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Local Questers set to host state convention

October 6, 2012
By SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - Lifestyles Editor ( , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The National Trail #348 and Wilson Shannon #1142 chapters of the Ohio Questers are co-hosting the 2012 Ohio Questers Fall Convention. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Oct. 12. The international Questers president, Jeanne Stokebrand, and Ohio state president Sally Moser, are this year's guests.

Each Ohio Questers group received a packet of information regarding everything to "see and do" in Belmont County and the area.

"It should be a good two-day event," said Sue Willerton of the Wilson Shannon chapter, noting that some visitors are planning to stay longer than the two days. "It's a nice showcase, I think, for our area."

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The National Trail #348 and Wilson Shannon #1142 chapters of the Ohio Questers are co-hosting the 2012 Ohio Questers Fall Convention on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Oct. 12. Members of the convention planning committee are, first row from left, Lois Fosnot, Marian Feisly, Margie Miller — Wilson Shannon Chapter president and Sue Dupke; middle row, Ann Rattine, Brenda Ponzani, Linda Morgan — National Trail Chapter president and Marlene Slotwinski; back row, Jane Bryant and Sue Willerton.

The events begin on Thursday, Oct. 11 with tours of the Victorian Mansion Museum and Olney Friends School in Barnesville and the Great Western School in St. Clairsville. The Victorian Mansion, a 26-room, Romanesque style masterpiece, is supported for restoration by the Wilson Shannon Questers. The Great Western School, constructed in 1870, has been a restoration project of the National Trail Questers since 1976.

Later, convention-goers will tour Epworth Park beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the President's Reception beginning at 6. The presentation will be Steve Avdakov, recipient of the International Quester Scholarship to Columbia University School of Architecture.

On Friday, Oct. 12, the convention moves to the Belmont Hills Country Club. Registration, breakfast and harvest sale begins at 9 a.m., followed by a business meeting and election of officers at 10. The luncheon program, "Music of the Chautauqua Era" features Dr. Sarah Mahan-Hays, Ohio University Eastern associate professor of communication studies and lead singer for the Sarah Hays Band, and Mary Jo Magyar, an accomplished pianist who studied at Baldwin-Wallace University and the Ohio State University.

The Questers is a non-profit international organization founded in 1944 with more than 900 chapters in the United States and Canada. Its purpose is to educate by research and study of antiques, promote education in the fields of historical preservation and restoration of existing materials, historical buildings and landmarks. Questers are people who enjoy antiques and history and encourage appreciation for antiques and the preservation and restoration of historical landmarks.

Ohio Questers has 19 chapters and approximately 270 active members. Two state meetings are held yearly - a spring council meeting in April and a fall convention in October. Each chapter takes turns hosting the fall convention. In addition, the Questers holds an annual international convention, hosted by a different state each year.

The International Questers funds an annual scholarship and fellowship master's degree program which is awarded to two worthy students in the fields of architectural preservation and art restoration. Additionally, through a grants program, approximately $100,000 is awarded biannually to various chapters in the U.S. and Canada for their own preservation and restoration projects.

The convention is open to all Questers and their guests. Anyone interested in attending can contact any Wilson Shannon or National Trail member.

The Questers are always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining, email, or for more information about the organization, visit and



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