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WWI Centennial Program Series Continues at the Stone Academy


This program, presented in partnership with the Muskingum County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society,  features a talk by William Kerrigan, Muskingum University Cole Distinguished Professor of American History, about WWI era music. Also featured are stories about Muskingum County soldiers who fought in The Great War as told by descendants Don Stillion, Rose Ellen Jenkins, Jackie Coolins, and Lois Freeman. 


Two People from Muskingum County You Should Know...   Rev. Cornelius Springer & Raymond Robins

Sunday, June 24th, 2:00 pm


Rev. Cornelius Springer, a name you’ve probably heard of as the founder of Meadow Farm Church and maybe that he had something to do with the Ohio State Fair. But, wait there’s more to his story. In this presentation our speaker will explore both the well known and lesser known aspects of his life. From his role in the Methodist Church to the story of his paper, The Western Recorder, and why we hear little of his views on slavery, to his passion for growing apples on his farm to some of the personal aspects of his life and the wide breath of his involvement in the community. Hope you’ll plan to join us on Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 pm at Stone Academy where  Cornelius Springer once taught school.

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Raymond Robins lived in the Stone Academy in the 1970s with his grandmother and sister,famous actress, author, and suffragette Elizabeth Robins. He was an economist and writer, an advocate of organized labor, and a promoter of diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia under the Bolsheviks. He worked as a coal miner in Colorado and Tennessee, received a law degree from George Washington University, joined the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896, converted to Christianity, and was pastor of a Congregationalist church in Nome before moving to Chicago in 1900. During WWI, he was engaged in Y.M.C.A. work and Red Cross work in France. In 1917, he headed the expedition for the American Red Cross to Russia, and worked unsuccessfully at establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia.

Speakers for the program will be Dave Boling and Mitch Taylor.

Dave Boling, a 4th great nephew of Rev. Springer, is an experienced speaker with many roots in Muskingum County and many stories to tell. More than a family history, he will share from his years of research into the life of Rev. Springer and his many connections and contributions to Muskingum County and beyond. Dave retired from State Auto Insurance in 2015 and more recently from the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church where he led the Imagine No Malaria fund raising campaign for the Conference. Dave is a member of Muskingum County History, a former board member at Lakeside Chautauqua, and now volunteers as a Hospice volunteer and as a tour guide at the Ohio State House.  Dave lives in Columbus with his wife Anita; they have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Mitch Taylor, a retired pharmacist, is currently serving as volunteer curator for Muskingum County History.  As a long-time MCH Trustee, Mitch has written many articles about local history and edits the Muskingum Journal and Historically Speaking. He has been a featured speaker for many local history related events including the 200th Anniversary of the Stone Academy, the Ohio Hill County Heritage Association, and the Zanesville 1810 Project. 



      Sunday, October 21st, 2:00 pm 

at the John McIntire Library Auditorium


An Author Talk/Book Signing

Featuring Bob Hunter, author of Thurberville. 

Last October Pam  Kirst presented the story of Eva Prout Geiger, including her romantic involvement with author/humorist James Thurber. This  October we follow-up that story with an author talk/book signing featuring Bob Hunter, author of Thurberville.


At the Dr. Increase Mathews House ... 

         Saturday, July 7th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Special “Putnam Hop” Event at the Mathews House featuring garden and museum tours, a  concert on the lawn featuring the John Glenn High School Steel Drums, and free snow cones. More details coming soon.