In January, Jim Geyer joined the Alliance board as a representative for Region 10. Geyer is a retired high school social studies teacher with a Master of Education from The Ohio State University. He now serves as CEO of the Pioneer & Historical Society of Muskingum County. Additionally, he is a part-time paid employee of the organization, overseeing the care and management of the society’s two museums.
Geyer joins the board with an interest in building partnerships and nurturing relationships. He brings with him nine years of experience at the historical society, as well as fourteen years serving as a township trustee. His local history pursuits include the antislavery movement in Ohio, particularly its place in the history of Putnam (now part of Zanesville) during the 1830s. To this interest, one of the Pioneer & Historical Society’s two buildings, the Stone Academy, hosted state conventions of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society in 1835 and 1839.
About the museums:
The Pioneer & Historical Society of Muskingum County, founded in 1890, owns and operates museums in two of Muskingum County’s oldest and most historic buildings – the Stone Academy and the Doctor Increase Mathews House. Both structures are located in the Putnam Historic District of Zanesville, Ohio. For more information about the historical society and these historic structures, visit www.muskingumhistory.org.