God bless the Dayton Heritage Museum Board. Since opening in 2013, Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum has been blessed by the hard work and diligence of seven people, all determined to make the museum a destination worthy of the treasure trove of all things Dayton graciously donated by former Dayton realtor and city historian, Charlie Tharp. Every Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon, these individuals can be found archiving, sorting, organizing and setting up displays.
But the crowds of visitors they had hoped for have never lived up to the expectations of those efforts. In search of answers to this problem, it was soon discovered that by having Charlie Tharp's name attached to the building, many Dayton citizens assumed that the museum was owned and funded by Charlie. So being the selfless and amazing person that he is, Charlie agreed to relinquish his name from the building facade for the sake of increased memberships and volunteers, hence the re-dedication ceremony.
On Saturday, January 28, a group of 50+ gathered to help usher in a new era for the museum, and to greet and honor Charlie Tharp for all he has done for us. After a 10 a.m. introduction by board member Tina Neyer, Mayor Virgil Boruske spoke and he thanked Charlie and welcomed everyone in attendance. This was followed by a speech by Campbell County Genealogical and Historical Society member Marvin Record about the importance of preserving Dayton's rich history for our kids and our kids kids.
Among notables in attendance were: Mayor Boruske and all members of city council, Jeff Weimer and Marvin Record of Campbell County Genealogical and Historical Society, Jim Vice of St. Francis Cemetery, local film maker Cam Miller, Robin Gee of Bellevue-Dayton Sun (what a nice lady), and many members of the Tharp Family. Oh......and Slush Puppie!
After the presentation of a plaque to Charlie by board member Elmer Perry, the ribbon cutting by Charlie and Mayor Boruske took place and the crowd returned inside for a tour of the museum. Other activities included: Mug Shots and photo-ops with Slush Puppie, information about membership and volunteer opportunities, a brief History of Dayton and announcement of Poem and Mural Design Contests by Tina Neyer, kids activities by Catherine Hamilton Hicks and a History of St. Francis Cemetery by Jim Vice.
Speaking of membership and volunteer opportunities, it is through these efforts that the museum board hopes to generate revenue and renewed interest in seeing to it that the museum is here for generations to come. Yearly Memberships are only $12.50, Family Memberships are $25 and Lifetime Memberships are $200. Membership and Volunteer forms will be available at Dayton Heritage Museum and the Dayton City Building.
Slideshow photos courtesy of Jeff Weimer
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