Over the past few months, we have been faced with many obstacles and trying times due to the COVID-19 Virus and its implications. Rest assured, although we have been closed to the public for well over three months, during that time period we have been taking advantage of that time and continued to improve our internal policies and procedures; repainted and redesigned our War Room; and continued to find new ways to raise funding and community awareness.
Upon Governor DeWine’s June 4, 2020 announcement, it is with great pleasure that the Champaign County Historical Society & Museum will RE-OPEN on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, subject to social distancing requirements and standards. Please note that we are constantly monitoring the public announcements from Governor DeWine’s office and have cleaned and sanitized the Museum for your safety and enjoyment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at the Museum!
Hope to see you all soon!
Gregory L. Harvey, Esq.
On Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 the following were elected to the Champaign County Historical Society Board of Trustees:
L - R (rear): Hayla Parker, Dan Walter (Past President), Terri Marratta (Secretary), Joe Rizzutti, Gregory Harvey (President), Ken Wright (Treasurer), Fred Krift, Charles Emory, Larry Headlee
L - R (front): Beth Adair (Vice President), Dan Gilbert, Candy Gilliam, Bill Bean
CCHS Board of Trustees Meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Museum.
2020 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates:
Appraisal Fair: Thursday, April 23, 2020
18 Nov (3rd Wednesday)
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We have worked hard to increase our presence throughout the county and people have noticed! If you have not had a chance to take our 10-question survey on our website, please do so. We are receiving valuable input and welcome more of the same. Moreover, we received many visitors at the fair and learned a lot from them.
A number of supporters weighed in on our levy campaign and suggested that many voters do not realize just how small the millage is. Others seemed to think that it will apply to all citizens, not just property owners. We’re listening and will highlight:
3/10 of a mil
in our promotional materials and further explain that this equates to about
$10 per year on a property appraised at $100,000.
More than ever, we need the support of all members to pass this issue and thus stabilize our museum operation. Contributions made to the CCHS Campaign Committee will be deposited in the First Central National Bank of St. Paris and may be sent to:
P. O. Box 65, Urbana, OH, 43078.
As always, we thank you for your support.
Our organization continues to march forward in a number of areas including the cyber world. Our website - www.champaigncountyhistoricalmuseum.org - exhibits ongoing innovation and improved accessibility, and our Facebook page is receiving a record number of “likes.”
This is most timely in that the board of trustees voted on April 25 to place a levy for “maintenance and operation” on the November ballot. As before, the levy is for 0.3 mil (3/10ths) for 5 years which would cost a Champaign County property owner about $10/year on a $100,000 property. We were only 439 votes short the last time, and we are mounting a maximum effort to pass it so that we can hire full-time staff, something most organizations of a similar nature have already accomplished; in the meantime we continue to seek volunteer assistance.
What will we do differently this time? We know that we need to reach out to younger voters, particularly in the county, and our new electronic capabilities will help us do that. Since last November we have worked steadily to bolster our presence in the community by recruiting and training volunteers to open the museum on Sundays, engaging the county schools more often and efficiently, posting Ward Lutz’s “Then and Now” and “Looking Back” items in the newspaper and on Facebook, presenting monthly programs of interest, and speaking to local groups. Moreover, Ken Wright’s Community Outreach committee is hard at work establishing partnerships in an around the villages.
The Levy Committee begins weekly meetings in June and will work diligently right up to Nov. 6. More than ever, we’ll need the support of all members to pass this issue and thus stabilize our museum operation.
Contributions made to the CCHS Campaign Committee will be deposited in the First Central National Bank of St. Paris and may be sent to CCHS, P. O. Box 65, Urbana, OH, 43078.
Thank you for your support!
Champaign County Historical Society Board President