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Mead-Needham Museum opens April 6

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Roger Pickering, president of Mead-Needham Museum Inc., shows a photograph of his father, Lawrence Pickering, and his brother, James, with a 1918 Buick bus. The body of the bus was made by local blacksmith Clarence Palmer and would take students to school in Etna. The photo will be one of the many items on display at the Mead-Needham Museum at 300 S. Main St. in Pataskala. The museum will open for the season April 6.

The Mead-Needham Museum in Pataskala will unveil some new displays when it opens for the season from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

The museum, 300 S. Main St., is open several times throughout the year and by appointment, which can be scheduled by calling 740-927-3688 or 740-927-8199.

Martha Tykodi, the museum's publicist, said the new displays will include records from Lima Township and memorabilia from the Licking Heights and Watkins Memorial high school classes of 1964.

Tykodi said she and another member of the Western Licking County Historical Society retrieved records from Lima Township, which are being placed in proper climate-controlled storage with a $724 grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board.

Tykodi said the historical society received the grant in 2013. It required the society not only to preserve the records but to prepare them for display and make them available to the public for research.

She said the Mead-Needham Museum has a resource room that could be used for records searches.

Tykodi said the Lima Township records show how much the township paid for different items over the years, including how much the township paid residents who shot hawks, which were killing farm animals.

It also includes information related to how local fire departments formed and the departments' interactions with Lima Township and its residents, she said.

The pieces of memorabilia from the high school classes of 1964 were donated for display by former students, Tykodi said.

The museum, which first opened in May 2013, has military displays, advertising and other memorabilia from local businesses.

Tykodi said that includes a butcher block from a local butcher and a scale from the old general store in Ash, a now-defunct village that was on state Route 310 at Morse Road.

The museum also has a collection of old toys, including a large doll house made in 1937 by local carpenter Benson Headlee, and medical equipment from Dr. Lloyd Bell, who practiced in Pataskala through the mid-1930s.

Tykodi said the medical display includes information about two other local doctors: Lorenzo Wells, a Kirkersville native, and C.D. Watkins, for whom Watkins Memorial High School was named.

The Mead-Needham Museum is operated by the nonprofit Mead-Needham Museum Inc., which was organized by six local families who purchased the home in which the museum is located and renovated it.

The home was built in 1890 by W.H. Mead II, co-founder of the Pataskala Banking Co., for his daughter, Carrie Dell Mead. She married W.S. Needham, owner of the area's first newspaper, the Pataskala Standard.

Tykodi said both businesses are still in operation.

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