Here it is June already, spring floods are for the most part over with and we are preparing for summer’s hot weather. Hopefully the heat will not be as radical as the cold this winter and the rains and floods this spring,

The museum had a nice turn-out for its annual Spring Tea on April 28 and received lots of good comments on the two new exhibits. Our gun collection had not been on display for several years, and so this spring with a new display system and lighting the exhibit has been very well received. The general store received a face lift and has generated lots of good conversations between Museum visitors remembering and sharing their general store memories – our museum is fulfilling its mission.

The church project is proceeding well, with electric and water lines run into the building and preliminary grading finished in the parking lot. The sanctuary ceiling is being insulated in readiness for plaster and paint. When the old paneling was removed the original wood trim around the windows was uncovered and the windows promise to look amazing when they are restored. It is a time consuming job but it will be well worth it when complete. The curator is hoping to work with the Smithsonian again and host an African- American exhibit for the grand opening of the Bethel church museum annex. 

Sliced Bread Days are rapidly approaching – July 5, 6 and 7. The community will be celebrating Sliced Bread with any number of activities including: Friday 5, carnival in Simpson Park, and a tractor pull at the Fairgrounds. On July 66 ,French toast breakfast, 5K run, open mic at Silver Moon Plaza, downtown parade, kids projects all day at the library and cultural corner, Freedom Festival in Simpson Park, a carnival, tours of the Chillicothe Baking Company building, and of course fireworks. The museum will be hosting the bread contest with three categories; yeast, savory and sweet breads. Entry forms can be picked up at the museum or call Pam at 646-1341 for more information. Sunday, July 7, begins with an open air non-denominational sunrise service in the Hedrick Medical Center Gardens at 7:30 a.m., followed by a light breakfast, last day for the carnival in Simpson Park, and Rhonda Vincent concert at the Performing Arts Center. And as you may or may not have heard it was through the efforts of the museum working with State Representative Rusty Black and congressman Denny Hoskins that from now on every July 7 will be known as Sliced Bread Day in the state of Missouri.

The museum will host its next quarterly meeting at the Elks Lodge on Tuesday, July 9. at 6.30 p.m.. The evening program will be “Movie Night” - featuring movies of Chillicothe with lots of free popcorn, promising to be a fun night of movie watching for all ages. The dinner will be fried chicken with all the ‘fixings’. Cost is $10.