Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ron Ramey to speak on the topic of Outhouses at the Phil Sheridan Lecture Series in Somerset.

This outhouse, at the rear of the Babb House, performs "double doody."

Would you like to be "privy" to a fun filled evening?  Come to the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society's Phil Sheridan Lecture Series.  On Saturday, November 28, noted historian and former educator, Ron Ramey, will present an evening of  Appalachian history and humor as he pays homage to one of his favorite subjects, the outhouse. 

Once upon a time, these handy little gems were an integral part of the Appalachian Ohio landscape.  In fact, most people born before 1960, in rural Ohio, probably have some sort of memory or association with having had to utilize an outhouse. For the rest of us, our only point of reference may be having to experience one first hand in one of Ohio's numerous parks or rest stops.  Of course, currently, the very mention of an outhouse,  is generally met with snickers or perhaps a story about how so and so was tipped over in one.  For some obscure reason, outhouses hold a special place in the hearts of Appalachian Ohio people.  

 The lecture will be held at the Perry County District Library, Somerset Annex, near the Clay Haus, on Main St.  Ron Ramey will delight all who attend with stories, poetry, and good old fashioned 
reminiscences and history.  This lecture, as all of our lectures are free and open to all who wish to attend.  See you there! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Regretfully, due to the possibility of inclement weather, members of The Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society have chosen to cancel the 2015 Oktoberfest.  The festival, complete with heritage artisans, music, history and food, is a much-anticipated event in and around Perry County.  It is a day to celebrate the rich arts and German pioneer culture of the area and to take a day off, relax, visit, stroll the farmer’s market, and enjoy the music.  It is a charming small town event, which exemplifies the sense of community one feels within Perry County and Somerset. It is a chance to share our unique cultural heritage with others, to celebrate the accomplishments of our ancestors, and to pay homage to all who have gone before and sacrificed for the betterment of the county.  We would like to thank all of our sponsors, county officials, and the Ohio Arts Council, who have aided us in our endeavor of providing quality programming for the people of Perry County.  Furthermore, we would like to thank Perry County Historical Society members for graciously donated so very much of their time preparing for the event and the people of the county, who make the event truly spectacular by attending.  If you were planning on attending, please take the time to visit the farmer’s market in Somerset.  They will still be on hand selling local artisan foods, and other locally crafted items.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Achtung! Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 3rd!

Willkommen!  Be sure to attend the PCHCAS's annual Oktoberfest event! The free event, will commence Saturday, October 3rd, from noon until six p.m. As always, Oktoberfest will be held at the "Pigfoot Square" at the intersection of U.S. Rt. 22 and Rt. 668, in the green space adjacent to the historic, Jacob Miller Tavern, in the heart of historical Somerset, Ohio.

Come, spend the day meandering about the quaint Pigfoot Square, an original pioneer market place! We believe there is no better way to celebrate our German Appalachian cultural heritage than Oktoberfest.  Come, enjoy a special day, and watch as history comes to life through a  lively celebration, honoring the area's rich, Germanic pioneer history. The event will feature many mouth watering, authentic German foods, pioneer heritage arts/living history demonstrations, music, crafts, vendors, and of course, Perry County hospitality! Fun for all ages!