The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society recently received a $3,761 grant from the Fairfield County Foundation for the installation of protective wood blinds at its museum in the Old Carnegie Library, 15 E. Columbus St. in downtown Pickerington.
Historical Society President Peggy Portier said the 2.5-inch faux wood blinds will help preserve the museum's collection of historic artifacts and memorabilia as well as make the facility more visually appealing.
"We've got really old curtains that don't block out the ultraviolet rays. The blinds are a real improvement because ultraviolet light is a bad thing for a museum," Portier said.
Last year, the historical society installed similar light-reducing blinds in the lower level of the museum for about $2,200.
"We paid for the lower level ourselves. The upper level has more windows, so it's a bigger project," she said.
The society also is in the midst of planning its 28th Annual Founders' Day festivities, which will feature Steve Ball, a Columbus-based Civil War historian and performer, as well as a traditional, full-course dinner.
The Founders' Day Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.
The event is open to the public, at a cost of $25 per person. Reservations are required by Sept. 12.
Appearing in full Union Army regalia, Ball will perform Civil War-era songs using one of several vintage instruments from the period.
"(Ball's) vintage guitars are still in their original cases. He also tells stories of how the songs came to be written. It should be pretty entertaining," Portier said.
The event is being held in conjunction with the Fairfield County Civil War 150 Alliance, of which the historical society is a member.
"This is another one of our events to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War," Portier said.
Ball will perform rousing patriotic pieces, silly marches, songs of long-lost love and tragic melodies.
The full-course dinner includes chicken piccata, baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salads, rolls, beverages and dessert.
The Founders' Day Banquet also serves as the historical society's primary fundraiser for the year.
Those interested can reserve their seats by mailing guest names with a check of the appropriate amount to: Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, P.O. Box 732, Pickerington, Ohio 43147.
For additional information, call 614-382-5989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.