History

Updated: July 15, 2019

Lucas County Genealogical Society To Meet

The next meeting of the Lucas County chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will be held on Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Black Pearl Restaurant, 4630 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. Please note the change in time and location. 

This is the organization’s annual summer social. All are welcome. Attendees will order from the menu with time to socialize and a little fun and games thrown in. For further information, contact http://www.lucasogs.org.

Waterville Historical Society Plans Programs

The Waterville Historical Society announces its slate of programs for 2019, as well as the schedule for walking tours and open houses.  

Open houses will be held at the two historic homes, Robbins and Sargent houses, on River Road. The Downtown Walking Tour begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Robbins House, and the Uptown Tour begins at noon at Wakeman Hall. These are scheduled for Saturdays: July 27, August 24 and October 26. The Wakeman Archival Center is also open on these Saturdays for historical research. An Attic Treasures Sale will be held at Wakeman Hall on June 6-7.  

Programs include:

Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. – Decades of Fashion by Connie Isbell and Betty Metz of the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society at Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Dr., Waterville.

Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. – Ghostly Encounters VI by local re-enactors, in Wakeman Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. – Spiritualism in America by Mike McMaster, education programs coordinator at the Wood County Museum, at Wakeman Hall.

For further information, visit www.watervillehistory.org. 

Traveling Riis Exhibit On Display In Bowling Green

The Wood County Historical Museum opened a new traveling exhibit, Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives, featuring photographs by Riis, a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century.

The Riis exhibit is a companion piece to the current exhibit, For Comfort and Convenience. Visitors to the exhibit will experience immersive life-size photographs, as well as artifacts and personal documentation. 

Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives will be on display through Sunday, August 11. 

The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on weekends from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children, with discounts for seniors, students and military. Historical society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on the first Friday of each month, courtesy of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicapped-accessible and group tours are welcome. 

For more information, visit www.woodcountyhistory.org. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.

Wolcott House Museum Exhibit Announced

The Wolcott House Museum, 1035 River Rd., Maumee, is featuring Victoria’s Other Secrets. This exhibit features “unmentionables” (Victorian underpinnings), both originals and reproductions. Kathy Dowd, curator for the Maumee Valley Historical Society, is very excited to give visitors a little peek behind the boudoir door. See examples of garments that help answer the age-old question, “What really does lie beneath all those layers of ruffles, lace and finery?” 

Guided tours are available on Saturdays starting at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Group tours available by appointment. For more information, visit www.wolcotthouse.org.

Sunday Specials Announced At The Wolcott

The Maumee Valley Historical Society is holding a new monthly event, “Sunday Specials.” One of the outer buildings at the Wolcott Heritage Center, located at 1035 River Rd., Maumee, will be featured each month. Every Sunday Special will have fun and educational activities for all ages. For more information, visit www.wolcotthouse.org.

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. 

Wakeman Center Seasonal Hours Announced

The Wakeman Archival Research Center, 401 Farnsworth Rd., Waterville, year-round hours are every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and also the last Saturdays of May, June, July, August and October. Look for the Open flag. 

The center contains records of Waterville organizations, businesses, churches, schools, etc., as well as family files and local history. The public may inspect them free of charge and a volunteer archivist will assist with research. No items may be removed from the archives, but copies may be made for a small fee. Donations of similar documents and photographs, or items brought to be copied and added to the files are welcome. 

To schedule an appointment at other times, call (419) 265-4871.

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