History

Updated: February 12, 2019

Lucas County Genealogical Society To Meet

The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Genacross Lutheran Services-Wolf Creek campus, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd.

Turn into entrance at traffic light opposite Pilliod Road.  Bear left to Forest View building. Once inside the building, turn left to proceed to chapel/meeting room. All are welcome. There will be a presentation by William J. Priest regarding “Organizing Your Genealogy.” What can you do with all of that “stuff” that you’ve been collecting? Helpful advice will be provided. For further information, contact http://www.lucasogs.org.

Wolcott Guild Lecture Series Speakers Announced

The 2019 Wolcott Guild lecture series will be held on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Toledo Lucas County Public Library Maumee branch at 501 River Rd. Admission is free. For more information, contact Judy Justus at (419) 874-5828.

Topics include: “Little-Known Stories of Early Americans That I Found When Researching for Something Else” by author Frank Kuron on February 21, “The Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794” by historian Joel Berg on February 28, “General William Henry Harrison” by Frank Butwin on March 7, “I Have Some Unusual Stories to Tell You!” by raconteur Jim Bowsher on March 14, “Continuing the Custer Story in the West” by Steve Alexander on March 21 and “Well Hello Dolley! (Madison, That Is)” by Marty Hogle on March 28.

Fort Meigs History Roundtable Topic Announced

The Fort Meigs History Roundtable will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. Come to Fort Meigs to hear about the life and career of Gen. Anthony Wayne, and his role in extending American control on the frontier. Mary Stockwell discusses her 2017 book, Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Get more information at fortmeigs.org/roundtable.

Monclova Community Center To Host Trivia Night

The Monclova Historical Foundation and Community Center will host its 12th Trivia Night on Friday, February 22 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Start assembling teams of six or less. Admission is $10.00 per person. Snacks will be provided for free, or attendees can order PizzaAroma Pizza. The event is for adults 21 and over, and it is BYOB. There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and cash prizes for the winning team.

Reservations are required by Monday, February 18. E-mail MonclovaCommunityCenter@gmail.com or call (419) 861-1336 for reservations.

The Monclova Community Center is located at 8115 Monclova Rd. An elevator is located at the west entrance to the building.

Wood County Historical Museum Features Exhibit

The Wood County Historical Museum opened the 2019 season on February 1 with a new exhibit, For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm. The exhibit depicts Ohio’s earliest form of public charity, the poor farm, by representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Historical documentation shared from many counties will be placed within diorama-style exhibits, along with 120 modern-day photographs of each county taken by local photographer Jeffrey Hall over the last two years.

The exhibit examines the architecture and design of institutional life in Ohio as characterized by the Ohio State Board of Charities, and the people who worked to uphold “comfort and convenience” for public charity. These early standards set in motion a variety of social welfare practices that are used today.

This exhibit was made possible by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Humanities Council.

The museum will be 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. 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 & Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicapped-accessible and group tours are welcome.

A grand opening celebration for the exhibit will take place on Friday, February 22 with a ribbon cutting at 4:45 p.m. followed by a public reception and self-guided tours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Exhibit photographer Jeff Hall will share remarks at 6:00 p.m. about his 5,000-mile journey to Ohio’s poor farm sites.

For more information, visit www.woodcountyhistory.org.

Fort Meigs Offers Winter Hours Through March

The Fort Meigs Historic Site winter season runs from January through March with the museum and visitor center open on Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. Evening programs such as the history book club and lecture series will meet at regularly scheduled times. Museum tours are available throughout the year from Wednesday to Sunday with advanced reservations. The reconstructed fort will reopen in April.

Fort Meigs, the largest reconstructed, wooden-walled fort in the country, is located 1 mile west of downtown Perrysburg on West River Road. For more information, visit www.fortmeigs.org or call (800) 283-8916.

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