Saturday, May 24, 2003


Trail follows rebel raiders


LOVELAND-Rest easy, John Hunt Morgan. Ohio will remember you after all.

This month, the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission finished raising more than $12,000 to help erect interpretive signs that will guide tourists along the raid route.

Now the commission is eligible for a $180,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to complete the project. The trail will run through southern Ohio and into northeastern Ohio, following the route of the general's horsemen.

"If all goes according to schedule, the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio will be formally dedicated in July 2004," said David Mowery, a Loveland resident and the Hamilton County coordinator for the trail commission.

Meanwhile, on this 140th anniversary of the raid, the Loveland Area Historical Society is presenting a Morgan's Raid exhibit through Sept. 21. The museum, 201 Riverside Drive, is open 1-4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Information: 683-5692.

Hamilton County will receive nine of the trail's 62 interpretative signs, to be used on a driving tour.

"We continue to ask for supplemental donations for the trail," Mowery said, to buy more interpretive signs

Make checks payable to Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. Send to: John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, POB 2024, Fairborn OH 45324.

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BETHEL - The Army Corps of Engineers is offering a Junior Ranger Program for children ages 8-12.

It will be held 10-11:30 a.m. July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2 at the Visitor Center at 2185 Slade Road, near the dam at William H. Harsha Lake in Clermont County.

The kids will explore water safety and forestry, wildlife management and environmental protection.

Information: 797-6081.

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TRENTON-Robert Genheimer, acting curator of archaeology at the Cincinnati Museum Center, will conduct a field school for children from grades 8-12 to help them determine if archaeology would make a good career.

The school is limited to 12 children from Greater Cincinnati.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 16-20 at Chrisholm Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, near Trenton. Information: MetroParks, 867-5835.

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WAYNESVILLE-The Mary K. Current Ohioana Reading Room at the Mary L. Cook Public Library is looking for volunteers to help with genealogical and historical research.

Information: Karen Campbell, genealogy librarian, 897-4826.

Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:

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