History

Updated: June 14, 2018

Toledo Library Sets Genealogy Event This Summer
TheToledo-Lucas County Public Library will present a genealogy seminar this summer.
Searching/Chronicling America’s Newspaper Database:  How to Search Digitized Toledo Polish Newspapers will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the McMaster Center, Main Library, 325 Michigan St., Toledo.
Attendees will learn how to use the free Library of Congress website, plus advanced search strategies, to find a variety of information covering local and family history to world events. A brief overview of Polish-American newspapers will also be provided.

Frontier Life Re-Enactment Set At Seven Eagles
Frontier Ohio will come life on Saturday through Thursday, June 23-28, at Seven Eagles Historical Education Center, Grand Rapids, when re-enactors from Ohio and neighboring states converge to take part in the Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous.
The entire camp will be open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 23-25. Visitors can see a primitive encampment of people living as early pioneers, hear period music, learn about history, tour the site’s historic buildings and shop at stores to buy historical items.
Happening throughout the days will be demonstrations of frontier skills.
Periodic tours of the historic buildings at Seven Eagles will be available, including a 200-year-old pioneer cabin and homestead; the Catfish Inn, a reproduction Scottish inn; a French trapper’s cabin; and a Native American longhouse.
On the stage, the schedule for Saturday, June 23, begins at 11:00 a.m. with a presentation on the Battle of Fallen Timbers by Pat Stephens with the 1st Sub Legion of the United States, a partner of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission, Maumee. He plans to talk about uniforms of the battle, the importance of the battle and ravine area of the battlefield.
Also on Saturday, visitors can hear period music on the stage all afternoon. Period musicians expected to take part during the week are “Buffalo Woman” Jane Cassidy of Virginia, Hand Hewn of Delta, Amie and Bruce Brodie of Oregon (Ohio), Steve Keefer of Sidney and others.
Sunday, June 24, begins at 10:00 a.m. with an old-time church service conducted by Mike Kaufman of Defiance, who portrays a frontier preacher.
A muzzleloader shooting demonstration is set for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday as well as period music on the stage.
At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, visitors may watch rendezvous participants take part in Highland Games, a rendition of Scottish contests in which men wearing kilts and also ladies compete in various contests of skill and strength, such as the caber toss, the sheaf pitch and the haggis toss.
The featured presenter for Monday, June 25, is Carol Jarboe, of Woodburn, Ky., who will tell her first-person story at 11:00 a.m. She portrays Maggie Delaney, an Irish indentured servant in the 1700s.
Visitors later in the week may visit a portion of the encampment from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 26-28. Tours will be available on request, and shopping is available at period stores.
Food and beverages are to be available all week.
Admission is $3.00 per person ages 13 and older, and free for children ages 12 and younger.
Seven Eagles is at 16486 Wapakoneta Rd., Grand Rapids, 1 mile north of US 6 and 1 mile south of the town of Grand Rapids.
For more information, search Friends of the Old Northwest Public Days on Facebook or text (419) 966-5382.

John Pray Day Planned In Waterville
The Waterville Historical Society presents a “John Pray Day” celebration in Conrad Park on Sunday, June 24 to commemorate the arrival of John Pray to the area 200 years ago in 1818. Activities will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will include a bounce house, food trucks, kids and teen activities, as well as John Pray himself telling stories.
Then, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Waterville Friends of the Library will host “Music in the Park” featuring Buddy Love and the Coconuts.

Registration Open For Wolcott Wednesdays
The Maumee Valley Historical Society will offer Wolcott Wednesdays, a History Day Camp for children entering third through sixth grades, on Wednesdays, June 27, July 11, July 25 and August 8. Themed days include: Pioneer Life, Native Americans, School/Transportation and Fiber Arts. Each day includes crafts, games, songs, stories and old-fashioned food.
The cost is $30.00 per session per child. Registration is now available. Visit www.wolcotthouse.org for further information.

