The celebration of a dream came to life with a grand opening banquet Friday, May 29, at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center in Newcomerstown.
The dream was that of the late Barbara Scott, long-time president of the Newcomerstown Historical Society, who wanted to create a museum that could also be a social hub for the community, serving as a facility for meetings, banquets and reunions.
Vane Scott, Barbara's husband, gave a brief history of the historical society and local museums, saying the Olde Main Street Museum "is her legacy to future generations of her hometown."
Ray McFadden served as master of ceremonies for the event. McFadden, along with Vane Scott, Denny Ross, Jim Edwards and members of the Newcomerstown Rotary Club, put in literally thousands of hours to create the shops along the Main Street thorofare inside the museum.
Ross made some remarks about the creation of the museum, saying, "Me and Vane kind of got started out in the bar and were there about a week or two ..." Actually, Ross was referring to the Sam Douglas Saloon which is part of the Main Street recreation.
"Then we got Ray McFadden involved, and that was his mistake," Ross said. He added that many people donated many hours to the project, mentioning local contractor Donnie Brown and Dick McCoy of Eureka-Orme Hardware as among those donating towards the project.
McFadden also led a remembrance for Barbara Scott.
"It was Barbara Scott who had a great deal with taking this project to the next level," he said. "Tonight, I especially wanted to mention her name. We miss her. We miss her being here every day... Let's dedicate ourselves tonight to continue her work in the same vein."
Mary Watts, the current president of the historical society, talked about the quality of the work done by the volunteers and also thanked the volunteers who help man the museums in Newcomerstown.
Also speaking at the event were Kerry Metzger and Chris Abbuhl, Tuscarawas County commissioners; Newcomerstown Mayor Steve Guy; Newcomerstown council members Earl McCormick, Derek Hickman and Janet Bush; Dee Grossman of the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Don Norman; Greg Bowman, president of the Newcomerstown Rotary Club; and Marlene Ross of the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to Mrs. Watts, other officers of the Newcomerstown Historical Society are: McFadden, vice president; Don Fenton, treasurer; and Ellen Pickrell, secretary. McFadden is joined by Dennis Belle and Pat Cadle on the society's Board of Directors.