FORT JENNINGS — Dr. Wess Klir is a lover of history and heritage. This is why he and many others strived to save the historic Jennings Memorial Hall. It was built in 1916 to serve as a municipal building, civic center and a memorial to those who fought in the War of 1812. The building was constructed thanks to financial support from the township, the village and the state. The building is remembered mostly for hosting wedding receptions and high school proms. The hall also used to be home to the library and an abundance of memories. However, when the American Legion was built, most weddings were moved out, the library was moved to the old school and the building closed.
“The doors were closed and it essentially just sat completely unused except for various storage,” Klir said.
In 2011, Klir felt called to do something for the building that used to be full of life. However, five years of vacancy would make it a daunting task.
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