Twenty five years ago this October, the Heritage Center Museum opened to the public for this first time. At the helm were Robert “Army” and Joy Armstrong. Their commitment to preserving history in Sylvania began in the early 1990s. Army became president of the newly formed Sylvania Historical Society. When the Heritage Center Advisory Commission was formed soon after, Army was on that board and Joy became the volunteer in charge of exhibits, programs, open hours, volunteers, and events. When the Sylvania Historical Village was formed, Joy was hired by the City of Sylvania to be the first Director while Army served on the board and also oversaw the building, restoration, and maintenance of the property. Without their dedication, passion, energy, persistence and countless hours, the Sylvania Historical Village would not exist. During the Fall Festival on Sunday October 21, in front of their family and friends Mayor Craig A. Stough on behalf of the Sylvania City Council and the Sylvania Historical Village board of trustees officially dedicated and renamed the barn the Armstrong Barn in honor of Joy and Army’s everlasting contributions to our community. Thank you Joy and Army!

Joy and Army and their children and grandchildren