Miami County Historical Museum | People

The board of trustees of the Miami County Historical Museum met on Tuesday August 10 at the Paola Museum.

Nine members were present representing the townships of Miami County. The Heartland Art Guild’s annual miniature art exhibit at the museum was a great success. Paintings from all over the world have been submitted. Many paintings have been sold.

Fresh from the press is Lloyd Peckman’s collection of reports, letters, stories and maps. Entitled “Discovering the History of Native Americans in My Neighborhood”, it traces his discoveries of the Miami Indians in the southern part of Miami County. Sold for $ 10, editor-in-chief Roger Shipman.

It was voted to start planning the expansion of the museum. It would include an elevator upstairs and the renovation of two of the upstairs bedrooms. The museum could then expand the exhibition of its artefacts.

A shipment of new T-shirts have arrived with the museum’s new logo. Priced at $ 15, they are on sale at the museum’s gift shop.

Kathy Peckman, Aggie Dillard and Anna Lee Billam write recent obituaries on the nearly 50,000 already recorded in the museum’s database. They are from Miami County and date back to the 1860s.

McTV’s Paul Davis is working with the museum to create a marketing plan using his site as well as Facebook, YouTube and other outlets. Jana Harrington Barcus helps.

The museum is always looking for volunteers to help answer phones, greet and direct visitors through the museum. Stop and check.

The next council meeting is September 14 at 4 p.m.

– LeAnne Shields, librarian

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Patrick F. Williams