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SV Historical Society plans open house, chicken barbecue

With bells on

PHOTO PROVIDED Bells pictured left to right: Bull Run School Bell in the belfry; Sugar Valley High School Bell taken from 1910 building; Emanuel Reformed Church Bell from Greenburr; bell from the old Loganton Schoolhouse.

LOGANTON — Every September since the dedication of the Sugar Valley Historical Society Museum in 2012, the Sugar Valley Historical Society has celebrated National Museum Day by hosting an open house and chicken barbecue.

This year will be no exception.

Bring your family and friends and join the Sugar Valley Historical Society at this 8th annual event. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Historical Society is located at 1756 Bull Run Road located 2 miles southwest of Loganton off Route 477 in the village of Bull Run.

The chicken barbecue meal includes: Chicken leg and thigh, baked beans, applesauce, soda or water, and homemade cake. You may enjoy eating the picnic lunch on site or you may wish to take-out. The price of the meal is $9.

One of the society’s major fundraisers is the annual raffle ticket drawing. There are 50 items which were donated by the community. The cost of each ticket is $5. Only 500 tickets are being sold. The drawing will be held at 1 p.m.

Those in attendance may tour the restored, one-room Bull Run School and Museum free of charge. The school was originally called the Sugar Grove School and was built in 1899 and closed in 1955. It was the last one-room school in Sugar Valley to close. The museum was finished being built and dedicated in 2012.

Want to go to school again? Old kitchen utensils, a “Baker’s Dozen,” will be on display in the Bull Run School. Each of the 13 utensils will have a number and contestants will be given a numbered paper to write their answers on. The winner will be awarded with a historical gift.

Since the opening of the museum, over 1,500 local artifacts have been placed in inventory. Some of the more recent items placed on display include: the communion set from the dismantled St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tylersville, two tapestries from the Logan House (note: the Logan House burned in the 1918 Loganton fire), the bell from the dismantled Emanuel Reformed Church in Greenburr, and a bell from the old Loganton Schoolhouse. These two bells, along with the bell from the dismantled Sugar Valley High School building built in 1910 and the intact Bull Run School, will be rung prior to the “Baker’s Dozen” contest winner and the raffle ticket drawing at 1 p.m.

Also, at the event, the following publications are being offered by the historical society: William C. Meyer Civil War Letters Book, Prince and Paupers Book, Sugar Valley High School and Elementary Yearbooks (Various Years), Sugar Valley 175th Anniversary Book, Sugar Valley 175th Anniversary Cookbook, Sugar Valley 125th and 150th Anniversary Book (Combined Reprint), Sugar Valley Historical Society T-Shirt (Bull Run School Print).

This year, concurrent with our annual day event, the Clinton County commissioners have proclaimed the month of September 2019 as Clinton County Museum Month. The Sugar Valley Historical Society has joined together with five other museums in Clinton County to offer a free “Passport” and you can participate in a fun and educational project during the month of September and have a chance to win special prizes!

For example, you could win a 30-minute airplane ride over Clinton County, a night stay-for-two in a 1941 vintage restored caboose, and more! Prize winners will be drawn during the first week of October. So, you can also take this day as an opportunity to pick up a free Passport. For additional information, you may visit the Sugar Valley Historical Society website at: www.svhistory.org.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following officers: Grady Leiter (570-725-3498); John Carey (570-725-3041); or Helen Imes (570-725-2624).

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