Belpre celebrates Founder’s Day April 9

The Belpre Historical Society will mark the 224th anniversary of the 1789 “Belle Prairie” settlement with a Founders Day Dinner at 6 p.m. April 9 in the Belpre Church of Christ Fellowship Hall at 2932 Washington Blvd., Belpre.

The cost is $20 per person and reservations are required by April 5 by calling 423-5359 or 423-7382.

Following the dinner, local historian Marty Seufer will share insight into the 1864 presidential election of Abraham Lincoln.

Proceeds from the event will be applied to the fund for the new Collections Preservation building that will soon be constructed at the Farmers’ Castle Museum Education Center at 509 Ridge St. in Belpre.

Due to donations from the community, an additional building is needed to house and preserve the society’s expanding collections of local history, artifacts, genealogy and Underground Railroad information. During the past couple of years, the society has been pursuing grants, donations and holding fundraising activities in an effort to raise up to $200,000 to construct a new building to complement the existing museum facility and to provide a larger space for educational presentations, workshops and programs.

The society continues to accept donations for the new building. Donations can be sent to the Belpre Historical Society, PO Box 731, Belpre, Ohio 45714-0731.

Beginning Wednesday and running through Oct. 3, museum hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, other times by appointment by calling 423-7588.