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Join us for Armory Day in Athens on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00am.


Please come and be part of the dedication marker celebration at the Athens Armory, located at the junction of North Court and East Carpenter Street on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00am.

Athens News Article on Armory Dedication

The event will feature the unveiling of an Ohio Historical Marker commemorating the Athens Armory, its historical significance, and the stories of those soldiers who used the building.

The Athens Armory was built before the First World War and was used by local soldiers during mobilization. During the war, the Ladies Aid Society and other groups used their building to support the war effort. Our event will feature an honor guard and living historians portraying Ohioans in World War I. Speakers include Ohio State Representative Jay Edwards, Athens City Mayor Steve Patterson, and Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio History Center Tom O’Grady.

Armory Day will include a free admission day at the Southeast Ohio History Center, where members of the public will be able to see the exhibit Three Thousand Miles from Home: Southeastern Ohioans in the First World War, sample foods from the era, and enjoy live music.

Starting at 10:00am, living historians will be at the Athens Armory, located at the northern end of Court Street, and the dedication ceremony will begin at 11:00am. The exhibit will be at the Southeast Ohio History Center at 24 West State Street which will be open until 4:00pm.

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