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Chester Shade Historical Association
The Oldest Standing Courthouse In The Northwest Territory
Preserving the Past ~ Paving the Future
Time to pay membership dues. 1 year $15.00 and lifetime $150.00 . New members are welcome .
We invite you to check out the dining area in the Academy.  Please contact us for more information on renting the dining area and also our Catering services.
Email chestercourthouse@windstream.net or call 740- 985-9822 or 740-992-2622 
Mission of the Chester Shade Historical Association
To oversee perpetual care of the Chester Courthouse and  Academy; to house artifacts and  a research library, to preserve  the history and culture of the county and keep the spirit of our ancestors alive for future generations.  To develop educational programs for the local schools and for the public, and develop community pride.  Attract tourists to help boost the local economy.
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The Old Meigs County Courthouse, Chester, Ohio
Our Next Board Meeting Is:
THURSDAY, December 7, 2023 AT 6:30 PM – 8 PM

CSHA Board Meeting
Chester Shade Historical Association
Board meetings are held monthly, on the first Thursday of each month, at 6:30pm, in the Academy Dining Hall.
Trustees and Officers conduct regular organization and committee business.

The public, prospective members, and all current members are WELCOME and INVITED.
740-985-9822 for more information.
Saturday, December 2, 2023, 12-4pm

Join us in the festively decorated Courthouse for our annual Christmas Open House.

The event is free, and all are welcome.
Music will be provided by a special performance of the Eastern High School band.
Once again this year the Chester Shade Historical Association will sponsor the placement of Memorial Christmas Trees on the Commons. Electrical extension cords will be placed parallel to the highway with equally spaced outlets. Trees should be placed at marked spots (short surveyor’s flags). You may need a short cord to connect to your tree. Try to anchor your tree securely to prevent it from being blown over. Placement of trees can start Monday, November 20th. and will be lit nightly starting Friday, November 24th. Trees should be removed from the Commons after the holidays by January 5th.

Contact persons from CSHA are Jim Stewart or Sue Tuttle, local Chester residents.

CSHA requests a fee of $10 per tree to assist with electrical costs plus a small donation to the organization; this can be remitted to Jim or Sue, or dropped off at the Academy during open hours.
2023 Christmas Trees on the Commons
Chester Academy
46454 SR248
Chester, Ohio 45720
Phone: (740) 985-9822