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Date: July 3,
the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency -
Ohio Historical Area:
Major Upgrade for the Johnston Farm
Forty years ago this spring the
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency museum was opened. Nobody
anticipated 5,000 student visits each year, a variety of
programs and dinners, not to mention the growing number of
public visitors each year enjoying the museum. All of these
visitors, as well as an increased focus on Ohio's canal story;
has led to an outgrown facility.
In January, the Johnston Farm Friends Council Board entered into
an agreement with the Ohio Historical Society to co-fund an
exciting renovation project that will convert the existing patio
to a state-of-the-art 1,300 square foot education center. This
new space will be the new home for the exhibits that trace the
construction, use, and eventual decline in Ohio's canals. The
new space will be a classroom with audio-visual capabilities,
meeting room, program room, and community gathering place
complete with catering facilities. With a view overlooking the
Miami and Erie Canal, what better place is there to share the
story of our first major transportation system?
The cost of the project is $167,000.00. The Ohio Historical
Society has earmarked $42,000.00 to support the project and the
Duke Foundation has made a lead grant of and additional
$25,000.00 to help make this a reality. The Johnston Farm
Friends Council has launched a campaign to complete the funding.
The Friends Council has partnered with the Piqua Community
Foundation to be the fiscal agent for the campaign. The
Foundation will collect the funds and place them in an account
for the museum project.
The Johnston Farm Friends Council is actively working to
complete the funding to make this project a reality by looking
locally, regionally, and beyond for the required support. To
date, in addition to public support already being received; the
Miami County Foundation and the Canal Society of Ohio have
committed support to the project.
The Friends Council is very pleased to recognize Vectren Energy
Delivery of Ohio as a supporter of the new energy-efficient
education center. Thanks to Vectren's support, the new addition
will provide a comfortable setting for visitors while keeping
energy usage low. Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren said,
"The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency provides a great
opportunity for educating visitors of all ages about the rich
history of the region. The new education center will enhance the
educational abilities of the museum while keeping the museum's
environmental impact low."
The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency aims to increase the
knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of its history and
the broader cultural environment. The Johnston Farm & Indian
Agency serves as a popular location for students to experience
Native American, frontier, and canal history.
"The new education center adds more exhibit and
interpretive space in addition to serving as a location for
community meetings and special events," said Andy Hite,
Site Manager for the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency.
The timeline of the project is for construction to begin in
November 2013 after the last school visit and to be completed
before the first schools visit in early April 2014. For
information on how to become a supporter of one of the most
visited historic sites in Ohio; contact the Piqua Community
Foundation at 937-615-9080 or the Johnston Farm & Indian
Agency at 937-773-2522.
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