COSHOCTON -- July is the month for vacationing. We leave home and head for hills, ocean or foreign shore.

They've worked hard and now is our time to play.

But not all who vacate home are headed for places of rest and recreation. Beggars, Hobos and Gypsies is the topic for the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum's Our Town Stories discussion on July 12.

In hard times like the 1930s, unemployed people had little choice but to turn to the "job" of beggar or hobo.

One day your neighbor might jump a freight train seeking work in the city or on a farm. When that work was over, he'd hop another train heading toward an additional opportunity for work. Gypsies, in contrast, brought their homes with them. Were there actually groups of Romani people here in Coshocton, or was that just a name given to families who lived a Bohemian lifestyle? How different is Coshocton County today than it was 60, 80 years ago?

Share your stories and find out more on Thursday, July 12 at noon. Our Town Stories is an informal time of reminiscing about life in Coshocton 50 or more years ago. In this short hour, history comes alive with stories of real drama, humor and sorrow.

The discussion is always informative, fun and surprising. Museum staff will lead a craft for children during the second half of the meeting.

Free beverages and cookies will be provided, and admission for the program is free.

Our Town Stories is presented on the second Thursday of each month. August's topic is Campgrounds and Lake Park Pavilion.

For information, contact the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum at 740-622-8710 or

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812.

Museum hours May through October are noon to 5 p.m. daily.