Ohio firearm inventor honored at Works Museum - you are invited

The Works Museum Rideo Poster

Republished with permission of the Ohio Gun Collector's Association. (OGCA)

"The Art of War" art gallery exhibit at The Works museum in Newark, Ohio will highlight the advancement of weaponry and contributions made to the Remington Gun Company by an industrious Ohio inventor, Joseph Rider.

The heart of this exhibit, "The Rider," is a biography of Rider's life-long successes, inventions and his 25-year partnership with Remington & Sons Armory. He was also once the wealthiest man in Newark, Ohio.

Displayed will be a collection of Remington Rolling Block Rifles, and carbines along with some of Rider's first patent designs on vest-pocket pistols. Also feated are many Civil War artifacts and Licking County's role in that war. This exhibit was created by the Works Firearms Curator and OGCA member Tracie Hill.

The December issue of the NRA magazine will pay tribute to Rider with an informative article written by famous American firearms authors, Roy Marcott and, local historian, Scott Gowans. Marcott's article will emphasize how Joseph Rider's ideas impacted the history of firearms and saved Remington & Sons from bankruptcy prior to the Civil War. From his first firearm, U.S. patent designs on percussion revolvers, his business relationship with Remington & Sons for a quarter of a century, to how his improvements led to the most famous single-shot rifle ever manufactured, the Remington Rolling Block Rifle.

Roy Marcott, a well-respected authority in Remington Rolling Block Firearms, is well known for his involvement in the discovery of the room that didn't exist in 1991 at the Remington Arms Company in Ilion, NY. Thanks to the persistance of Marcott and two other researchers, Jay Lewis and Slim Kohler, we would not have the information we have today of the records and history of Remington rifles that the Remington Arms Company said did not exist. Marcott is currently President of the Remington Society of America and their Journal Editor. Marcott will be giving a private tour of the exhibit at 6 P.M. on November 5, 2011, with a dinner and lecture to follow. For more information or dinner reservations, contact Jenna Finehout at 740-349-9277, ext.222, or email her at [email protected].

The "Art of War" exhibit will open November 4th and close January 8th, 2012. Admission is free for this exhibit (located in the art gallery) and is open to the public Tuesday thru Saturday. Hours are 9 AM -- 5 PM, closed Sunday and Monday. Visit their website: www.attheworks.org. OGCA is pleased to make a contribution of $3,000 to The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology located in Newark, for this special exhibit.

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