A folk art painting with German inscription may hold a secret to a time in Auglaize County history that has faded. With no one around to tell the story of how the county historical society obtained the piece of art, the artist and his message has been, at least for now, lost in time.
Auglaize County Historical Society Administrator Rachel Barber said the painting is known to be native to St. Marys due to a recognizable, well-known hotel included in the painting that dates back to the 1840s.
“We just have to figure out what exactly the purpose of it, what is specifically the story that it’s telling, and then get it restored so that it can actually be appreciated by people,” Barber said. “But it’s one of a kind.”
For the full story, see the Friday, April 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.