CENTERBURG — Have you ever wondered why Knox County is shaped ... funny? Did Centerburg have anything to do with it? Did you know Centerburg was once considered for the capital of Ohio? Was Rich Hill rich?
On Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., learn the answers to these along with many other fascinating stories of early life and politics in the town and surrounding area including Hilliar, Liberty and Milford townships with local history expert Gloria Parsisson. Centerburg Joint Recreation District is sponsoring the program, which will take place in the Centerburg Town Hall located above the library at 49 E. Main St.
“Gloria Parsisson is an amazing treasury of local lore and history,” said Gary Moore, program director for the CJRD. “As a sixth-generation local descendant, her interest began with family stories and grew through extensive research on local history. Gloria not only has incredible knowledge on the early days of Centerburg and surrounding area including Hilliar, Liberty and Milford townships, she also has one of the most comprehensive collections of early area photographs including buildings and businesses which will be on display along with handouts and items to view and discuss after the program while The Heart of Ohio Women’s Club provides light refreshments.”
“This would be a good time to bring your questions, artifacts and share your stories,” said Parsisson, “and also to learn about local geology, early inhabitants, and our relationship to the new country, when townships were formed and how Knox County came to be a ‘boot’ shape in 1848.” “Gloria has participated is several CJRD programs including our Winter Hike Series and is a fabulous resource person,” said CJRD Administrator Dave Beck. “Her participation and historical knowledge adds considerable interest for our program participants.”
The Centerburg Joint Recreation District was created to provide Centerburg area residents greater recreation opportunity and variety. The mission of the CJRD is to physically and financially assist in the enhancement of recreational facilities and programs, and also to expand and develop additional recreational facilities and programs in the Centerburg School District. For more information contact Beck at 625-5123, or check www.cjrd.org.
Published on February 7, 2012