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Richmond Memorial Day parade plans being made

NEW ADDITION — A collection of the Yellow Jacket newspapers from the former Jefferson Union High School, dated from the years 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1969, constitutes a new acquisition for the Richmond Community Historical Society’s JU memorabilia room, located on the second floor of the Crew House Museum on Main Street. Looking over the newspapers donated by Karen Engle Hill are historical society officers, from left, Wendy Byers, treasurer; Sandy Judy, secretary; and Phil Judy. president. The donation was among items discussed at the historical society’s March meeting along with making plans for Richmond Memorial Day parade on May 31. -- Janice Kiaski

RICHMOND — A longtime tradition of Richmond returns this year as the Richmond Community Historical Society is moving forward with sponsorship and organizational planning for the annual Memorial Day parade.

Last year’s event was one of many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year marks a comeback as historical society members voted unanimously to proceed with it.

The decision came during the society’s meeting held in the Richmond United Methodist Church fellowship hall with 18 members attending.

President Phil Judy conducted the meeting, leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and in observing a moment of silence in memory of member Jean Sheets, who died Nov. 14.

Judy noted the county health department and village council have given the historical society the OK to hold the parade that will begin at 11 a.m. on May 31. Wendy Byers and Donna Corder will serve as co-chairs of the parade, the theme of which will be “Service to Country and Community.” The Richmond Lions Club will be the grand marshal.

Letters were to be sent to past parade participants about being a part of the 2021 celebration.

After the meeting, Judy commented the Richmond residents will look forward to the parade and added that Richmond veterans “definitely deserve our efforts.”

In other business, the minutes of the group’s last meeting, which was held in October, were read by Sandy Judy, secretary. Byers gave the treasurer’s report.

The historical society received a letter from H. Lee Kinney, a trustee with the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation, for discretionary funds totaling $1,500. he money will go toward remaining expenses related to air conditioning for the Crew House Museum on Main Street. Applause followed for Kinney followed the announcement.

Dates were established for summer open houses at the museum, which will be held on the second and fourth Sunday of June, July and August. The times will be from noon to 4 p.m. The dates are June 13 and 27; July 11 and 25; and Aug. 8 and 22.

Members were reminded that annual dues of $5 were being accepted.

The historical society will help pay the fee to have a Porta-John at the gazebo area.

Phil Judy noted the historical society is continuing to accept material for the 20th Century Richmond history book although little has been submitted.

The project was officially launched last summer with an invitation extended to people “to dig through your old photos, flip through your albums and check those slide carousels to find photos that show Richmond scenes, Memorial Day parades, buildings and people from the 20th century.”

Photos should show identifiable people and buildings from the Richmond area from 1900 through 1999. The photos will be included online in a photo gallery and may appear in book form when published by the historical society.

The historical society has identified the need to create a third Richmond history book since the first and second ones were done in 1976 and 1986. There also is a need to record and preserve the more recent history of Richmond from the 20th century before the knowledge of the people from this timespan is lost and forgotten, according to the historical society officers.

The goal of the third Richmond history book is to capture the history of its people between 1900-2000 through two World Wars, the Great Depression and the second half of the 20th century, ultimately providing a visual record of the village during the 1900s for future generations.

Documented photos can be submitted digitally through the Crew House Museum website at crewhouse.weebly.com.

Community members are asked to submit photos by using the Google form submission link. Each submission will ask for the who, when, where and what of the photo’s story. By submitting the photo online, the person submitting the photo also is giving written permission for the historical society to use the photographs on its website and in any future books to be published.

There also is an option for people to donate originals or copies or photos to be submitted for digital scanning.

The photos and information can be sent to the historical society at P.O. Box 1, Richmond OH 43944. Having information about the photos submitted and the people in them identified is important, the officers had noted previously.

The next meeting will be held May 18 at 7 p.m. at a location to be announced.

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