BACH EXHIBIT OPENING THIS WEEK

A grand opening celebration & open house for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM….

The Wood County Museum will be opening a new permanent exhibit, “The Mary & Carl Bach Story”, on October 1, 2020. This exhibit confronts the folklore surrounding the most recognized object in the museum’s collection – Mary’s fingers. Human remains exhibited in unnatural circumstances can be emotionally concerning while inexplicably fascinating to visitors, but there is more to the story. This exhibit contextualizes how Carl & Mary met, what led to the murder, and what the trial transcripts reveal.

A grand opening celebration & open house for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. A ribbon cutting, courtesy of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 4:00 PM on the museum lawn. In addition to the ribbon cutting, The Cocoon will display “The Wood County Clothesline Project” on the Museum front lawn. Visitors will be expected to wear a facemask or covering and respect a six-foot distance from other visitors.  The 30,000 square-foot museum building provides ample room for social distancing.

 

If inclement weather arises, the outdoor ceremony will be cancelled, but will be available on the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Facebook for online viewing. Limited capacity tours of the Bach exhibit will still be available during the open house.

 

RSVP’s appreciated, send to marketing@woodcountyhistory.org

This exhibit was made possible with support from Anonymous, Mike & Terri Marsh, Alicia’s Voice, The Cocoon, Wood County ADAMHS Board & NAMI, Doug & Sandy Kerr, Kelli Kling, Melissa Krieger, Michael Sibbersen, Elizabeth Geer, Michael Penrod, Patricia Limes, Corey & Jodi Speweik, and the Wood County Historical Society. Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

 

The museum is open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.

 

 

All events detailed at woodcountyhistory.org or by following the Wood County Museum on social media. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green.

October at the Wood County Museum

New exhibit, German-American day, and more……

UPCOMING FALL EVENTS

The Wood County Museum will be opening a new permanent exhibit, The Mary & Carl Bach Story, on October 1, 2020.
“The Mary & Carl Bach Story”
Exhibit opens: October 1, 2020

The Wood County Museum will be opening a new permanent exhibit, The Mary & Carl Bach Story, on October 1, 2020.

This exhibit confronts the folklore surrounding the most recognized object in the museum’s collection – Mary’s fingers. Human remains exhibited in unnatural circumstances can be emotionally concerning while inexplicably fascinating to visitors, but there is more to the story. This exhibit contextualizes how Carl & Mary met, what led to the murder, and what the trial transcripts reveal.

A grand opening celebration & open house for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. A ribbon cutting, courtesy of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 4:00 PM on the museum lawn.

THIS IS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, The Cocoon will display “The Wood County Clothesline Project” on the Museum front lawn.

Visitors will be expected to wear a facemask or covering and respect a six-foot distance from other visitors. The 30,000 square-foot museum building provides ample room for social distancing. RSVP’s appreciated, send to marketing@woodcountyhistory.org

This exhibit was made possible with support from Anonymous, Mike & Terri Marsh, Alicia’s Voice, The Cocoon, Wood County ADAMHS Board & NAMI, Doug & Sandy Kerr, Kelli Kling, Melissa Krieger, Michael Sibbersen, Elizabeth Geer, Michael Penrod, Patricia Limes, Corey & Jodi Speweik, and the Wood County Historical Society. Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

Continued support of quality and innovative programs, like this exhibit, can be made by visiting the museum’s website at woodcountyhistory.org

German-American Day
October 7th 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, from 7-9PM, the Wood County Museum is holding its 17th annual German-American Day program.  This year’s topic is, “German Genes?  How Deutsch is your DNA?”  Have you ever taken DNA test to determine your heritage?  Have the results, whether confirming or denying your German heritage, affected your sense of German or German-American identity?  If so, please RSVP to attend this year’s German-American Day and share your story.  Each registered participant will be give time to tell their story about their German heritage, or lack thereof. 
 
Due to state and county Covid restrictions, this event is limited to the first 15 registered guests.  If you wish to attend, please call the Wood County Museum at 419-352-0967 and RSVP with your name, the number of guests attending, and your phone number.  A $10 donation for non-members, and a $5 donation for members is requested.  The museum will remain open the night of German-American Day until 9PM for registered guests.  Masks are required at all times in the building.

Brought to you by the Wood County Historical Society with support from Melissa Krieger and Larry & Fran Weiss.

Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.
 
The Wood County Museum is open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10-4, and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4.  Please visit your Wood County Museum’s website at woodcountyhistory.org or follow us on Facebook & Instagram at Wood County Museum.

MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP MEANS MORE

Not yet a member? Join today and support YOUR local museum!

Member benefits: Free Museum Admission, Admission discounts on teas and other programs, Invitations to member-only events, Chanticleer quarterly newsletter, 10% off Gift Shop items, Satisfaction of supporting the educational programs and preservation efforts of the Society.

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Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020

WC Museum Scarecrow Contest

Individuals, families, and organizations are invited to show their community spirit by creating a scarecrow for display on the grounds of the Wood County Museum….

