Friday, April 9, 2010

A Dickens of a good time was had by all!

Just as Charles Dickens did when he met John Johnston in 1842, Roger Jerome and his masterful performance have come and gone in the space of two days. 

April 08th, 2010 saw the public premiere of Dickens in Ohio.  The event was held in the William McKinley Domed Ballroom at the Fort Piqua Plaza in Piqua OH.  For the nearly one hundred and fifty guests in attendance, the event kicked off at 7:30 with a plate of period correct desserts and a cup of lemon shrub, and concluded with Roger Jerome's performance.  In between there was time to mingle with costumed interpreters and volunteers (only a few guests were startled by the Indians!), to take a look at the 1840s exhibits (including a local collection of dageurreotypes, and artifacts kindly supplied by the Piqua Public Library), and to make a purchase at the PHA Friends Council table.  Items for sale to support the site included hand-woven scarfs and sashes, ornaments and Cat's Meow representations of the site, as well as the first in a series of historical novels chronicling the Johnstons' lives - In the Midst of Danger. 

The program, which began at 7:30, was introduced by James Oda, director of the Piqua Public Library.  He was followed by Burt Logan, the new executive director and CEO of the Ohio Historical Society.  Mr. Logan was in attendance not only to see Charles Dickens, but to announce the Piqua Historical Area's new name.  Designation of an OHS site has only been changed two times in the Society's history.  In order to reflect better the aim and purpose of the Piqua Historical Area, and to come more in line with the name most familiar to the public, the site's new designation is: Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, with the added identifying tag of 'Native American, Frontier and Canal History'. 

As Andy said, 'Johnston Farm' is what the public calls the site already.

With this event, the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency looks forward to an exciting 2010 season.  Watch the blog for news and events, as well as updates on local construction and more.



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