Museum's grand opening will be among Memorial Day activities
Pataskala's Memorial Day celebration begins at 11 a.m. Monday, May, 27, at the local cemetery and concludes at the Mead-Needham Museum, which will celebrate its grand opening.
The honor guard from the Milon Edward Rardon American Legion Post 107 will begin the cemetery ceremony with a 21-gun salute. The honor guard includes Capt. Don Vocca, Charles Caldwell, Penny Killea, Mike Erichsen and Tim Marty Jr.
Post Cmdr. Kcerrii Bjishkian said the celebration will move to the Pataskala Veterans' Green at 11:30 a.m. Local Boy Scouts will perform taps.
Mayor Steve Butcher said the Mead-Needham Museum, at 330 S. Main St. across the street from the Veterans' Green, will have a military memorabilia display.
The museum was renovated by six local families who are associated with the West Licking Historical Society.
Jack Cruikshank said when the house went up for auction four years ago, the historical society board voted against taking on the project.
He said six local families went together and formed a nonprofit organization, the Mead-Needham Museum Inc.
They purchased the home for $61,000 and started renovations.
He said the reason they wanted that house is because it is associated with two prominent local families.
The home was built by W.H. Mead II, co-founder of the Pataskala Banking Co., for his daughter, Carrie Dell Mead.
Carrie Dell Mead married W.S. Needham, owner of the area's first newspaper, the Pataskala Standard.
"That's why the house meant so much to us," Cruikshank said.
The families used some of their own money for renovations and worked with Butcher to organize fundraisers.
Cruikshank said the museum will be open every Friday night during the city's farmers market and by appointment.
Following the Memorial Day activities on the green, the museum will host a lunch for veterans and their families and active service personnel, Bjishkian said.
Butcher, who owns the Nutcracker Family Restaurant on Broad Street, said veterans can eat free at the Nutcracker on Tuesday, May 28. The restaurant also will donate 10 percent of all meals eaten to the USO.