An autumn community tradition is back for its 19th season. Individuals, families, and organizations are invited to show their community spirit by creating a scarecrow for display on the grounds of the Wood County Museum. The contest is free to enter. Cash prizes are provided by sponsors. Registration is required and can easily be completed by visiting wcparks.org, or calling 419-353-1897.

While at home, with a little straw and some imagination, make your creation “come to life.” Once completed, bring your finished creation on

Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00 – 7:30 pm to display at the Wood County Museum, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Fence posts will be provided. Scarecrow straw, clothing, and parts will not be provided.

1st prize: $100 sponsored by Robert K. Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.

2nd prize: $50 sponsored by Kathrens Insurance Agency

3rd prize: $25 sponsored by InTech IT Solutions

16 & under prize: $25 sponsored by Grounds for Thought

Scarecrows will be displayed on the Museum lawn October 14-25. Museum grounds are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Registration deadline is Sunday, October 11. For contest rules & regulations and information about additional programs, adventures, and activities, visit wcparks.org.

 

 

LIVING HISTORY AT THE WOOD COUNTY MUSEUM

17th Annual Living History Program Highlights some of Wood County’s “Firsts”…..

The 17th annual Wood County Living History Day is Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 pm. The event will take place on the Wood County Museum grounds. Local residents will portray early citizens of Wood County.  2020 honorees were chosen as we honor Wood County’s bicentennial celebration. This event is free and open to the public.

“A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot. The Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides from the parking lot to the program location. This year due to COVID-19, those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair and mask.  In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved inside the Museum’s meeting room (limited capacity of 35 to adhere to social distancing guidelines).

2020 Honorees are:

HARRIET COVERT BATTLES – President of the first Wood County Women’s Suffrage Club. Portrayed by Joyce Coutinho

SHERIFF GEORGE MURRAY BROWN – Wood County Sheriff (1882-1887) oversaw the hanging of Carl Bach (Wood County Courthouse) and Arthur J. Glover (Ohio Penitentiary) Portrayed by: Sheriff Mark Waslyshyn

CHARLES EVERS – Former editor of the Wood County Sentinel & Author of “Pioneer Scrapbook of Wood County”.  Portrayed by: Thomas Edge

PETER KRAMP – The “Oil Prince of Wood County”. Portrayed by: Geoff Howes

ELIZABETH LAFARRIE- A pioneer wife who overcame death and disease to clear the swamp in 1832. Portrayed by: Heather Bloom

CHARLES SUMNER VAN TASSEL – Former editor of the Wood County Sentinel & Author of “The First One Hundred Years of Bowling Green”.  Portrayed by: Bob Midden

JOHN WHITEHEADProminent doctor in early Wood County; commemorated by the Cunning & Whitehead Building in Downtown Bowling Green. Portrayed by: Gus Coutinho

DOTTIE ZIMMERMAN – A teacher for 50-years starting with the Portage Village one-room school, Weston Township DeWeese, and Weston School. Portrayed by: Alyssa Garland

 Event details and past honorees can be found at woodcountyhistory.org

Support for this program was provide by, Exchange Club of Bowling Green, Portage Center Arbor Gleaners 524, Wood County Genealogical Society, Michele Raine, Mike Sibbersen, Frisch Family Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation , Wood County Historical Society, With additional support from: City of Bowling Green, Wood County Sheriff & Auxiliary, DBD Sound Reinforcement, and the Living History Day committee.  Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

New Sign goes up at NB Historical Society

Another Eagle Scout project completed by Troop 315 Candidate….

In spite of a pandemic, there are still good things happening at the Historical Society.  A new sign was installed on Thursday afternoon by Eagle Scout candidate Jordan Kimmel of NB Boy Scout Troop 315.  Jordan planned, designed and completed the project in coordination with the NB library board and the NBOAHS board. 

Eagle Scout Candidate Jordan Kimmel with his completed project –a new sign at the NB Historical Society. Well Done, Jordan!!


Jordan got a little help from family and friends:  Mike Kimmel, Marina Kimmel, Cheryl Kimmel (supervisor), Johnnie Hernandez, Levi Trout, Wyatt Mowery, and Larry Bateson.  The sign stands in front of the L. L. Trout Sr. parlor window facing Main Street.

Many hands pitching in to help…..
Jordan adding some landscaping
Jordan and his Dad

 

Source: Thanks to Margaret Bobb for submitting this information to TheNBXpress

KITCHEN & LAUNDRY PORCH EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY

Displayed on the Museum’s east wing porch through Friday, June 19th…..

The creative curatorial team at the Wood County Museum wants to keep you connected all summer. We are thrilled to announce new rotating outdoor porch exhibit “Kitchen Confidential”. Originally this exhibit was featured as a period room in the Museum. Kitchen & laundry inventions give light to how people completed laundry & kitchen tasks in the past. “Kitchen Confidential” will be displayed on the Museum’s east wing porch through Friday, June 19th. 

The Museum also offers three online exhibits, these are all available at woodcountyhistory.org. Also available from the website is a Wood County (non)Driving tour – 32 audio tracks, all featuring local musicians, of short narratives about some of the most interesting features or histories in our Wood County towns. 

