Newsletter Archive 2021-2025

April 2022 – NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE YET – We remember Laura Jean Pohorence Mary Ellen Thinnes, and Robert Howley Jr. Explore our new website. Look who donated. Board vacancy as Leslie Korenko resigns. Opening Day book signing. Church doors are complete. March 1867-Winter. Part 5 of the Frances Alice Williams Toepfer visit to the Island in 1929. March 1869 – winter still here and supplies are short. Added to our collection.

January 2022 – NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE YET – We bid a very sad goodbye to Patti Fresch and share some favorite photos. Our church doors get a makeover. See who visited us. Jordan Killam reads a Halloween story in the church. Part 4 of Frances Alice Williams Toepfer’s visit to the Island on Decoration Day weekend, 1929. Quilt Winner was Jen Glick of N. Ridgeville. Check out all the unusual items that were donated, including a handmade quilt, a Steiff bear from 1903, and an 88 year old doll (among other items). It’s 1864 and Islanders celebrate the New Year. November 9, 1863 – Rumors surface about a plot to free the prisoners on Johnson’s Island.

September 2021 – Our annual Meeting and the President’s Message. Lots of photos of visitors to the museum. The Kellegian newsletter (1951-52) is now online. Photographs from the Arts & Crafts Show and the Members Only cocktail party. Some pretty cool things we received. Part 2 of Frances Toepfer’s 1929 visit to the Island. A story from 1844 about the very first school house on the Island and one from 1858 – A complaint for selling intoxicating liquors is heard in the Justice of the Peace court.

July 1, 2021 – Vegas Night cancelled but a member cocktail party is planned. Big turnout for opening day. Julie Valentine is our new gift shop manager. Paul Selfe passed away. Thanks to: LaVerne Kuznar who donated 12 steel shelves, the Lakeside Heritage Society for donating slotted wall boards and 2 file cabinets, and Jim Selfe for his generous contribution to our gift and resale shops. Karen Havlik and Leslie Korenko  secured a veteran star (Civil War) for Simon Huntington’s grave site. June Campbell – our outstanding volunteer. Plans to rehabilitate the bake oven at the State Park. Tax benefits for donating or getting a Life membership if you are 70.5 or older. Projects: new website planned, new windows for parsonage delayed, new annex building for next year and refinishing the church doors. Frances Alice Williams recalls how they bought their Island house (1929). All our great business supporters.

April 1, 2021 – In this issue: Volunteers needed. We mourn Jim McIntire’s passing. We recap the list of virtual tours and online resources on our website. We thank our generous Patron Members. Anne Cassidy and Don Schlesselman say thank you. An update from the Parsonage Resale Shop. Leslie Korenko receives the 2020 OHRAB Citizen Archivist Award which honors volunteers in Ohio’s archives who work long hours, unpaid and often unacknowledged. Some pretty remarkable donations that we have received. A list of new LIFE members appears and some of our most generous donators. Ned Williams shares part 1 of his Aunt Fran’s story about visiting the Island in 1929. A list of our wonderful business members. Board elections coming up. A list of articles that appeared on our History Blog.

January 2021 – A message from our New President. Las Vegas Night might go on. How many people visited our museum and Facebook pags. A list and some stories about some of our donations. We mourn the loss of: L. A. (Lee) Baumler, Anne Sennish, Violet “Vi” Feyedelem. New Years 1868 the Historic House index is now online. Our business members.