The Ashland County Historical Society will host a 20th anniversary celebration and open house at the Noonan Building located at 420 Center St. in Ashland on Thursday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will celebrate the legacy of Eloise Ridgeway Noonan and include an open house and lunch provided in partnership with the Ashland Elks Lodge 1360. Lunch will consist of a pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, potato chips, cake & ice cream. The cost is $7 with all proceeds to benefit the Historical Society. Reservations are required and must be received by Monday, July 22 by calling 419-289-3111 or emailing ashlandhistory@zoominternet.net.

The Noonan House was built and dedicated on July 25, 1999, after the Historical Society received a generous bequest from the estate of Eloise Ridgeway Noonan. The building currently houses the administrative offices and library, a Streetscape of Ashland, the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame display and a Military History room.

Mrs. Noonan was a lifetime member, longtime board member and volunteer, and key player in the development of many of the historical society’s programs, practices and procedures. She was often described by others as multi-talented, enthusiastic, hard working, perky, feisty, and very generous.

Mrs. Noonan was a professor at Ashland College from 1966 until 1976 and a local philanthropist here for 30 years. She was originally from Oakhill, Ohio, and passed away on Jan. 27, 1997.