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MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Historical Society Director Jim Gibson says the Mount Vernon Fife and Drum Corps Bass Drum made it into the second round of voting in the Ohio Historical Society competition. You can go to the website www.ohiohistoryhost.org/madness/ again and vote to support Knox County in the competition.

Here is the background on this competition:

(Mount Vernon, OH) – In the spirit and fun of college basketball’s March Madness, The Knox County Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society invite you to participate in the Second Annual Ohio Memory Madness – a bracket of sixty-four historical objects from across the state all competing for the unique distinction of being named the 2014 Ohio Memory Madness Champion. Since the historical objects featured in the bracket are unable to play tournament style basketball, the winner of Ohio Memory Madness will be determined by public online voting at: http://www.ohiohistoryhost.org/madness/.

The Ohio Memory Madness bracket features images of iconic historical objects culled from Ohio Memory, the collaborative digital library project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio, with digital collections from 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Voters can learn more about each object by scrolling over each image to view a description, or click on the image to visit the Ohio Memory image page with more information.

The Knox County Historical Society is proud to have the Mount Vernon Fife and Drum Corps’ Bass Drum represent Knox County in the Northeastern Ohio Region in this exciting statewide competition among 64 interesting historic objects.

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The Bass Drum included in the competition is actually part of the collection at the Knox County Historical Society Museum, 875 Harcourt Road, in Mount Vernon. It was in use for many years, from 1953 until the 1990’s, in performances by the Sons of Union Veterans Fife and Drum Corps, including appearances at the funerals of both the last Union and last Confederate soldiers in the 1950’s. The drum heads were painted by local artist, Robert Flynn, and the drum was played for several years by Mount Vernon News photographer, Virgil Shipley.

Objects will go head to head beginning March 18, and the voting is scheduled as follows:


First round: March 18-21
Round of 32: March 22-26
Sweet 16: March 27-31
Elite 8: April 1-3
Final 4: April 4-5
Championship: April 6-7

Not only can the public vote throughout the tournament to ensure their favorite object makes it to the championship – they can also enter to win a prize pack from the Ohio Historical Society including tickets to the Ohio History Center in Columbus, Ohio, a Retro Ohio t-shirt, and an assortment of Ohio munchies to enjoy while watching that other sport.

Don’t miss your chance to vote for the Ohio Memory Madness Champion! Your vote can make one of
Knox County’s historical objects go all the way this March. The voting website is at: http://www.ohiohistoryhost.org/madness/

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