Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Glenford Fort Hike

Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society, ARC of Appalachia, and Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District invite you to the Glenford Fort Hike on July 9th. Guest speaker will be Dr. Bradley Lepper. Online registration available at

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Opera Houses in Appalachia

The Perry County Historical & Cultural Arts Society, The Perry County District Library, Little Cities of Black Diamonds, and The Tecumseh Theater Present Dr. William Condee's Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia. The event will be Saturday, May 7, at 6:30pm. See flyer for more details.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Glenford Fort Hike

The Glenford Fort Hike will be held on July 9, and registration is now open. The cost of the event is a suggested donation of $10, which will be collected on site. The donation is to offset the cost of a hot lunch, which is prepared over an open fire within the fort. More information in the flyer below.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Appalachian Health Care 1900's Presentation a Success

Over 55 people attended the presentation on February 27 at the New Lexington, Perry County Senior Center.  Participants learned from Karen Newlon, RN  how resourceful Appalachians were with their health care in the past.  They saw a poultice made, all had a chance to shake a jar of whipping cream into butter, and lastly what was stress in the 1900's is the not the stress we experience today!

Networking followed the program as everyone enjoyed the light refreshments provided by the members.  Persons attended from Athens, Vinton, Hocking and Franklin, Muskingum, Licking, and Fairfield Counties.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016


The Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society is more than pleased to announce that Perry County’s own, Joseph Snider, will speak on the topic From the Shenandoah to the Ohio: the Trans-Appalachian Journey of Randolph Mitchell as part of the Phil Sheridan Lecture Series. The lecture will commence at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, January 30, at the Perry County District Library, Somerset Annex. This lecture is provided free of charge for all who wish to attend.

Although the focus of Mr. Snider’s talk will primarily concentrate on the experience of famed New Reading, Perry County pioneer, Randolph Mitchell (1796 -1847), and his personal experiences as an early 19th century migrant to the Northwest Territory, many of the same realities and hardships were experienced by the countless other brave individuals who courageously traversed through an unknown wilderness in an effort to make Ohio their home.

Joseph E.B. Snider is an archaeologist and researcher at the Randolph Mitchell House Rediscovery Project. Mr. Snider grew up in Somerset, Ohio, graduated with an AAS in archaeology from Hocking College in 2013, and is currently pursuing a BS in the same field at the Ohio State University. For over five years, he has worked in the field for a variety of CRM firms, historical societies, including the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society, and house museums. Most recently, as an archaeological field assistant for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's Archaeology Department at Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The previously scheduled lecture, Appalachian History and Culture, by Peggy Calestro and Julia Calestro McDonald, was canceled. For additional information, please contact John and Judy McGaughey at 740-987-4862 or via e-mail at