Because of the coronavirus, the Board voted to canceling most of
the scheduled activities for the summer and fall.
The majority of those attending meetings at
the museum and/or volunteering to help with
our activities are senior citizens. Because confirmed
cases of COVID-19 are continuing to
increase in Jay County and many of those infected
are over 60 years of age, we feel it is in
everyone’s best interest to cancel these events.
Also, social distancing would be difficult, or
impossible, in some of the spaces involved.
The genealogy library is currently open on
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each
week, by appointment only. This is to limit
the number of persons using the library space at
any time. If possible, please call the day ahead
to schedule a time to use the library
The museum is currently opened to visitors Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will
remain closed on Fridays for the present time.
However, if anyone has a special need to visit
on Friday, arrangements for that can be made.
Just call at least one day ahead. For the protection of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, please wear a mask and social distance when at the museum.
Monthly Program Meetings are canceled
until the end of this year. The museum’s
meeting room is not large enough to accommodate
A decision about the
Annual Dinner Meeting in November will be
made at a later date.
At the current time, the Tri-State Gas Engine
and Tractor Association is planning to
have their show in August. However, JCHS
will not be staffing our booth because of the
inability to social distance in our provided
space and the influx of people from other areas.
Even though it is still a few months away,
the Board has decided to also cancel this
year’s Jay County Heritage Festival. The
board realizes that much of the event is held
outside, but social distancing would still be a
problem in some areas, such as the food tents.
The museum is often crowded with visitors,
especially if the weather isn’t cooperative, eliminating
any chance for staying away from others
inside the building.
Canceling all of these activities was a hard
decision to make. But, the board feels it is in
the best interest of all involved and wants to do
our part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
We are hopeful that our usual programming
can resume next year.
Even though the museum is closed, volunteers are
still checking in periodically and taking care of
business matters. If you wish to pay your membership
dues, please mail a check to the museum.
Also, please call or email any changes in
addresses, etc. Volunteers are also answering
some requests for genealogy information.
When visiting the museum please remember to take necessary
precautions for the protection of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, please wear a mask and social distance when at the museum.
903 E Main St.
Portland, Indiana 47371