The Washington County Historical Society held its annual Pioneer Day Community Dinner at the historic Lafayette Hotel, Sunday evening, April 7, on the 225th birthday of the founding of Marietta.
Presided over by WCHS President, Kenneth Finkel, close to 100 people attended with the attendee coming from the farthest distance was Mr. Hughes from West Palm Beach, Fla., in town visiting family who attended with him.
A most enjoyable meal and social evening at the Hotel Lafayette was enhanced by the keynote speaker, David McKain, president of the Oil, Gas & Industrial Historical Association, in Parkersburg. McKain spoke about the 1859 Henderson Hall Plantation Mansion in Williamstown. His topic, "The Women Of Henderson Hall," taught us new and interesting highlights of the many generations of women born and reared in this most historic mansion; their lifestyle, interests, and contributions.
The Washington County Historical Society wishes to sincerely thank the generous Marietta merchants, businesses, WCHS members and friends-of-WCHS for their donations to this year's silent auction: Peoples' News, Putnam Chocolates, Riverview Antiques, Lafayette Hotel, The Cooks' Shop, American Flags & Poles, Settlers' Bank, Barking Dogs Books & Art, Over The Moon Pizzeria, Original Pizza Place, Weber's Grocery Store, H. Rietz & Co., Peoples' Bank, Marietta Office Supply, Pier I, 'The Castle', Sweetapple Farm, Henry Fearing House Museum, Today's Hair Studio, Ohio State University Sports Office, The Honorable Mayor Joe Matthews, Scott Britton, Professional Artist Michael Dickinson, Professional Master Woodcrafters (brothers) Mark and Mike Davis, 'Brooks' and Beverly Harper, Mary Alice Hoffman, Mary Jo Hutchinson, Kurt Ludwig, Carol McConnell, Debbie 'Crump' Nations, Councilman Harley Noland, Allan and Carol Norris, Gretchen Otto, Donna Pritchett, Professional Fabrics Artist Janice Uhl, Author Lynne Sturdevant, Judy Van Dyk, Author Dianne W. Vezza, and Glen Wolfe.
The monies from the silent auction will be applied to the WCHS Project Funds earmarked to replace the roof on our 1859 Putnam Villa 'Anchorage' which will one day serve as archives, offices, and museum for the Washington County Historical Society. Anyone wishing to financially assist the WCHS with this expensive roof replacement may do so by mailing your check to the Washington County Historical Society, P.O. Box 103, Marietta, Ohio, 45750. We thank you in advance for your interest and support.
Gretchen Otto and
Dianne W. Vezza,
Co-coordinators silent auction