Sunday announcements, April 14

Mohawk Historical Society photography program

The Mohawk Historical Society will present a program 7 p.m. Thursday in the Melmore Town Hall, featuring the photography of Sycamore native Howard Mick. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Howard Mick was Sycamore’s most prolific photographer in the 1960’s and 70’s. The Mick family donated Howard’s extensive collection to the Mohawk Historical Society museum. The Mick collection includes nearly 3,000 pictures of Sycamore and adjoining communities. Howard meticulously dated and identified each and every one of his photographs.

Thursday’s program will identify hundreds of local residents. If you resided in the Sycamore area during the 60’s and 70’s there is a good chance Howard took a picture of you. Never one to take “no” for answer, Howard nearly always got his picture.

The Historical Society will supply the popcorn. Come and enjoy an evening of photography from the lens of Howard Mick.

Oak Harbor Chamber Foundation Fireworks Fund Reverse Raffle

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has a history of providing quality family friendly events to the community, and one of those events is the Oak Harbor Independence Day Celebration. To help offset the costs of the event, the Oak Harbor Chamber Foundation is to be having a Reverse Raffle May 11. $50 gets you in the door, dinner and a chance to win over $5,000 in cash and prizes, with a top prize of $2500.00 cash. In addition to the cash prizes, there will be several raffle items, games, and more! We are also looking for raffle items and donations, please contact the chamber at (419) 898-0479 or chamber@oakharborohio.net if you are interested in purchasing a ticket or donating to the event. Proceeds from the Raffle benefit the Free Independence Day Celebration is 5 -11 p.m. July 3, as well as other community events and activities.

RootsMagic founder to give free workshop

FREMONT — Learn how to get the most out of RootsMagic Genealogy & Family History Software from the man who wrote it during a special workshop May 5 at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

RootsMagic Founder and President BruceBuzbeewill help participants with their genealogy questions and give an overview and demonstration of RootsMagic7. This event is free.

To help plan for seating, registration is requested. To register, call (419) 332-2081 and ask for the library, or email John Ransom at jransom@rbhayes.org.

Buzbee has donated copies of his RootsMagic7 CD and book to those who become a member of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at the $100 or more level. Anyone who becomes a member at that level on May 5 will receive the book and program, which retail online for $39.95. Additionally, they will receive numerous other benefits – including free admission to the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, guest passes, discount at the Museum Store, genealogy benefits – that come with being a member at the $100 or more level.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

Go Green and Wild at the Toledo Zoo

TOLEDO — Join the Toledo Zoo in celebrating Mother Earth and exemplifying our mission of inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world during Party for the Planet April 27.

Drop off your recyclable goods — including hard-to-recycle items –between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Admission/parking charges do not apply to this special recycling project, which is made possible through partnerships with: Goodwill, AIM Ecycling, LLC., KTLCB/Lucas County Waste Management, City of Toledo Department of Neighbors, American Paint Recyclers, Gateway Recycling and Waste Reduction, Inc., and TerraCycle.

As well as dropping off your recyclables, the Zoo is the perfect place to spend a great green day with your family! Get tips on how to be more ecofriendly through displays from local “green” organizations, enjoy earth-friendly activities and witness animal feeding demonstrations all across the Zoo. These demonstrations are more than just fun to watch; they also serve to remind us that animals all across the world are relying on humans to take care of the land, water and air we all call home. All of the green activities are included free with Zoo admission.

HPLM joins 300 museums in endorsing the importance of history

FREMONT — History helps people discover their place in time through stories of their families, communities and nation.

History teaches vital skills, such as critical thinking in problem-solving and giving perspective on difficult situations.

History is the foundation for strong, vibrant communities because it preserves family stories, tribal traditions and more.

History helps people envision a better future by expressing opinions, listening to others and weaving history into discussions about contemporary issues to clarify differing perspectives and misperceptions.

These are some of the points in the American Association of State and Local History’s Value of History Statement. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums recently joined more than 300 museums in endorsing this statement, which shares why preserving history and hearing the stories of the past is so important.

“We endorsed this statement because it’s an inspiring and important reminder of why we do what we do and for whom we do it,” said Christie Weininger, Hayes Presidential executive director.

To see what museums and organizations have endorsed this statement, visit https://www.historyrelevance.com/value-history-statement.