An old-fashioned cobbler shop is only one of the many new things you can visit in the Putnam County Historical Society museum annex in Kalida during Pioneer Days. (DHI Media/Nancy Kline)
An old-fashioned cobbler shop is only one of the many new things you can visit in the Putnam County Historical Society museum annex in Kalida during Pioneer Days. (DHI Media/Nancy Kline)

KALIDA — Join Ruth Wilhelm, head of the local History & Genealogy Department of the Putnam County District Library, during the annual meeting if the Putnam County Historical Society as they explore where some of our Putnam County towns, current and abandoned, townships and creeks, names came from.

Many people know that Putnam County was named for General Israel Putnam, who fought in the French and Indian war and earned the reputation for bravery and resourcefulness. In 1775 he one of four major generals commissioned by the Continental Congress, next in rank to General Washington, during the American Revolution, where he was known for his courage and energy in combat. But did you ever wonder the history of Putnam County towns, townships and even creek names?

Some names came from the days Indians lived here, others were named for what happened here or where people immigrated from, still some towns, like Belmore, changed their name four times.

The meeting is 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Museum Annex Building. The meeting is open to the public. During the meeting, special recognition will be given to Nora Basinger, who served as the registrar of the museum since 1989. She passed away on June 16. 2019.

Girl Scout member Gwen Miller-Martz will also speak briefly about her Gold Award project to add self-guided tours of the museum using an iPhone and notebooks.

The museum hours during Pioneer Days are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Historical Society is also offering chicken dinners prior the Pioneer Parade in Kalida on Sunday. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dinners can be picked up at the annex building at the Putnam County Historical Museum. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the museum on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and prior to the parade. Proceeds will benefit the Putnam County Historical Society.