bombing the Headquarters Western Vietnam Military Training area at Son La. He became the twelfth P.O.W. captured.
Decoration includes two Silver Stars, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, one with a “V” for Valor, two Purple Hearts, DFC, 13 Air Medals, and others. After a seven-year eight-month stint in the Hanoi Hilton, he was released February 12, 1973. After 1 ½ years on the Air Force Academy faculty, he retired 1111 hours, November 11, 1974. Next, he worked for the FAA in Washington D.C., Denver, and Seattle. In 1982, he entered the agri-business as an owner of a cattle ranch. Then moved to the Great Plains as a wheat producer. His current career is as a corn and soybean producer in southwestern Ohio.
Michael and his wife Jane moved to Urbana in the mid-seventies for Michael to serve as an artist-in-residence for the college and county schools. Their intention was to stay one year before moving back to New York where he felt he needed to be for his art career. They fell in love with the people and environment of Champaign County including Urbana’s architecture and Urbana College. After finding and purchasing an abandoned church to renovate for a home and art studio they committed to stay on here.
Major studied art at the Dayton Art Institute from the sixth grade through his senior year of high school, has a BS, Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University and an MFA from Pratt Institute, New York.
He founded Main Graphics in 1988 in part to publish books of drawings and after thirty-three years sold the company recently to Boldman Printing.
He continues to spend most of his time at his art studio at 119 Miami Street along with the Champaign County Arts Council and Architect daughter Sarah Mackert.
The Champaign County Historical Society will present two educational lectures this summer about local history. The programs are free.
The museum will be closed July the 2nd and 3rd so our staff can spend time with their families.
We hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!!
We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday July 6th.
Submitted on behalf of the CCHS by Rob Pollock, volunteer
What is it worth?
Find out this Wednesday, May 19th at the Champaign County Historical Museum’s spring fundraiser.
The fundraiser will be held on Wednesday between 6 and 9 p.m. in the museum at 809 East Lawn in Urbana.
The event, which is patterned after the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow,” is sponsored by Freshwater Farms of Ohio and the Historical Society. All proceeds benefit the museum’s operations.
The price of admission is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Admission includes one appraisal and a flight of wine & charcuterie plate served “bistro-style” by Freshwater Farms. The organizers hope that folks will socialize during the event and tour the museum rather than simply wait in line.
Four experienced appraisers will be set up throughout the museum. Two appraisers were introduced earlier this month.
Advance tickets may be purchased at the museum, at local banks – Peoples, Perpetual and Urbana’s Park National Bank. In addition to benefiting the museum and preserving its artifacts, this should be a fun event for people of all ages to enjoy and hopefully one that will build from year to year.
By Rob Pollock, Volunteer with the Champaign County Historical Society.
“What is it worth?”
Do you have an old object, an antique or a family heirloom that you want to know more about? We may have a solution for you.
The Champaign County Historical Museum is hosting an Antiques Appraisal Fair between 6 and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19.
The event is one of two fundraisers that help support museum operations. Freshwater Farms of Ohio and the Historical Society are sponsoring this event.
Advance tickets are $20 each and available at local Urbana banks, the Chamber of Commerce and at the museum located at 809 East Lawn Ave., Urbana. Tickets may also be purchased on the evening of the event for $25 each.
For the price of admission guests will receive a verbal appraisal for one item from one of the appraisers. (Current CCHS members may have two objects appraised). In addition, there will be a complementary wine and cheese bistro hosted by Freshwater Farms of Ohio.
The other appraisers will be featured in an upcoming article.
The Historical Museum hopes you will participate in this event and help support our operations.
On Wednesday, March 31, artist and author Robert Kroeger came to the museum to demonstrate his barn painting technique, tell barn stories, and sign his recently published book “Historic Barns of Ohio.”
A raffle of the painting he produced at the event was won by attendee Ed Smith of Chillicothe, Ohio.
Four previously painted pictures by the artist were displayed at the event and are being sold via a silent auction. The auction will end at our Sunday, April 18th 2pm Program (“Myths of the Civil War” presented by Mayor Bill Bean).
Between now and then, you may either submit your bid at the museum, or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The minimum bid is $150. You will be notified by either phone or email should someone submit a higher bid. The four pictures being auctioned can be found below.
Further background information on the artist and the individual paintings can be found on his website (THE BARN PROJECTS).
Feel free to call the museum for further details of the auction at 937-653-6721.
Champaign County Historical Society Board President