Created on Friday, 22 March 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Wagner, Reames inducted into hall of fame
Editor’s Note: The Logan County Historical Society provided a updated list after press time Friday of volunteers with 15 or more hours of service in 2012. About 22 of the 39 volunteers listed attended the society’s appreciation dinner Thursday at Chattan Loch Bistro & Public House, 212 E. Columbus Ave. Two additional volunteers working through grant programs were also recognized.
Author Elizabeth Andrew said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
Volunteers (and their hours of service) include:
Pat Swanson, 304.5
ABOVE: Logan County Museum Curator Todd McCormick, right, presents David Wagner with a plaque Thursday signifying his induction into the Logan County Historical Society's hall of fame. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: David Wagner, Logan County Historical Society president, in train conductor garb, shows a group of volunteers the train ornaments he plans to use to decorate a Christmas tree at the Logan County Transportation Museum now under construction. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | T.J. HUBBARD)
Nearly two dozen people were recognized Thursday evening for the whole-hearted efforts and service they gave to the Logan County Historical Society in 2012 during a complimentary dinner at Chattan Loch Bistro & Public House, 212 E. Columbus Ave.
The group, which collectively donated nearly 2,200 hours, performed a number of important tasks from serving as docents and Christmas decorators to building wooden display cases and restoring a 1920s-era biplane, Logan County Museum Curator Todd McCormick told the crowd.
Board member Karen Beasley gave an update on the progress of the $3-million Logan County Transportation Museum project.
Ms. Beasley said work remains on schedule and that even the minor problems encountered thus far have had a favorable twist. She said about six feet of brick installed after the existing museum was built will need replaced, but the new brick closely matches the original.
The architect noted that concrete footers are expected to be poured in about two weeks.
O.K. Reames and David Wagner — the society’s first and current presidents, respectively — were inducted into the organization’s hall of fame.
Mr. Reames helped organize the society in 1930 and served as its president that year and also in 1935, 1945-47 and 1952. The local historian and grocer wrote a still-used history of Zanesfield and directed a traveling pageant about the Northwest Territory that gained national attention.
President Wagner has also given decades of service to the society, beginning in 1979. The former Examiner editor was involved with the fundraising campaign in the mid-1980s that allowed the group to purchase the Orr Mansion and relocate from its west Chillicothe Avenue location.
“I’ve been thinking how remarkable this (transportation museum) project is, ” Mr. Wagner said, after donning a conductor’s hat and gloves.
“It’s just a little different,” he said, acknowledging the non-profit’s good fortune in securing a large grant and generous outside donations to fund the new museum.
“This group is the core of our organization,” Wagner noted.
“Thanks to everyone for what you have done and continue to do ... It’s been a great ride and we’re almost there.”