History is not all ancient or necessarily even really old. It is all around us if we know where to look and pause to listen - even on your cell phone.

Are you interested in Mountain Dew cans or NRA rifle shooting? Do you think about old Grange buildings or even Hillcrest pool?

Those things played a part in Jackson County’s 20th century history, in the middle or late 1900s.

Did someone in your family work at the Goodyear plant on East Main Street in Jackson, or was it the Cambridge or even Meridian plant when they worked there?

Now the Lillian E. Jones Museum is beginning to connect voices with the items donated to the museum over the 25 years. You can hear those voices explaining their connections to the items by calling 740-263-6964. Then listen and follow directions, enter a number and the # sign to hear and learn history. Most recordings are 90 seconds long with the longest being nearly 5 minutes but told by Sam Jenkins, a former local resident who now lives in Marion, Ohio and is one of the few remaining to tell the tale of all the badges and bars of Camp Arrowhead at Lake Katharine 1949-1964.

This is an ongoing project of the Jones Museum. Currently there are 23 recordings with more in the works.

Following are 23 recordings which are currently available at the Museum:

Roger Donaldson – Original Jackson City Library shelves.

Patty Farley – Researching history of 100 E. Broadway form Furnace Foundry to Bellisio’s.

Susie Washam – Exhibit on artist father Bill Hankey and his advertising works as well as family items.

Miriam Harley – The use of the digitized Osky Wow collection.

Alana Billman – Collections of women’s social club books and Liberty Press printing.

Robert Ervin – Author of seven Jackson County history books.

Kelly Newell – The story of her father Mark Long who discovered and recorded the locations and histories of forgotten coal mines including Cochran mine.

‘Dinny’ Jones Shaw – Information about her father, Marshall Jones, the last president of Globe Iron and his photo.

Brian Howell – Remembrances of Goodyear, Cambridge and Meridian companies from a former worker.

Donna Lewis – Background on the Goodyear Spirit Award and her mother, Fern Evans, the 1974 winner.

John Lewis – The full story of Merillat’s $30,000 Mountain Dew can.

Megan Malone – Overview of Lake Katharine and Camp Arrowhead.

Stan Arthur – Personal memories of Camp Arrowhead.

Dick Claxson – Personal memories of Camp Arrowhead.

Sam Jenkins – Badges, awards and memories of Camp Arrowhead.

Patty French – 1951 wedding gift television purchased at Cherrington Appliance Store.

Jennifer Yunker – Christian Church portrait history.

Joe Finch – Eisteddfod judging books from 1970s and 1980s.

Laura Thorne – Eisteddfod certificate award.

Cora Willett – JHS dinner plates.

Megan Malone – Hillcrest Swim Team sweatshirt, photo, ribbons.

Charles Harley – Valley Grange materials including membership papers.

Robert Ervin – Valley Grange Memorial plaques and memories.

Twenty-five years adds more than a few wrinkles and the Lillian E. Jones Museum is no exception.

Even in the midst of this year of pandemic the Jones Museum has continued to add newness to Jackson County’s home for history, culture and education.

Now the Jones Museum offers a continuously updating of its collections through our digital archives that are accessible from the Museum’s website at www.jonesmuseum.com. At this point in the 25th anniversary year, the digital archives include more than 500 of the thousands of items that have been donated since 1995.

The newest wrinkle is an audio component to the archives which adds a voice to further connect life to the items inside the museum. The first 20 recordings can be accessed by calling 740-263-6964 and entering a prompt number when instructed. More recordings are being added weekly.

Submitted By Megan Malone, Lillian Jones Museum Director