A busy spring is right around the corner for the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, starting off with the society's museum opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5.
The museum is in the historic former Carnegie Library building, 15 E. Columbus St. in Olde Pickerington Village.
Museum hours will be the same on every following Saturday through December. The museum closes temporarily for the winter.
Newly-appointed President Peggy Portier said there are several changes in store for this season, all to make the museum more user-friendly and accessible.
"We've changed the gift shop and moved the display case for more access to items and gifts," Portier said.
"Some of the other changes are internal, we changed the way we store things in the museum," she said.
She said other changes include the introduction of several "Touch and Learn" exhibits, which will provide opportunities for guests of all ages to experience history with a "hands-on" approach.
Activities include typing on a manual typewriter, building with Lincoln logs or using 20th-century household goods and tools.
A new reference section has been installed near the entrance of the museum, giving guests easier access to photos, books and periodicals for research.
Portier said special exhibits are being expanded this year, beginning in April with "The Women of Pickerington."
"It will feature several prominent women in the Pickerington area and their lives," Portier said.
The society's first membership meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 3 in the Carnegie Building.
It will include a presentation by Mary Rogers and Stephanie Van Horn, daughters of a World War II army nurse, the late Sally Durrett Farmer.
Farmer, a longtime resident of Fairfield County, spent three years as a POW in the Santo Tomas Interment Camp in the Japanese-occupied Philippine Islands.
Although she died in 2003, her daughters continue to share her story of perseverance and courage.
The program is free and open to the public.
Also on the horizon is the "Chocolate Hop" presented by the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association, scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 in downtown Pickerington.
The museum is open in conjunction with the event, becoming a busy stop on the hop route.
"This is the fourth year, last year we sold out of tickets," Portier said.
"For a $5 donation, you get a map of all the places that will give each (participant) a little chocolate treat," she said, adding proceeds from the event go to benefit the PCMA Food Pantry.
For bargain and artifact hunters, the historical society will hold a two-day "Museum Yard Sale" from 6 to 8 p.m. June 5 and 6.
The society is on the lookout for donations for the yard sale and will be accepting items such as books, DVDs and collectibles.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Historical Society Museum.
The historical society is always looking for new members and volunteers to help run the events, Portier said.
For those interested in getting involved, a volunteer training session will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Historical Museum.
To learn more about the historical society, call 614-382-5989.