Mt. Sterling Community Museum back open for the season

The Mount Sterling Community Museum recently acquired the executive desk of John Bricker, a London resident who served as governor of Ohio from 1939 to 1945. It and many other historical artifacts are on display at the museum.

(Posted March 1, 2024)

After its usual closure in January and February, the Mount Sterling Community Museum is back open for the season. The museum is located in the lower level of Mount Sterling Public Library, 60 W. Columbus St.

The current display features photos and information on the history and growth of Mount Sterling from 1845 to 2000. The display is divided into three parts: 1845-1899, 1900-1949, and 1950-2000. The photos show citizens, businesses, schools, government, and more. The display will be up until at least April 30.

The museum is packed with a wide array of historical artifacts and information. One of the museum’s most recent acquisitions is the executive desk Governor John Bricker used while he was governor of Ohio from 1939 to 1945.

Bricker graduated from Mount Sterling High School in 1911. He then earned a law degree at The Ohio State University. After practicing law for many years, he served as Ohio’s attorney general from 1933 to 1939.

Bricker was a Republican candidate for president in 1944. At the national convention, Thomas Dewey of New York was chosen as the presidential candidate, and Bricker accepted the vice presidential candidate position. They lost the election to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

“The desk is quite impressive,” said Steve Chambers, Mount Sterling Community Museum director.

The museum acquired the desk in August of last year. For many years, it had been in the Galloway home of John and Julia Bricker. John is Bricker’s grandson. The couple moved to a smaller home last fall and felt the best place for the desk was the museum, Chamber said.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Special hours can be accommodated on request. Call (740) 869-9305 or email for more information.

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