The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society this weekend will seek to bring history to life with character re-enactors portraying people who played significant roles in shaping the local community.

The historical society will host its first Afternoon at the Museum event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum, 15 E. Columbus St.

The event is free and open to all ages.

It will offer opportunities for the public to tour the museum, as well as hear from re-enactors portraying Pickerington's founding father Abraham Pickering, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and others who contributed to the community's heritage.

"This is the first one we've done," said Peggy Portier, Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society president. "We wanted to get a more interactive way for people to learn about the history of the people who lived here."

Every 20 minutes, guests can watch or take part in show-and-tell skits about former residents.

Those activities will be led by John Cooper, who will portray Pickerington's founder, Pickering, and Ralph Portier, who will play Carnegie, whose $10,000 grant allowed for the building and furnishing of the Carnegie Library that now is home to the historical society's museum.

Greg Taylor, will play the role of his grandfather, W.B. "Doc" Taylor, and help guests to experience early-20th century medicine and community involvement.

Kevin Wetherell will play the role of his grandfather, Ray Wetherell, who founded Wetherell Dairy in 1928.

Deb Boerema will portray longtime Pickerington postmistress and local artifact collector, Cleo Mason Richter, and Pickerington High School Central student Miriah Gabel will play Anna Milnor Young, who spent 42 years as a local teacher.

"This will allow guests to experience more than just coming in and looking around," Peggy Portier said.

"People can come in, watch the performances and talk to the characters, or they can go at their own pace and walk around the museum."

While re-enactments are taking place inside the museum, there will be complimentary refreshments in the lower level and "Touch-and-Learn" exhibits, such as vintage typewriters, checkers games and animal pelts.

"It's free and it's a fun and an interactive way to learn about local history," Peggy Portier said.

Additional details about Afternoon at the Museum and the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society can be found at