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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

Historical Society unveils new attraction

VW independent/submitted information

The summer keeps chugging along at the Van Wert County Historical Society. On the Fourth of July, the group unveiled its newest attraction: the CVW & MRR Children’s Railroad, which was donated to the museum by Indiana native David Encarta.

The new children's train at the Van Wert County Historical Museum. (photo submitted)
The new children’s train at the Van Wert County Historical Museum. (photo submitted)

With the help of The Building and Grounds program at Vantage Career Center, the Van Wert County Engineering Department and the Historical Society’s own Model Train Group — Keith Collins, Jan Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lee, Tom Mantie, Shawn Robenault, Phil Sanfilippo, Bill Stanley, Pat Waltz, Chuck White, and Kim Zinn — buildings were built then moved, tracks laid, and the engine oiled. The train will be accepting young passengers every Sunday from 2-4:30 p.m., as well as by special appointment.

The Historical Society still has many exciting activities coming up this summer.

On August 6, the Jon Amundson Antique Tractor Ride will be taking to the roads in southern Van Wert County. There is still time to enter a tractor or book a seat for a ride in the Society’s wagon. Cost is $20 for tractor riders and $10 for wagon riders. Contact Ray Etzler, 11277 Union Pleasant Road in Van Wert. Forms are also posted on the Van Wert Historical Society’s Facebook page.

As the weather cools and fall settles in, keep October 8 open for the Historical Society’s annual chicken fundraiser dinner. The society operates with 100 percent volunteers, donations, and grants, and works hard to keep all of its activities family friendly and free.

The organization needs local support, so consider becoming a member of the Van Wert Historical Society or purchasing dinner tickets. Contact the society at 419.771.9851 or leave a message on its Facebook page for details.

Members are invited to a free private Isaac Van Wart Birthday Party on October 23. Members should check their mailboxes around fair time for details.

POSTED: 08/03/16 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles