Wagnalls Memorial to celebrate its centennial

The Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis, will turn 100 years old in May 2025.

The communities of Lithopolis, Bloom Township, Canal Winchester, and surrounding areas have enjoyed years of library services, visual and performing arts, and private and community celebrations in this architectural and historic gem.

Special activities commemorating Wagnalls’ centennial have been scheduled throughout the year including special art exhibitions by local artists. Now through July 6, the Veterans Art Initiative from Columbus will be in the gallery. To discover what is planned, see Wagnall’s website, wagnalls.org, and find the page under the About tab for the Centennial Celebration. Details will also be shared on Wagnalls Facebook page and Instagram.

As part of the centennial festivities, The Wagnalls Memorial is working to build its historical archives for Lithopolis, Bloom Township, and Wagnalls by collecting stories from current and past residents and patrons. The Memorial is happy to scan and return photos and other scrapbook-worthy items as well. See the same website to learn how to participate or call the library at 614-837-4765.

The board of directors invite members of the community to join the ongoing mission of providing a library, cultural arts center, and community center through donations and sponsorships. The baton has been passed to the community from Mabel Wagnalls Jones, the library’s benefactor, to keep this gem thriving. Information about how to give and the giving levels are on wagnalls.org/page/centennial or by calling Executive Director Deb Silvia, at 614-837-4765. Gifts and recognition are available by giving levels. Centennial souvenirs are available to purchase in library. The proceeds from the sale of these mementos support celebration activities.

Other Wagnalls news

Wagnalls Memorial Scholarships awarded
The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation awarded eight scholarships for a total of $14,500 to Bloom-Carroll and Canal Winchester high school graduates from the class of 2024.
The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation has awarded and administered scholarships for high school students who reside in Bloom Township since the late 1940s. The Foundation also assists the Walker-Hecox-Hickle American Legion Post 677 of Lithopolis to award scholarships as well. The Legion awarded three scholarships for 2024.

The recipients of the Wagnalls scholarships include Samuel Howard (CWHS), Colby Sprague (BCHS), Madeline Jackson (BCHS), Kate Johnson (BCHS), Kaydence Neal (BCHS), Noah Winterton (BCHS), Lacie Bachman (BCHS), and Tori Harrison-Rawn (CWHS).
Recipients of the American Legion Post 677 scholarships are Aaron Rodoski (Walker scholarship for CWHS graduates), Andrew Carter (Hecox scholarship for BCHS), and Maxwell LeFever of Ashland, Ky., (Hickle scholarship for relations of members).

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