by Robin Gee
Tell your story about life in Dayton at the re-dedication of the Dayton Heritage Museum on Saturday, January 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is located at 718 Sixth Avenue in Dayton.
The event is a re-dedication and renaming as well as a celebration of resident Charlie Tharp’s original gift of the museum to the community.
The Museum Board secured permission from Tharp for the name change that would allow access to more funding from outside sources. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will be followed by a presentation of a plaque honoring Tharp and thanking him and his family for their generosity.
Community members at the event can share their memories of Dayton with a videographer on hand to record their stories. The History on the Square project will be part of the programs as will a visit from The Slush Puppie.
Charlie Tharp is a local businessman, author, and historian who had amassed an extensive collection of Dayton and area memorabilia. He decided to share his treasures with the community in 2012 and donated the building housing the WC Tharp Real Estate company to create a museum.
Museum membership is discounted for this special event. Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.