Volunteers needed for GC Historical Society

GROVE CITY – Everything’s “ready.” All the new displays are “set” for you to see. So, “go” down and visit the Grove City Area Historical Society and Museum when it opens for the season on April 16. Daily hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

The 2019 Volunteer Luncheon and Orientation will be held on April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. If you have been a volunteer or would like to become a volunteer, please plan to come to this luncheon/orientation. If you have never been a volunteer, please know that you will always be paired with an experienced volunteer.

The three hours you volunteer each month will provide you with an opportunity to learn volumes about Grove City and the surrounding community as well as meet and greet visitors to the town. It’s a very rewarding, stress-free activity.

Currently the society has about 50 volunteers and would like to add many more.

If you would like more information about this opportunity or the event itself, please call 724-458-1798, leave a message, and a society volunteer will call you back to answer any of your questions.

Volunteers or potential volunteers don’t have to bring a thing to the luncheon except a willingness to help the rest of us preserve the rich history of this area.

GCC to host religious freedom conference

GROVE CITY – The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College’s upcoming conference “Most Sacred: Freedom of Conscience in America” features Ryan Anderson, senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and founder and editor-in-chief of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute.

Anderson will present the lecture “Not Every Disagreement is Discrimination: On the Uses — and Abuses — of Anti-Discrimination Policy” at 7 p.m. April 4 in Sticht Lecture Hall in the Hall of Arts and Letters on campus.

Anderson is the author of “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment”, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom” and the co-author of “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.” Anderson’s research has been cited by U.S. Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas in two cases before the high court.

Anderson holds a doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.” He has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and Fox News and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and National Review. He is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University.

The conference on April 4 and 5 will explore: What is freedom of conscience properly understood? What is the tradition of conscientious objection, not just to Americans specifically but to Christians generally? What are its roots and applications from Biblical times to modern times? Who are its earliest martyrs and modern warriors? Which cases stand out and speak to us? Why is this a freedom worth preserving? And above all, how should we at Grove City College—an institution dedicated to faith and freedom, to the foundations of a faithful and free society, and to the mission of forming the very consciences of our students—respond to threats to freedom of conscience in today’s chaotic culture?

Other speakers include: Colleen Sheehan, co-director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University; Michael Medved, nationally syndicated radio talk show host; David French, senior writer at National Review; Kristen Waggoner, attorney and senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom; and Paul J. McNulty, president of Grove City College.

For a complete schedule and to register for the conference, visit the website at

GC Historical Society seeks yearbooks

GROVE CITY – One group was planning a class reunion. Another group was researching genealogy and wanted to put a picture to a name. Finally, there was a family who experienced a fire that destroyed personal property, and they were trying to rebuild a photo album of loved ones. Whatever your reason for needing to find a picture of a person at a younger age, know that the local historical society may be able to help you.

The Grove City Area Historical Society and Museum has a near complete set of Grove City High School yearbooks from 1924 to present. The society is indebted to the high school yearbook staff who recently donated 21 issues to complete our collection. They were unable to donate 2005 and 2009 so the society reached out via its Facebook account, and the 2009 has been offered.

If there is anyone who has a copy of 2005 they could donate, please call the society office at 724-458-1978.

If you or a family member was a student at Grove City College and have reasons to locate a student’s college-era picture, we have copies of the Grove City College Ouija yearbooks available from 1912 through 2007. We would also welcome receiving any donations of the Ouija published in 2008 through 2018. Yearbooks are a wonderful resource when researching a particular time period or chronicling the activities of a particular group so don’t forget to check out your local Grove City Area Historical Society and Museum on College Ave. in Grove City.

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