Members of the Newcomerstown Historical Society recently met at the Temperance Museum community room for their monthly meeting and to discuss their plans for upcoming events that will be taking place soon.

One of the highlights for the historical society this year will be the official grand opening of Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center which will take place on Saturday, May 30. The ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for noon with the American Legion having a firing salute at 2 p.m.

There will be live entertainment and free refreshments provided.

Coming later this month, a chicken dinner is also being planned for April 25. See any historical society member for ticket information.

At the April historical society meeting, members received a preview of a newly-designed information brochure, as well as an advertising magnet promoting the Olde Main Street and Social Center and the Temperance Tavern Museum.

Historical society member Ray McFadden said there are several new displays being planned for Olde Main Street and Social Center and will soon be presented to the public. Among the new displays are a Depression glass collection, Brides of the World doll collection and a Japanese kimono display. McFadden also informed members that several relics from the old Newcomerstown Produce Company that had been donated by George Everhart last year, and have been in storage, are now being utilized in the Olde Main Street bank display.

The Temperance Museum will officially open to the public on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25).

Historical Society President Mary Watts thanked members for their participation in the recent spring cleaning, painting and wall papering at the museum. Several rooms have had new wallpaper and an "Early American" stencil type wallpaper border applied.

Some of the wallpaper had not been changed since the museum opened in the early 1970s and the new wallpaper and border have made a dramatic improvement. Displays have been re-arranged, and several antique dresses and accessories that have been in storage and never viewed by the public are now on display.

The election of historical society officers for 2009 is planned for the next meeting, May 13.

The society is always looking for new members to join. Members meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The dues are $10 per year. Volunteers, men and women, are also needed to assist with future projects, so anyone having some free time that would like to just help out but do not wish to join the historical society are also welcome. The museum is also looking for historical items and personal collections that can be donated or loaned to the museum for future displays.

For further information, call Watts at 498-8588, or Marlene Ross at 498-8561.