Waterville Historical Society Plans Events
The Waterville Historical Society announces its slate of programs for 2018, as well as the schedule for its walking tours and open houses.
Open houses are held at two historic homes: the 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 events are scheduled for the following Saturdays: June 30, July 28, August 25 and October 20.
The Robbins House at 114 S. River Rd., Waterville will feature new WWI displays. On the first floor are mannequins with uniforms and a very special set of stereographic photos of both Allies and Axis soldiers. Upstairs features displays on propaganda, life on the home front, and information on the Red Cross including an authentic nursing uniform.
The Sargent house next door has a new display of tools that came from the Rupp Canal Store.
The Wakeman Archival Center is also open on these Saturdays for historical research. For more information, visit www.watervillehistory.org.
Programs include:
Sunday, June 24 at Conrad Park– John Pray Day
October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Wakeman Cemetery – Ghostly Encounters V by local re-enactors.
November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Wakeman Hall – Art Stolen by Nazis in World War II by Al Geha.
December 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Fallen Timbers Fairways Club House – WHS Christmas Dinner.

Maumee Valley Historical Society Sets Annual Meeting
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Maumee Valley Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m., at the Wolcott Heritage Center.
Following the meeting, Professor Paul Chwialkowski will speak about famous Ohioan Annie Oakley, with dinner to follow.
Current, former and new members of the MVHS are welcome to attend.

Registration Opens For MVHS Summer Programs
Maumee Valley Historical Society summer program registration is now available. Featured summer programs will include:
Historic Enrichment Trip: “Courthouses, Counties and Cornfields” for teachers and history buffs, on Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17. Teachers can earn 10 contact hours. Featured stops include visiting the Wood County Courthouse, Historical Museum and Carter Farm on Monday; and on Tuesday, visiting Henry County, Napoleon, the courthouse, church, town, historical society and historic buildings.
Visit www.wolcotthouse.org for further information.

Spafford House Museum Announces Opening
The Spafford House Museum at 27340 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, is open for the 2018 season.
Hours will be Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays are available by appointment. There will be docents on duty at all times.
For further information, contact Judy Justus at (419) 874-6828.

Wakeman Summer Hours Announced
The Wakeman Archival Research Center, 401 Farnsworth Rd., Waterville, holds summer hours on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through November. The center is also open the last Saturday of the month in May, June, July, August and October.
Located upstairs at Wakeman Hall, the archives are staffed by Waterville Historical Society volunteers and contain records of Waterville organizations, businesses, churches, schools, cemeteries, 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.
Admission is free. Call (419) 878-3425 for more information or to make an appointment.

History Book Club Offered In Perrysburg
The Fort Meigs Historic Site and the Way Public Library have partnered to create the Fort Meigs History Book Club, a program for history lovers to gather together to discuss books covering a range of historical eras and topics.
The program is moderated by Geoff Earnhart, director of Fort Meigs, and takes place monthly on select Wednesdays at Fort Meigs Historic Site, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg.
All titles scheduled for the History Book Club are available to borrow from the Way Public Library. Book club meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Discussions will be approximately 45 minutes long and complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.
Featured books include Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the Westby Blaine Harden in June, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independenceby Joseph Ellis in July, The Last Town on Earth(historical fiction) by Thomas Mullen in August, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels & Indian Alliesby Alan Taylor in September, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitaniaby Erik Larson in October, The First World War by John Keegan in November, and Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truceby Stanley Weintraub in December.
The full 2018 schedule with dates and more information is available at www.fortmeigs.org/bookclub/.

Life Of Leisure Exhibit Opens At WC Museum
The Wood County Historical Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI withThe Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County, 1920-1939which runs concurrent with the museum’s WWI exhibit, Over There! Send Word, the Wood County Boys Are Coming, a Look at Wood County’s Role in WWI. The WWI exhibit opened in 2017 to honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, and both exhibits will remain on display until December 1, 2018 to commemorate the end of WWI.
Leisure will feature artifacts from the Wood County Historical Society Collection, supplemented with items and sound clips from Bowling Green State University’s Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies, Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives, and Center for Archival Collections.
The Wood County Historical Museum and County Home Gift Shop, located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, are open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on weekends from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Grounds are closed on county holidays. Admission to the museum is $5.00 per adult, $1.00 per child age 10 and younger, and free for Wood County Historical Society members. Group tours are welcome and the museum is handicapped-accessible. For more information, visit www.woodcountyhistory.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.

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