Blog Entries - 2019

International History: Spring Equinox

Posted on: March 20, 2019
Tags: druid, spring, moon, earth, Equinox, cycle

Happy Spring Equinox! As the days become longer, today marks the halfway point between the Winter and Summer Solstices when the days becomes equal to (and then longer than) the nights. The word 'equinox' deriving from the Latin for "equality between day and

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Jerrie Mock

Our History: Jerrie Mock

Posted on: March 19, 2019
Tags: airplane, aviation, Jerrie Mock, women in history, 1960s, 1964

Ever since Jerrie Mock (1925-2014) flew in a Ford Trimotor airplane at the age of 7, she had a passion for aviation. After graduating from Newark (Ohio) High School and studying engineering at Ohio State University, Jerri became a pilot. On March

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Valerie Sherwood Rask

Meet the Artist: Valerie Sherwood Rask

"Valerie Sherwood Rask creates both realistic and abstract artwork in glass. She enjoys being challenged by clientele with unusual requests. She has accomplished everything from a portrait of a pet donkey to a multi-paneled depiction of the original Lebanon

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stained glass

International History: St. Patrick's Day

Posted on: March 17, 2019
Tags: History, Saint Patrick, Saint, Catholic Church, Ireland

On this day in 1631, the Catholic Church established a Feast Day honoring St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, who'd died in the mid-400s. As the legend goes, St. Patrick's name was Maewyn Succat and when he was 16, Irish pirates attacked his family's

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Student Art Exhibition Winners

The winners of the 1st Annual Harmon Student Art Exhibition have been announced! We'd like to thank all the talented young artists that submitted their work to make the show a success. They made it a very difficult decision. The artists of the

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art by Nick Reynolds

Meet the Artist: Nick Reynolds

Posted on: March 2, 2019
Tags: art, Artist, artist, Meet, painter, painting, event, class, art class

"Nick Reynolds is a Lebanon-born artist and certified Bob Ross instructor. He started oil-painting his senior year of high school and three years later, received his certification to teach in the Bob Ross method. Beyond simply teaching students to paint, he

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Guadalcanal

Lunch & Learn: Guadalcanal

Posted on: February 26, 2019
Tags: WWII, Guadalcanal, Lunch & Learn, video

Click here to view the February 2019 Lunch and Learn. Topic: Guadalcanal - A turning point in WWII Detail: At the beginning World War II, the U.S. took a terrific beating at the hands of the Japanese Army and Navy in the Pacific. That changed on

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George Washington's Birthday

National History: Presidents Day

What would America be without George Washington? We may not speak like Doctor Who or use the Queen's currency but America's first president did a LOT for the founding of our nation. He was born on February 22nd, 1732. The day was celebrated

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Jenifer Baker

Meet the Speaker: Jenifer Baker

Jenifer Baker is the Deputy Archivist of the Warren County Records Center & Archives and will be the guest speaker at March's Lunch & Learn, "Infirmary Time Capsule." Jenifer grew up in the Middletown/Monroe area and

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Family Adventure Bingo Flyer

Event: Family Adventure Bingo

Posted on: February 19, 2019
Tags: sponsors, event, list

Family Adventure Bingo is Saturday, Feb 23rd. Click here to view the full prize list. Click here to buy tickets. We'd like to thank our sponsors. Please click the sponsor's name to be taken to their website. Acapulco Mexican Restaurant AC

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Harmon Museum Steps

We Need Your Help!

Posted on: February 16, 2019
Tags: donate, Harmon Museum, support

Harmon Museum’s front steps are falling apart and no longer safe for man or beast.  Our staff has decided to launch a campaign to raise the funds needed for repairs through donations from the public. The Warren County Historical Society which

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teddy bear

National History: The Teddy Bear

Posted on: February 15, 2019
Tags: history, teddy bear, Clifford Berryman, President, Theodore Roosevelt

On this day in 1903, the teddy bear first debuted. In November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt needed a vacation which, in the Rough Rider's case, meant hunting. On the second day, an old black bear was caught, clubbed and tied to a tree for the president

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Marcus Mote

Local History: Marcus Mote

Marcus Mote (1817-1898) was a natural born painter and photographer. For a man who never had a lesson in his life, he was remarkable. Born to a Quaker family of farmers in West Milton, Ohio. As a child, he would go into the woods to

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Dick Krehbiel

Meet the Speaker: Richard Krehbiel

Dick Krehbiel is a registered Architect with 38 years of experience in assessment and design of renovated and historic buildings. His award winning projects include Oyler School (Ohio Masonry Institute Education Design Honor Award and Preservation Award:

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Peggy Hamlin bio pic

Artist Spotlight: Peggy Hamlin

   Almost 20 years ago, Peggy Hamlin took a pottery class with her 14 year old daughter at the local YMCA. "From the moment I put my fingers into the clay…" she said, an echo of nostalgia in her tone, "I knew I didn't ever want to stop."

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David and Lora Smith (photo credit David T. Smith facebook page)

Artist Spotlight: David T. Smith

    "Through the late 70s, while working a full-time job, David began restoring and rebuilding antiques for dealers, collectors, and museums. He experimented with 'aged' painted finishes and developed a line of reproductions to market to

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Trish McLennan

Artist Spotlight: Trish McLennan

   "I had the studio before I knew what I was going to do with it.  We bought some property with an old house on it in 1998.  I knew I wanted to keep the house to use as a place to do messy crafts with my kids and

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Karan Witham-Walsh bio pic

Artist Spotlight: Karan Witham-Walsh

   "As a potter and ceramics teacher, I love being able to spread my love of handmade pottery to others.   The act of a potter expressing themselves and creatively giving a part of their personality while bringing the depth of their

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Mike and Karen Baum

Artist Spotlight: Mike Baum

Mike and his wife Karen are a husband and wife team who have been creating pottery together for over 40 years. Working in the space between utilitarian and fine art, their pottery that is not only beautiful but functional. They

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Greg Neal hard at work.

Artist Spotlight: Greg Neal

   "Greg Neal is a self-taught potter, born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio. His interest began with making pottery in high school, and he continued on as a hobby potter for several years. Greg became a full time artist over 25 years ago,

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Fred Cook bio pic

Artist Spotlight: Fred Cook

An exerpt taken from the "about me" page of his website. "...High school art class was my first formal introduction to clay work. We were handbuilding, pinchpots and slabs.  I was falling in love with it. In the industrial arts room next door there

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Greg with his wife Mary

Artist Spotlight: Greg Shooner

Posted on: January 4, 2019
Tags: art, art show, pottery, Artist, Art Exhibition, potter, ceramics, Greg Shooner

      "Continuing the traditions of American potters dating to 1630, Greg Shooner and Mary Spellmire-Shooner re-create authentic redware pottery at their Oregonia, Ohio studio.  Greg and Mary use their years of pottery experience to make a

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