The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society will celebrate its 25th annual Founders' Day Banquet Sept. 15, the date on which the city now known as Pickerington - originally Jacksonville - was established in 1815.

The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society will celebrate its 25th annual Founders' Day Banquet Sept. 15, the date on which the city now known as Pickerington originally Jacksonville was established in 1815.

It wasn't until 1827 that local residents successfully petitioned Ohio officials to rename the area Pickerington, in honor of native son Abraham Pickering.

All of this history, as well as the establishment of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society in 1987, will be celebrated at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.

"The banquet is held the Thursday as close to Sept. 15 as we can get every year because that's the day Pickerington originally was founded," Peggy Portier, a historian for the historical society, said. "We're trying to make it a little more special this year."

This year's banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A portion of the evening's program will include recognizing the five men who've served as the historical society's president over the past 25 years.

Additionally, central Ohio historian and ThisWeek contributing columnist Ed Lentz will be the guest speaker.

"We are very excited about bringing Mr. Lentz to Pickerington," historical society president Gary Taylor said. "People usually recognize him as an author or columnist, but he's also an entertaining speaker."

Tickets for the banquet are $17 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. They may be purchased with cash or check at the historical society museum, 15 E. Columbus St., which is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is always free to tour.

Dinner tickets, however, only are available through Sept 10.

Those who can't make it to the museum to purchase tickets can make dinner reservations or direct questions about the dinner to Joan Heft at (614) 837-5132.

"Everyone's welcome," Portier said. "We'll have a dinner and we'll have some music."

Additional information about the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, its museum, or a membership application may be obtained online at www.pickeringtonhistoricalsociety.com.

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