History

Updated August 14, 2019

Lucas County Genealogical Society Schedules Meeting
The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Huntington Meeting Room on the first floor of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, located at 325 Michigan St., Toledo. All are welcome. There will be a presentation by Jan Whitaker on Non-Population Census Schedules. Learn about these underutilized sources for your genealogical research. For further information, visit www.lucasogs.org.

Revolution On The Frontier Slated At Fort Meigs
Experience a revolution in government, culture, and industry as Fort Meigs hosts Revolution on the Ohio Frontier on Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20.
Discover the life and times of early America with demonstrating craftsmen and Revolutionary War soldiers at Fort Meigs. See blacksmithing, tinsmithing, leatherworking and more as demonstrators discuss the history of their trades at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.
Kids can make hand-dipped beeswax candles, hand-stitch a soldiers’ haversack or “enlist” in the mini-militia and learn how to march and drill like soldiers did long ago. Everybody can play historic games like hoops, graces, and tug of war.
Muskets and cannons will be fired all weekend.
Fort Meigs is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days of the event. Event admission is $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.00 for students, and children five and under are free.
For more information on this or any of the events at this National Historic Landmark, visit www.fortmeigs.org or call (800) 283-8916.

Fallen Timbers Battlefield Walk Announced
The Fallen Timbers 223rd Anniversary Battlefield Walk will be held on Sunday, August 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the battlefield.
Characters will appear in period-correct attire stationed along the 1.4-mile trail. Visitors will meet Gen. Anthony Wayne, Upper Canada Lt. Gov. John Graves Simcoe, Tecumseh, Simon Girty, Eleanor Lytle McKillip, Maj. William Campbell and others who will tell their personal stories relative to the battle and its aftermath.
The program begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Registration is on the day of the event at the Visitor’s Center at the battlefield, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Living History Day Planned At Oak Grove Cemetery
The 14th annual Wood County Living History Day will be held on Sunday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery on the campus of BGSU, Bowling Green.
Local residents will portray citizens interred in Wood County and other local cemeteries to promote local history. The 2017 honorees were chosen because 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering WWI, which is also being honored with an exhibit at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum. This event is free and open to the public.
“A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available in the cemetery, as well as on the adjacent BGSU campus. The Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides up to the mound, where the program will be held. Chairs are available, although those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved to the First United Methodist Church, 1506 E. Wooster St.
The 2017 honorees are:
Ray Dudley Avery (1886-1958) – Captain of Bowling Green’s Company H in 1916. Portrayed by Avery’s grandson, Marlowe Witt.
Jonathan Elmore Ladd (1863-1930) – Schoolteacher, lawyer and prosecuting attorney for Wood County. Five of his sons served in WWI, with one son killed in action. Portrayed by Peter Fry.
Addie Jennings Ladd (1864-1944) – Wife of Jonathan Ladd and mother of Paul Ladd, killed in action during WWI. Addie visited Paul’s grave at the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery in France on the Gold Star Mothers’ tour. Portrayed by Elizabeth Geer-Fry.
Margaret Lehmann (1875-1954) – Recruited by the American Red Cross to help lead a contingent of nurses to Europe at the start of what would become WWI. Portrayed by Cassie Greenly.
Milo M. Lybarger (1868-1936) – A prominent farm auctioneer in Bowling Green whose son, Charles, was killed in WWI with the sinking of the USS Ticonderoga. Portrayed by Steve Powell.
Vernon Wymer (1900-1918) – Pvt. Wymer of North Baltimore was the first Wood County serviceman to die in combat in WWI. Portrayed by Wymer’s great-great-nephew, Hunter Wymer.
A DVD of the event will be available for purchase for $15.00 by contacting the Wood County Historical Society at (419) 352-0967 by Friday, September 1.
Event details and past honorees can be found at www.woodcountyhistory.org.

Monclova Community Center Announces Events
The Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Rd., Monclova, will host a variety of events throughout 2017.
A history lecture is scheduled for Sunday, October 1.
Other special events include trivia night on Friday, November 10 and a “Reverse Raffle” on Friday, September 15.
Holiday events planned include: Wednesday, October 25, “Halloween Back” and Wednesday, December 13, “Christmas Celebration.”
For more information, call (419) 861-1336 or visit www.MonclovaCommunityCenter.com.

Historical Class Photos On View At Village Hall
Whitehouse High School graduation class photos dating back to 1901 are now on display at Village Hall. The Whitehouse Historical Society and Whitehouse Parents Club have funded this project over the past two years. The photos have been reproduced, matted and professionally framed.
Nearly 35 years ago, the original photos were donated to the Whitehouse Historical Society after they were removed from the frames. The frames were repurposed and used at the AW High School. The Historical Society enclosed the photographs in acid-proof mylars and stored them in the historic log house with the intention of displaying them in the future.
According to information furnished by the Historical Society members, the first school in Whitehouse was located on Waterville Street near Cemetery Road. Known as Kent School, it was destroyed by fire in 1856. Additional buildings were used as schools over the years before the consolidation of Whitehouse, Waterville and Monclova in 1950 to form the Anthony Wayne School District.
Twelve photos are currently on display in Village Hall, on loan from the Whitehouse Primary School, where they have been permanently placed. The Historical Society also has a collection of yearbooks dating back to 1930. These books, along with many other artifacts, are available to view when the historic Log House is open for tours.
These photos will be on display throughout the summer at Village Hall during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once school resumes in the fall, they will be returned to the Whitehouse Primary School for a permanent display.

Whitehouse Historical Society Offers 2017 Programs
The Whitehouse Historical Society announces the following upcoming events: Buskerfest on Saturday, September 9; Trick-or-Treat on Tuesday, October 31 and Tree Lighting and Decoration Making on Sunday, December 3.

Toledo Area Genealogical Society Sets Meetings
The Toledo Area Genealogical Society (TAGS) meets from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. the second Monday of the month from September to June.
The meetings are held in Wright Hall in the Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St., Sylvania. For program information, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tags/index.htm.

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