The newly formed nonprofit, The Belle Valley Area Historical Preservation Society, has been formed with the aim of preserving Belle Valley area history. The first project the newly-minted organization will tackle is the restoration of the former Greek Catholic Church on a hill above the village.
The group will hold fund raisers, search for grants, gather relics and photos and plans to place a museum in the church basement to preserve the history of Ava Brick, Belle Valley Mine, the crash of the Shenandoah and the Belle Valley Purple Riders, among others.
The Belle Valley American Legion Post 641 will support the project, and “The Immigrant Cocoon,” by Laurel Porter has given the society a head start on information and history of the area.
Anyone with information, photos or relics from the church or other historical entities from the area they would like to donate are asked to call Milton at 740-638-2325; Brent at 740-581-1555; or Jim and Marilyn at 740-432-1077, or mail the Belle Valley Area Historical Preservation Society, PO Box 43, Belle Valley, Ohio, 43717. Membership is $15 annually per person or $100 for a lifetime membership. All donations are tax deductible.
Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Belle Valley Municipal Building. All are welcome.