History

Updated: October 8, 2018

Waterville Historical Society Plans Fall Events
The Waterville Historical Society WHS will host its last open house and walking tour for 2018 on Saturday, October 20. Come to the Robbins House at 114 S. River Rd. at 9:00 a.m. for the Downtown Tour, and to Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth, at noon for the Uptown Tour. Both houses on River Road will be open from 9:00 a.m. to noon and the Wakeman Archival Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25 finds WHS “scaring the pants off” Waterville with its Halloween Spooktacular from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 114-118 S. River Rd. Take a walk from Third Street east on Farnsworth Rd. and be directed down a spooky alley that leads to our River Road campus where you will be greeted with ghost stories around a campfire, a boneyard full of spines, Halloween games, and a creepy couple named Sargent reincarnated for this one evening.  There will also be a photo booth to capture the fun event, a Hot Beverage Bar courtesy of Biggby Coffee, and the Holey Toledough Doughnut Truck that features one-of-a-kind treats!Appropriate for all ages, costumes or not.
On Wednesday, November 14, WHS will host a program by Al Geha titled “Art Stolen by Nazis in WWII.” Stop by Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth at 7:00 p.m. for this interesting presentation.
Saturday, December 1 finds WHS illuminating the town for the holidays when Light Up Waterville begins in the uptown area at 5:00 p.m. Spread some holiday cheer with friends and family.
And last, but not least …the Polar Bear Plunge takes place on Tuesday, January 1. Do you have what it takes?
The Robbins House on River Road still has exhibits related to WWI, since 2018 is the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending “the war to end all wars.” Many insightful displays are available for viewing both upstairs and downstairs.

Granite City Food & Brewery Plans Dine2Donate
Granite City Food and Brewery in The Shops at Fallen Timbers will host a Dine2Donate for Waterville Historical Society on Sunday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
To-go orders are included and reservations are available if desired at www.gcfb.com or call (419) 878-9050. Tell your server that you are with the Waterville Historical Society (WHS) and Granite City will donate 20 percent of the total check to WHS.

Garrison Ghost Walk Planned In Perrysburg
Fort Meigs Historic Site will host its frightfully fun Garrison Ghost Walk on Fridays and Saturdays, October 19-20 and 26-27.
Come for a “spirited” stroll around the fort grounds with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. Enjoy hearing fun and eerie tales from the past by firelight as each group visits 4-5 storytelling stations within the fort after dark. Proceeds from this event benefit the Old Northwest Military History Association.
All-ages tours are held at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. while adult-only tours take place at 8:45 and 9:00 p.m. Advance tickets required and can be purchased online only, with a credit card. No sales at the door. Visit www.fortmeigs.org.

LCC Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting Set
TheLucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd. Enter by Forest View entrance and turn left to chapel/meeting room. All are welcome.
There will be a presentation by Jan Whitaker, LCOGS board member, titled “United States Immigration and Naturalization: Patterns and Policies.” Tracing back to the first European settlement, who immigrated here and where they settled will be discussed. The development and refinement of policies over the years regarding how to handle these arriving immigrants with the development of laws controlling immigration and the establishment of various agencies to enforce these laws will also be discussed. For further information, contact http://www.lucasogs.org.

Spafford House Museum Announces Opening
TheSpafford House Museum at 27340 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, is open for the 2018 season. Displays and furniture honor early settlers and Native Americans who lived in the Black Swamp. A variety of displays about common daily living chores provide enjoyable learning opportunities for students of all ages. From spinning wheels to Native American clothing, artifacts and toys, there are many items to peruse for an engaging visit to the past.
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 Seasonal Hours Announced
The Wakeman Archival Research Center, 401 Farnsworth Rd., Waterville, holds seasonal 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
TheFort 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 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 LeisureExhibit 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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