
As all the activity planning the Sesquicentennial was underway, Bill Robinson, an industrial/commercial land developer, was buying land for a proposed automobile plant in Monroe.
While tearing down an old farmhouse on the land an old log cabin was discovered in the structure of the farmhouse.
The Monroe Historical Society was contacted and agreed that the log cabin should be saved.
The cabin was taken apart log by log and each one carefully numbered. The log cabin was reassembled in the Monroe Community Park over a two-year period with
The Monroe Historical Society maintains the log cabin and several events take place there each year.
In May, the historical society provides a beans and cornbread lunch for little league baseball players and their families on opening day of the season.
In May we host the Monroe Elementary School third graders. Members of the society portray the founders of Monroe and teach the students what life in early 1800’s was like.
In July the Monroe Historical Society holds its general meeting at the log cabin with a "Picnic in the Park".
In the fall the society makes apple butter which is sold at CityFest.
The historical society has been at our present location for nine years and we have outgrown it.
Land adjacent to the museum has been donated to us by the owner and we are planning to build a "museum annex", a beautiful 1˝ story house.
This will enable us to accept more and larger donations and enable us to preserve and protect more of Monroe’s past for future generations.
The museum is open every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. During this time ladies of the society hold a "quilting bee".
They make a beautiful quilt which is given away the first Sunday in December each year.
The money generated from the sale of quilt tickets helps to support the museum and its operation.
Membership in the Monroe Historical Society is $5.00 per person per year.