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KALIDA – The first governor of Oklahoma, author of Pecos Bill, and an Academy award winner, all have one thing in common. All three were born in Putnam County and are only a few of numerous famous people through the years that were born or had their schooling in Putnam County.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, you can learn more about these famous people when the Putnam County Historical Society hosts their annual meeting during Kalida Pioneer Days.
Speakers Bruce Stowe and Nancy Kline will give a slide presentation during the meeting to show that Putnam County has provided many well-known names throughout history including generals, artists, writers, and professional sports figures. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the new annex building at the museum.
The public is invited to come and learn about the beginnings of many notable United States figures along with a progress report on the museum.
Following the meeting a special children’s activity will also be held in the museum annex. From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. children are invited to come and complete an “All About Me” journal and other crafts to take home. This journal will help the children tell their own history.
The museum will also be open Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed during the Pioneer Parade on Sunday. Area residents are invited to come out and see the new displays and arrangement in the original museum along with the progress on the interior of the new annex that includes a general store, one-room school, barber shop, doctor’s office, post office, hat shop and beauty shop from our past.
The book “Putnam County Pioneer Association Centennial History: 1873 to 1973” will be offered for sale during the Pioneer Days.
The Historical Society will also host a chicken barbeque on Sunday, Sept. 9, with serving from 11 a.m. until all are sold out. Tickets can be purchased for the barbeque on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum is located at 201 East Main Street, Kalida. It is handicap accessible.





The Kalida Lions and Kalida Firefighters have announced the theme for the upcoming Pioneer Days parade to be held the Sunday after Labor Day. Every year, local Kalida students are asked their suggestions for the parade theme. This year’s parade theme “Everybody Loves Pioneer, The Best time of Year!” was submitted by Brady Unverferth, son of Barry & Kathy Unverferth. For his efforts, Brady will be riding the Pioneer Days rides free all weekend!
The annual Pioneer Days parade is one of Northwest and West Central Ohio’s largest parades, with normally 8-10 marching bands, various floats, Military vehicles and many new entries every year. Pioneer Days in Kalida, now in its 146th year, is Ohio’s Oldest festival, and is “always the weekend after Labor Day”. The four day festival is sponsored by the Kalida Lions Club and The Kalida Firefighters.



Left to right: Firefighters Jeff Schulte, Ryan Unverferth, Aaron Vorst, Parade Theme winner Brady Unverferth , Lions Kyle Unverferth, Curt Unverferth, Scott Unverferth.