ENGLEWOOD — Randolph Township Historical Society (RTHS) is sponsoring a “Vampire Open House” at the RTHS History Center, 114 Valleyview Drive in Englewood, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 22.
Local residents, but especially those in the 40 to 60-year age group who have an interest in local history, are encouraged to visit the museum and view architectural items saved from the demolition of Randolph School (a.k.a. O. R. Edgington), 70th anniversary World War II displays, and others. Since many locals will be planning to go to the Picnic in the Park (Centennial Park on Union Road) from 3-6 p.m. on the same afternoon, a quick visit to the History Center might be an enjoyable side trip.
Why a “Vampire Open House” and what is it? Current Historical Society members are concerned that most of the movers and shakers in the Society are getting older and running out of energy and new ideas. The consensus is that the Society needs younger blood to continue its success and growth.
Sue Cummings, RTHS Treasurer, came up with the vampire idea and slogan, “Ve Vant Young Blood,” although she insists that no blood will be spilled at the event. Special discounted memberships for the half-year will be available along with RTHS newsletters and prizes.
A special invitation is extended to those who participate in the “I Grew Up in Englewood” YAHOO group. Cummings visits that Facebook site regularly and notes, “I see all kinds of local photos from the 1970s-1990s that are not in the Society’s permanent collection. We need younger people to get involved in the Historical Society – by adding their photos and reminiscences, adding their energy to our programs, and serving as hosts for museum visitors. This will ensure the continued existence of RTHS after the current officers and directors can no longer serve.”
Members will be on hand during this free event to promote the Society and receive valuable input from younger visitors.
Parking is available in front of the museum and in lots across the street. Call 832-1858 for more details.