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Discover Shelby County Ohio
Happy Birthday, 200 years! Dual celebrations have been planned to highlight the rich history of Shelby County (1819-2019) and the city
of Sidney (1820-2020). A two-year schedule of events is designed to put the spotlight on the area and create some permanent legacy projects for future generations.
“We have a lot of learning activities and fun events planned
to celebrate our anniversary,” said Shelby County Commissioner Robert Guillozet. “From our beginning as part of Miami County and part of Auglaize County, Shelby County
has a great history of many proud accomplishments. Every community in the county will be showcased throughout the celebration and we hope all Shelby County residents will get involved.”
The Bicentennial celebration kicked off on April 1, 2019 with a program at the Sidney Middle School. On April 18, local historian Rich Wallace presented “A Bicentennial Retrospective: Why We Are Who We
Are” at the Ross Historical Center. To showcase the history of the
region, a number of other lectures will be held including “Transportation’s Critical Role in Shelby County History” presented by Scott Trostle on June 13 at the Ross Historical Center, "Lois Lensky, Storycatcher" presented by Bobbie Malone on July 14 at St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, and "Celebration of Education” at the Wenger One-Room Schoolhouse in Anna on August 17.
Other lectures include "An Interesting (and Humorous) Journey Through Shelby County's Legal History & Courthouse Observance for the First Meeting of the Shelby County Grand Jury" on September 12 at the Common Pleas Court, Shelby County Courthouse; and “The Fascinating History of Rumley, Ohio" presented by Dr. Roy Finkenbine
on October 14 at the Parish Activity Center, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, McCartyville.
On November 11, Rich Wallace and Jim Hall will share stories of Shelby County soldiers in a
Bicentennial Salute to Shelby County Veterans at the Monumental Building. Throughout the year, different
communities in Shelby County
will host Bicentennial events in conjunction with their annual festivals. Hardin, the first county seat, will host a Community Event on April 26-27, followed by the Jackson Center Community Days (May 30- June 2), Botkins Carousel (June 7-9), Anna Homecoming (June 14-15), Houston Community Classic (June 22), and Kettlersville/Van Buren Township Fireman’s Picnic (July
20). McCartyville and Rumley will celebrate as part of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Picnic on August 9-10. Russia will celebrate at the Russia Homecoming (August 30-September 1) and Fort Loramie has planned their celebration in conjunction with the German Heritage Days (September 20-21).
The theme of the 200th birthday celebration is Freedom, Families, Farms, and Industry, four words that the committee chose to best represent Shelby County. A Bicentennial Coin

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