BUCYRUS — The Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society recently met in the conference room at Bucyrus Public Library.
In the absence of President Ken Mast, Mary Fox asked for roll call. Don Wenner then gave his secretary’s report and Mary Lou Hastings gave the treasurer’s report.
Fox opened the business meeting, announcing that the CDs of old Gebhardt postcards are selling well. The proceeds will go to the library to help pay for repair of rolls of tapes that will be used in the new reader machine that the chapter donated $5,000 to help purchase. Board members previously had been shown the new machine by Matt Ross. The machine is operated by a computer screen and will show Bucyrus Telegraph Forum newspaper pages, wills and other documents.
Bob McGowen talked about upcoming seminars and workshops at the OGS library.
Fox reported that the files and mergers of the Methodist churches in Bucyrus are complete and will be sold on CDs.
Program chairman Kevin Kohls introduced Bill Fisher, head of the Crawford County Park District, who gave a report on what each park offers. Lowe-Volk Park has a nature center with outdoor bird feeders, nature trails and a lake, where children can fish and collect water life. Inside the building are exhibits, including a pallasite meteorite on loan.
Heckert Nature Preserve has nature trails.
Unger Park offers programs where children are introduced to different animals, including horses, alpacas, llamas and goats.
Sears Woods State Nature Preserve has nature trails with wild flowers, birds and sometimes deer.
Daughmer Prairie Savannah State Nature Preserve is the newest of the district’s parks. The natural prairie was dedicated Aug. 27 and will be the site of programs that will be held throughout the year.
Fisher showed group members bird nests, a freeze dried hummingbird and skins of various animals, including skunk, mink, raccoon, deer and badger. He also showed slides of various types of birds, lizards, salamanders, toads, a luna moth, butterflies and black squirrels that are native to the areas surrounding the parks.
Following the program, Nicolas Horsley, winner of the family history treasure hunt, was introduced. He had a notebook of his work on the genealogy of his family. Horsley won the judging at the Crawford County Fair and did a presentation at the Ohio State Fair.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Peace Lutheran Church, Galion.