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VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Museum is looking for supporters. Nearly 45 percent of the museum’s yearly operational costs are generated by donations and memberships. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact the Van Wert County Historical Society.

The museum opened its doors for the 2014 season on Sunday, March 9. The museum grounds will be open each Sunday from 2-4:30 p.m. through the month of November. This season the historical society is working together with students from Vantage Career Center and Van Wert High School. These groups will be busy this spring, interviewing local community members and researching items in the museum to help create Smart Phone interactive tours. Be on the lookout for specially marked barcodes situated in each of the buildings this summer.

The 2014 program offers events and activities for all ages and interests. Visitors can spend the afternoon of March 30 with Judy Fisher, presenting the program, “Vietnam Today.” On May 18, Larry Schaufelberger will help with genealogy research with a program called “Find a Grave.”

Summers are always a busy time at the museum complex, and this year is no exception. July 4th offers the annual Holiday at Home festivities as well as the annual bike tour. In July, climb aboard for the Railroad Heritage Weekend at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. To end the summer, enter a antique tractor in the John Amundson Crossroads of America Antique Tractor Ride in August.

Fall activities include a Sept. 14 presentation on the history of Cooper Farms. On Oct. 5, support the museum by purchasing a chicken barbecue meal at the Fall Fest.

December is a festive time at the museum. Stop by and have a gander at the holiday decorations. Stop by in late November for the lighting of the museum. The festive decorations make the perfect backdrop for special holiday pictures. The historical society always welcomes groups. Contact Dean Williamson at (419) 238-7737 to set up a personalized tour. Remember the annex is also a great place for small groups to hold meetings. Additional information is available at the historical society’s website,