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March 4 - Historical Stock Certificates and Bonds of Knox County and Ohio

by William Knadler, of Norwalk, Ohio
Mr. Knadler will bring many examples from his collection of more than
5000 early Ohio stock certificates including several from Knox County, such as
The Kokosing Iron Works, and The Mount Vernon Bridge Co.

May 6 - The Architect and the Doctor: Louis Sullivan and Dr. George Arndt

                 by Dr. Joseph Tebben

     Since his retirement as OSU Professor of Greek and Latin, Dr. Tebben has published The Old Home: Louis Sullivan's Newark Bank – the fascinating story of how the famous Chicago architect came to design "Newark's most significant architectural structure" in the early 1900's, as well as Sullivan's connection with the East Vine St. office of Mount Vernon's homeopathic physician, Dr. George Arndt.

June 3 - Teddy Roosevelt and the “No Race Suicide” Movement

                 by Pam Jensen

     In the early 1900's, concerns regarding declining birth rates raised fears about the social and economic balance among racial and ethnic groups worldwide. Teddy Roosevelt's involvement made the topic both a national and a local issue.

July and August

        Watch for our special exhibits and participation at the Knox County Fair in July and at
The Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival in August as we celebrate
the 200th anniversary
of the birth of Daniel Decatur Emmett.

March 2 - “Paratroopers Do or Die” - presented by Mr. Donald Jakeway

One of Johnstown, Ohio’s best-known citizens is Mr. Donald Jakeway, who parachuted into Normandy, France, on D-Day with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment as part of the 82nd Airborne Division. He has received many honors for his WWII service, including serving as the honored guest at Knox County’s D-Day celebration in 2015, and having the Johnstown’s intersection of Ohio’s Route 37 and U.S. 62 named “Don Jakeway Place.”

Mr. Jakeway will be with us to discuss his most interesting life as told in his autobiography, Paratroopers Do or Die.

April 6 - “A Century of Mail Pouch Advertising” – A story by Mr. Norman Zimmerman

Now designated as historic landmarks and exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Mail Pouch Tobacco barns and signs have come a long way from their humble beginnings.

Soon after his birth in 1927 in Morgan County, Ohio, Norman Zimmerman began traveling across America from New York to Missouri with his mother and father, who was a painter of barns for the Mail Pouch Tobacco Co. During his career, his father painted over 12,000 barns, and in 1946 was joined by Belmont County's Harley Warrick, who also completed 20,000 barns during his long career.

May 4 - “The Ariel Corporation 50th Anniversary” - presented by James Buchwald

Marking their legal birth at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 1966, The Ariel Corporation has made great strides and countless contributions to the betterment of Knox County, Ohio, during their first 50 years.

Ariel founder James Buchwald will share his stories of the beginnings and remarkable growth that have brought the Company to its position of leadership today.

June 1 - “The White Castle Story” - presented by Jamie Richardson

According to White Castle founder, Billy Ingram, the White Castle story is "the story of developing the hamburger sandwich into its modern, tasty form." We'll learn much more about White Castle history from our local resident and company Vice President, Jamie Richardson, whose responsibilities for government affairs and public relations often result in appearances on major television network news and business programs.

Jamie promises some "fun surprises" for all who attend his entertaining program.

Unless otherwise noted, our monthly meetings are held at the
Historical Society Museum
875 Harcourt Road
Mount Vernon OH 43050

Programs begin at 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
For more information,
call the Museum at 740-393-5247.

Knox County Historical Society

875 Harcourt Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Phone No. : (740) 393-5247
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