The Montgomery County Historical Society is carrying on a new tradition that was started up by the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Jigsaw puzzles featuring local photography will continue this year.
Last year the Chamber of Commerce decided not to continue annual puzzle production because it is so time consuming. The Montgomery County Historical Society jumped at the chance to continue this community tradition. Hoosier Heartland State Bank thinks so much of this project that they are underwriting this year’s puzzle production costs. In the past, the Chamber had the puzzles produced in time for the Christmas shopping season. This year, the Historical Society is having the puzzle produced in time for the Strawberry Festival.
The Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce started this annual tradition four years ago. Steve House, past director of the Chamber, spearheaded the idea that quality made and professionally designed jigsaw puzzles with large images of local Montgomery County landmarks would be appealing to puzzle fanciers. Each year 300 or more puzzles were produced and sold at very reasonable prices. Assembled and framed puzzle photographs of the Lane Place, Deer's Mill Covered Bridge, Yount's Mill and most recently the Pattison Pavilion can be seen in local homes and as far away as Florida.
This year’s puzzle image will come from local citizens who enter the 2019 Photo Contest. Rules for the contest can be found at www.lane-mchs.org or by E-Mailing the historical society’s director, Jill Coates at jcoates@lane-mchs.org . Photos taken between Feb. 1, 2018, one year ago, to the present will be accepted. Photos may be submitted starting now through Feb. 28. The winner will be announced on March 8. The photo contest winner will have their work displayed on 300 professionally produced jigsaw puzzles, win a 2019 Family Membership to the Montgomery County Historical Society, and be given their very own puzzle to display with pride.
The community jigsaw puzzle is manufactured by a family owned and operated business in Jacksonville, Fla. The owner has a passion for creating professional grade products. Their clients have ordered puzzles with images of great museum famous masterpieces, White House celebrations, and great American landmarks like Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture to name but a few. The present plans are to have a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle roughly the size of 19 ½” x 26 ½”. These annual puzzle projects are enjoyable to assemble and the finished product represents some of the best of Montgomery County.