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Monroeville to celebrate 150 years with historical demonstrations, ghost walk

Cary Ashby • May 14, 2018 at 9:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — George Washington and Abraham Lincoln will help Monroeville celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend.

The Monroeville Historical Committee has activities planned at Clark Park and Riverside Cemetery for the village to celebrate its sesquicentennial Saturday.

Also starting Saturday residents can purchase “Monroeville, Ohio … Early Years,” which chronicles events back to 1817. Advance order forms for the $20 book are available at the village office, 2 S. Main St., Monroeville, or the Monroeville Public Library, 34 Monroe St.

“The book is at the printer right now,” said Diane Meyer, head of the Monroeville Historical Committee.

The front cover features the wooden plaque of the village seal created by committee member Jim Herner. The plaque hangs in the village hall.

“He’s very, very talented,” Meyer said. “It’s our seal and is on all of our village trucks.”

For shipping information on the book, email Diane Meyer at dianemeyer@frontier.com.

Saturday’s celebration starts at noon at Clark Park, where historical interpreters will provide living history discussions and demonstrations which represent various periods of American history.

“We will have an artillery demonstration,” Meyer said.

The park will close from 2 to 5 p.m. during the program at Riverside Cemetery. Vermilion bagpipes player Aiden Day will provide the entrance music at 2, followed by the introduction of the master of ceremonies, Huron County Commissioner Terry Boose. 

History enthusiast Eric Ebinger will share stories about Abraham Lincoln, who will make an appearance when portrayed by John King, and will deliver remarks and the Gettysburg Address. The first president, George Washington (Dale Fellows), also will come to Riverside Cemtery to speak to the crowd.

Meyer, also the president of the Huron County Genealogical Society, heard Ebinger speak during the annual banquet about President Teddy Roosevelt.

“Eric does a wonderful job,” Meyer said. “I love his stories. We hired him for that; he did a great job.” 

Also at the cemetery Saturday will be a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of each major war by volunteers dressed in period uniforms.

Carlyle Smith will perform music at 5 p.m. at Clark Park.

The Ohio Paranormal Scientific Society will host a ghost walk at 8:30 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery. Luminaries will line the cemetery road. No vehicles will be permitted inside the gates.

“People can bring flashlights or lanterns to the ghost walk. This will last approximately 1 1/2 hours, so be aware that you will be standing and walking the entire time,” Meyer said.

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