105 East Wheeling Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Sherman House Museum
137 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
P: 740-687-5891 or 740-654-9923
3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
$35 per ticket, reservations required
The theme is Christmas greeting cards, with Karen Heath as our guest speaker. We'll serve scones and finger sandwiches, cookies and candies, and lots of specially brewed Christmas tea.
EXHIBIT TELLS BIS STORY
The Georgian Museum, Oct. 26 through Dec. 21
Open 1-4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
Exhibit included when you buy a ticket to tour the museum
“Echoes from the Hill” brings together a unique collection of artifacts saved during the 123-year history of the institution best known as the Boys’ Industrial School.
Among the items on display are photos, crafts and tools made by students, signs and even paperwork on BIS’s most famous resident, the boy who grew up to become Bob Hope.
The exhibit is a joint production of the volunteers who care for the BIS Museum, led by Mike Tharp and Cindy Hillis, and the Fairfield Heritage Association, which owns and operates the Georgian Museum. It serves not only to tell the story of the institution but also to raise interest in creating a permanent home for the BIS Museum.
The collection had been housed in the former BIS administration building but was moved when the building was condemned.
Founded as the Ohio Reform School Farm in 1856, the institution was renamed the Boys’ Industrial School in 1885. The name changed again in 1964 to the Fairfield School for Boys. It was closed in 1979, and many of the buildings have been torn down.
Copies of the book "Echoes from the Hill"
may be purchased in the Georgian Museum shop
for $38.50 plus tax.
A JOYOUS CELEBRATION
6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
The Fairfield Heritage Association’s annual Candlelight Tour, set for Saturday, Dec. 13, promises “A Joyful Celebration.”
This community celebration - the 36th -- is a guided walking tour of seven historic churches on candlelit paths in downtown Lancaster. Each church will present its own uniquely festive 15-minute music program. The tour runs from 6 until about 9:30.
The evening opens classic Christmas music by the bell choir at First Presbyterian Church and bluegrass gospel music by the band “Prospect Hill” at Mills Memorial Church.
The tour will end at First United Methodist Church where the Chancel Choir will the bluesy “Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child,” followed by a country/bluegrass-flavored arrangement of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.” The audience will then be invited to stand and join in the singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
In between, guests will visit:
• St. John’s Episcopal Church
• Emanuel Lutheran Church
• St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
• First English Lutheran Church
Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 the day of the tour. Tickets for children under 12 are $3.
Tour goers are advised to wear comfortable shoes, dress warmly and bring a flashlight. A van will be provided for those who have difficulty walking. Please contact the FHA office in advance if you will need to ride the van.