History

Updated: August 6, 2018

Community Center Sets Trivia Night
The Monclova Historical Foundation and Community Center will host is 10th Trivia Night on Friday, August 17.
Admission is $10.00 per person. Snacks will be provided for free, or attendees can order PizzAroma 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 (six or less). The event will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
RSVP by e-mail to monclovacc@bex.net or call (419) 861-1336 by Friday, August 10.
The Monclova Community Center is located at 8115 Monclova Rd. An elevator is located at the west entrance to the building.

Lourdes Program Explores Great Lakes Pirates
The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program presents its Fall Kickoff – “Arrrrghhhhh: A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes” on Friday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. with Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Gillcrist will lead individuals on a historical and cultural re-examination of piracy and its implications for understanding Great Lakes history. No parrots or peg legs, but a healthy dose of thievery, mutiny and other unsavory tales that illustrate why Hollywood should reinvent Jack Sparrow and place him on Lake Michigan in 1880.
A lasagna lunch with garlic bread, salad and dessert is offered following the lecture. A vegetarian option is also available. After lunch, the Cake Walkin’ Jass Band will perform the authentic New Orleans jazz Toledoans have been enjoying for 50 years. The cost is $12.00 per person for lunch. Reservations are requested by Monday, August 13. For more information, visit www.lourdes.edu/lifelong, email lifelong@lourdes.edu or call (419) 824-3707.

Genealogical Society Announces Meeting
The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society on Saturday, August 18 from 2:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St., Toledo.  Please note change in location for this month’s meeting. There will be a presentation by Kelli Bergheimer – writer, teacher, editor and professional genealogist. She will speak on “Gerry’s Journey to Find Her Father – A Case History.”  Learn how to methodically organize your DNA results.  For further information, contact http://www.lucasogs.org.

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: 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 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for historical research. For more information, visit www.watervillehistory.org.
Programs include:
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.

History Comes To Life At Oak Grove Cemetery
The 15th annual Wood County Living History Day is on Sunday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery on the campus of BGSU, Bowling Green. Local residents portray citizens interred in Wood County cemeteries or who had an impact on Wood County’s leisure time of the 1920s and 1930s. 2018 honorees were chosen to coincide with the “leisure time” exhibit at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, The Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County. 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 a lawn chair. In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved to the First United Methodist Church, 1506 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.
Honorees for 2018 are:
Raymond T. George (1889-1930) – Conductor of the First Methodist Church orchestra and a member of the Bowling Green Military Band. Portrayed by local musician Cleve Patton.
Nettie Willard Lincoln (1863-1947) – A southern socialite, member of the Shakespeare Round Table, and notable landscape artist. Portrayed by Dinah Vincent.
Paul Fuller (1907-1999) – Professionally, an award-winning advertising manager for the Sentinel-Tribune, but locally dubbed a collaborator of the Bowling Green Marriage Mill. Portrayed by Thomas Edge.
Lizzie Fuller(1857-1940) – As part of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement in Grand Rapids, she helped lead raids on the local speakeasies during Prohibition. Portrayed by Stephanie Truman.
Ernest(1980-1973) and Viola(1913-1992) Walter– Owners of the Virginia Motion Picture Theatre, North Baltimore Ohio from 1936-1959. Portrayed by: David and Ellin Stoots.
Wallace Kramp(1893-1952) – This local farmer, with a community of his friends, was the catalyst for what may have been the first local depression-era penny auction. Portrayed by Michael Ginnetti.
Georgia Sargent Waugh(1891-1974) – The leader of the Kitchen Kazoo Orchestra of the Portage Township homemakers. Portrayed by Michele Raine of the Wood County District Public Library.
Event details and past honorees can be found at www.woodcountyhistory.org.

History & Hops Tour Begins In September
The Toledo History Museum (THM) invites guests to explore Toledo through the lens of the area’s rich beer brewing history. By combining a bus tour and beer tastings with historical digital and audio content, THM’s History and Hops Brewery Tour will fully immerse guests in the proud tradition of local beer brewing and the Toledo story as it has never been told before, starting on Saturday, September 1.
Starting at various local breweries on the first and third Saturday of each month, guests will board a luxury excursion bus to tour the Toledo Brewery Trail and learn how beer brewing played an important role in Toledo’s past –and continues to shape our future.
Tickets are $45.00 for Toledo History Museum members and $50.00 for nonmembers, which includes the history tour and beer tasting. The bus leaves at 3:00 p.m. and returns to the brewery at 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be booked online at www.toledohistory.org. Private tours can also be arranged. All proceeds benefit the Toledo History Museum.

Spafford House Museum Announces Opening
The Spafford 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 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 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 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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