Rep. Dennis Murray, D-Sandusky, is reaching out both to history buffs and current affairs junkies when he hosts his next town hall meeting with constituents from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St. in downtown Sandusky.
State lawmakers such as Murray and Ohio's new governor, John Kasich, must figure out how to close a budget gap of several billion dollars as they attempt to craft a new two-year budget, using budget cuts, new taxes and fees or a mixture of both. (Kasich says he wants to focus on cuts.)
Murray wants to talk budget, but he also plans to use the meeting to give participants a dose of local history. Representatives of Sandusky Library (which runs the museum) and the Sandusky Underground Railroad Education Center will be on hand to speak and answer questions about Sandusky's role in the Underground Railroad.
"The Follett House Museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1974," said Julie Brooks, director of Sandusky Library. "The Sandusky Library renovated the Follett House to hold its local history collection of artifacts that had been located on the second floor of the library. It opened in 1976 and has displays that interpret Erie County history."
The Sandusky History Blog is here.