Press release from the Glenville Area Historical Society:
Members of the Glenville Area Historical Society (GAHS) Notable Glenvillians Committee are deep into research of the names and lives of local Glenville people who have notoriety for a variety of accomplishments and pursuits. Among those who will be featured are a well-known sports figure, a farmer of media fame and a theme park entertainer. Their stories with photos and various supporting materials will be revealed at the Society’s annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 6:30 p.m. at the Glenville Community Center. Audience participation is encouraged as local Glenvillians in attendance are expected to offer other notable names not discovered by the committee. The annual event begins with neighbors, friends and history lovers meeting and greeting while enjoying light refreshments. Members of the notables committee are Carol Adams, Carolyn Haynes, Sara Pressley Jones, Malina Fowler and Phil Fowler.
The 2018 annual meeting program follows the GAHS tradition that also includes a brief business agenda and election of directors. At previous meetings, topics have ranged from a book author speaker, a Glenville history PowerPoint program and family member narrations about historic families. The 2018 annual meeting program is expected to meet the high standards of GAHS presentations.
GAHS is well known for their events and activities that center on the history of old and new Glenville. A display at the Pines Recreation Park, created by GAHS directors Carol Adams and Woody Haynes with the support of Duke Energy, relates the history of Old Glenville and the building of the dam that created Lake Glenville. In the society’s early years, the group sponsored self-driving tours to historic homes and significant historical sites. 2019 plans are to revive the tour event featuring local historic cemeteries.
GAHS learning opportunity annual events include the Historic Discovery series that expands on some aspect of Glenville life. The series launched in 2017 with Christmas in July….All About Fraser Fir Trees. In August 2018, the historic discovery experience featuring Raggedy Ann and Andy, famous Glenville residents, was enhanced by the on-site visit of Kim Gruelle, grandson of Johnny Gruelle, the Raggedy creator.
Much of the Raggedy history exhibit is still on display at the Glenville History Museum, which is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Sept. 29. The museum, located at 4735 Highway 107 North in the center of Glenville Village, will reopen on Memorial Day weekend in 2019. For additional information, go to www.glenvilleareahistoricalsociety.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828 743-1658.