History

Updated: February 26, 2018

Ritzee Resale Seeks Donations For Fundraiser
Ritzee Resale is accepting donations of new and gently used women’s and men’s accessories and formal wear, such as jewelry, shoes, purses, belts, scarves, hats, gloves, eye wear, ties, etc., and unopened bath and beauty products.
Drop off items at the Monclova Community Center, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Or contact Cathy Craig for pickup at (419) 351-6218.
The sale will be held on Friday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Monclova Community Center.
All proceeds benefit Monclova Community Center and Historical Foundation and its many programs for people throughout our communities.
For more information on the center or Ritzee Resale, visit www.ritzeeresale.com or www.MonclovaCommunityCenter.com or call (419) 861-1336. The Monclova Historical Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; your donation may be tax-deductible.

Wolcott Museum Guild Plans History Lecture
The Wolcott House Museum Guild, in conjunction with the Maumee branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, will present Frank E. Kuron as frontiersman William Whiteley on Thursday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Maumee Branch Library.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. If the weather is inclement and the Maumee schools are closed, the lecture will be canceled. Contact Judy Justus at (419) 874-6828 with any questions.

Spring Luncheon/Fashion Show Raises Funds
The Perrysburg Area Historic Museum presents “Welcome, Spring ’18,” a luncheon/fashion show, on Saturday, March 10 at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club.
Among the models, 16 “Perrysburg celebrities” will help to show fashions from Perrysburg shops: Elegant Rags, Gypsie Soul, Ragazza and Vivian Kate. Men’s fashions will be offered by V-Collection of Sylvania in partnership with V-Contour of Perrysburg. Doors will be open at 11:00 a.m. to allow time for browsing the silent auction items prior to lunch at noon, followed by the fashion show. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets are $40.00. Reservations are required by Tuesday, March 6. Call Phyllis Morton at (419) 872-0846. Seating is limited.
This is a fundraiser for the construction of a barn for The Spafford House Museum, 27340 W. River Rd., Perrysburg.

Fort Meigs Offers Tea And Historic Crafts
The Fort Meigs Visitor Center will host a tea and historical craft programs on Sunday, March 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The program is suitable for ages 6 and older.
General admission to the site is required. In addition to the tea, admission includes entrance to the Legacy of Freedom museum exhibit. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for students. Children ages 5 and under and Ohio History Connection members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit www.fortmeigs.org.

Waterville Historical Society Plans Events
The Waterville Historical Society announces its slate of programs for 2018, as well as the schedule for the walking tours and open houses.
Programs include:
Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m at Browning Masonic Community – World War II Overview by Joel Burg.
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Browning Masonic Community – John Pray by Jim Conrad.
Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Wakeman Hall – Relatives Hiding in Federal Records by Marjorie Waterfield.
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 WWII by Al Geha.
December 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Fallen Timbers Fairways Club House – WHS Christmas Dinner.
The open houses are held at 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 events are scheduled for the following Saturdays: April 28, May 19, June 30, July 28, August 25 and October 20.
The Wakeman Archival Center is also open on these Saturdays for historical research. For more information, visit www.watervillehistory.org.

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, 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 Chancellorsville by Stephen Sears in February, Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly in March, Autum of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion of the Old Northwest by William Hogeland in April, The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman in May, Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden in June, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by 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 Allies by Alan Taylor in September, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson in October, The First World War by John Keegan in November, and Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by 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 with The Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County, 1920-1939 which 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.

Wolcott Museum Complex Seeks Docents
The Wolcott Museum is in need of docents to guide tours through the complex buildings. Docents are needed two to four hours on Saturdays and Sundays and on some weekdays for school visits.
This is a volunteer position, but those who participate are welcome to attend the many social events that take place at the complex.
This is a perfect opportunity for a retired schoolteacher, or for someone who enjoys sharing education.
Those interested in becoming a docent may call the museum at (419) 893-9602 or e-mail Kathy Dowd at curator@wolcotthouse.org.

Spafford House Museum Announces Hours
The 1823 Spafford House Museum is closed for the winter until Friday, April 6.
If there are any groups who wish a private tour during this time, contact Judith Justus at (419) 874-6828.
The museum will, however, sponsor its annual Christmas Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17 from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. On the first floor in the Keeping Room will be featured various elaborate holiday displays with complete houses and figure scenes. In the Judge’s Chamber will be Father Christmas figures, Santa Claus and snowmen on display. There are decorated rooms upstairs and fir trees throughout the house. A wide choice of cookies and appetizers will be offered.
Come visit this historic venue and share in the holiday spirit. There is no admission charge.

Wakeman Winter Hours Announced
The Wakeman Archival Research Center, 401 Farnsworth Rd., Waterville will offer winter hours as staff is available on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Look for the open flag on the front of the building.
Located upstairs at Wakeman Hall, the archives is staffed by Waterville Historical Society volunteers and contains records of Waterville organizations, businesses, churches, schools, cemeteries etc. as well as family files and local history. Admission is free. Call (419) 878-3425 for more information or to make an appointment. Summer hours will resume in May 2018.

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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