It takes a village

A view of the dentist building at Auglaize Village Museum.

Employees from Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) spent a Saturday morning giving back to their community by sprucing up the Auglaize Village Museum. 

If you’re not familiar with the museum, it’s something quite special. Built in June 1966, the recreated village is a restoration project of the Defiance County Historical Society. Within this unique setting, visitors can experience history, strolling through buildings typical of rural northwest Ohio in the early part of the nineteenth century.

Employees from Paulding Putnam EC assisted with a community service project at Auglaize Village Museum. Front row, from left, Annette Schreiner, Alayna Willitzer, Ryan Flint, Julia McMaster, Judy Wygant, Jeff Ferris. Back row, from left, Erika Willitzer, Joe Sines, George Carter, Corbin Rhonehouse, Ted Slusser, John McMaster, Renee Boss, Dee Renollet, and Peter Niagu.

PPEC employee Judy Wygant is on the committee that led the project. “I’ve always enjoyed taking my daughter to the Haunted Lantern Tour that was held at the village during the month of October. It was clear that it took a lot of work to get the event accomplished,” Wygant said.  “I knew that this had been done solely by volunteers putting in a lot of work hours. When it came time for us to talk about helping our community, I thought these folks would appreciate it and they certainly did.”

The employees working together were able to get several things accomplished. They helped replace part of the flooring in the church, rebuilt the outside bread oven, replaced a few poles and lines for the camping area, and deep cleaned several buildings. 

Peter Niagu is also on the community service project committee and says Auglaize Village has many great attractions. “For me personally, it is a really special place,” he said. “I’ve always been very interested in our history and things of the past. So, for PPEC to participate in keeping the museum going for years to come, it means a lot to me.”

You can find more pictures from the day on the PPEC Facebook page and on our website at