President, Martha Tykodi
Vice President, Pat Murphy
Secretary, Doris Dixon
Treasurer, Cheryl Hayes
Etna Township Representative,
Astrid & Roger Pickering
Jersey Township Representative,
Pataskala Representative, Tom Caw
Webpage, Dale & Rickie Kay Longfellow
Of our 100 members, many live out of the area, but have roots here in West Licking County.†† Of those who live in the area some still live on their ancestral lands, and even in their ancestor's homes.††† Now let's go for a trip back in time to learn the origin of the West Licking Historical Society.
In 1995, the committee reunited and with a few more volunteers researched, wrote and published the impressive 1100-page publication, Preservation 2000.†† This publication contains not only numerous historic photographs and data, but also hundreds of family trees from families in all the communities of West Licking County!† Numerous copies of this publication have been sold, and although the huge, hard cover volume is out of print, the three-volume soft cover issue is still available for purchase from our society.†
Upon the initial release of Preservation 2000, it became apparent from the public's response that a large interest in local history was present among West Licking County residents, former residents and others with ancestry or other connections in the West Licking area.†† The Preservation 2000 organization responded to the community's interest by modifying its not-for-profit articles to become the West Licking Historical Society.† Several hundred people attended its charter meeting in Pataskala in 2000.
Today the West Licking Historical Society officers and volunteers are active and dedicated in preserving our area's past through community events, photographs, workshops and seminars, genealogy, and our own published works.† We participate in community events such as the Pataskala Christmas Parade and the Pataskala Street Fair and summer parade, the Outville Christmas Parade and Bean Dinner, and the annual National Road Flea Market, to name a few.†† We donate to other worthy causes and participate with other community groups to educate the public about the importance of preserving area history and genealogy.
Each year in August we have our own booth at the annual Pataskala Street Fair where we sell our books, our Stand-ups, designed by local artist and West Licking member and volunteer, Dean Ramsey, historic photographs, magnets and other memorabilia of our community.
At that time we also encourage new members to join, while current members renew their memberships.† We welcome our members to volunteer in our booth, as well as to serve on our committees and at special events.†
Please join today.† Make wonderful new friends, make a difference in our community, and help us to preserve our West Licking County heritage.