Questions can be directed to the Museum at any time by calling 419-352-0967 or email marketing@woodcountyhistory.org


As always, the grounds are a public park maintained by the Wood County Park District and are open daily 8 AM until 30 minutes past sunset. Additional information about the grounds can be found from the website or in kiosks near the parking lot and herb garden. The Wood County Museum, located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Wood County Museum Wins National Award

This is the forth award for this exhibit….

FOR COMFORT & CONVENIENCE EXHIBIT WINS NATIONAL 2020 AASLH AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

 

Bowling Green, OH –  The Wood County Museum received the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Excellence for the exhibit For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio By Way of the Poor Farm. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

                   

This exhibit explores the administrative story about public charity in Ohio that dates as early as 1816 using photographs, ephemera, and interpretive panels.  It also explores the rise of the Ohio State Board of Charities in 1867, its transition in the 1930s to the Ohio Department of Public Welfare, Division of Aged, and how the preservation of former Wood County Infirmary as the current Wood County Museum impacts the story of public charity in Ohio.

 

With the help of local photographer Jeffrey Hall, a journey of over 5,000 miles to all 88 counties documented the current condition of each former poor farm site.  These photographs connect past and present, bringing the history of the poor farm system to the forefront as a catalyst for conversation about the situations and policies that led people across Ohio to be housed in these places.

 

The exhibit was made possible by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Humanities Council, with a generous in-kind donation of photography services by Jeffrey Hall. 

 

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to www.aaslh.org. The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history.

 

This is the forth award for this exhibit; the Museum was recognized by the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office, and the Ohio Museums Association.

 

For more information, contact the Wood County Museum at 419-352-0967 or visit www.woodcountyhistory.org.

WC Museum News

Show your museum pride with our new t-shirt featuring our new logo…..

MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER

Under the guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Health and Wood County Commissioners, the Wood County Museum will remain closed to the public until further notice. As we await a date to re-open the Museum, staff have made some difficult decisions regarding 2020 programming.

In the interest of public health, the 2020 Tea Series will be rescheduled for 2021. All of the speakers slated for 2020 are still excited to share their stories, so all program topics will remain the same. All reservations will automatically transfer to its corresponding 2021 date unless we are notified otherwise. Any attendee that would not like to make this transfer can contact the museum for a refund or may consider their payment a tax-deductible donation to help offset the impact of COVID-19.

Questions can be directed to the Museum at any time by calling 419-352-0967 or email marketing@woodcountyhistory.org


Sincerely,
Kelli M. Kling
Director, Wood County Museum

POSTPONED EVENTS

THIS PLACE MATTERS (VIRTUAL) GROUP PHOTO


Join us for our annual “THIS PLACE MATTERS” photo in support of your local preservation efforts.

This year the event will be held virtually. Participants will be asked to submit a photo with their THIS PLACE MATTERS signs. More information to come. 

Get the new Wood County Museum shirt (link at bottom of newsletter) from Jupmode to wear in your photo. What a great way to show your support!
 

WHISKEY TASTING MOVED TO SEPT 23

Historical Program & Whiskey Tasting with Elliot MacFarlane
NEW DATE: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wood County Museum | 419-352-0967 | marketing@woodcountyhistory.org

Contact us if you would like to be notified about a future tasting event or put on the waiting list for September 23!


CANCELLED EVENTS

LIVING HISTORY ALONG THE PORTAGE

DEMONSTRATION DAY
Wood County Museum Boom Town
May 30-31, 2020
 

POWER OF YESTERYEAR TRACTOR SHOW

DEMONSTRATION DAY
Wood County Museum Boom Town
Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 10 AM – 5 PM & Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 10 AM – 3


AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY

DEMONSTRATION DAY
Wood County Museum Boom Town
2 PM Saturday, June 27 – 2 PM Sunday, June 28, 2020

All other events pending. Updates at woodcountyhistory.org or follow us on Facebook & Instagram.
 
The creative team at the Wood County Museum wants to keep you connected, and is thrilled to announce new rotating outdoor porch exhibits for the public throughout the summer. The first exhibit, “Journey Stories,” shows how the evolution of transportation and mobility changed the landscape of early Wood County. As we recognize 2020 as our bicentennial, this exhibit reminds us how the hopes of a fresh start in a new land offered the thrill of travel but also the grim realities of the Black Swamp. This exhibit will be on display from the museum porch through Wednesday, May 27. 

ONLINE TOURS AVAILABLE!

UTOPIA: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home

These images tell the stories of what makes Wood County so special, and remind us of the beauty that surrounds us every day.
 VIEW THE GALLERY and purchase a print in support of the Historical Society.


A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH:
Societal Response to Disease

Learn more about the pandemics that came before COVID-19. Hand-washing and social distancing of the last hundred years. 
VIEW THE GALLERY


CHASING THE WHITE RABBIT:
An Historical Look at American Mental Illness

Follow the misconceptions and advancements in mental health.
VIEW THE GALLERY


WOOD COUNTY (non)DRIVING TOUR (audio)

Take an audio trip around Wood County with stories about Devil’s Hole Road, the Great Black Fire of North Baltimore, the Legacy of Edward Ford, & much more.
 LISTEN NOW

LYLE FLETCHER ARBORETUM

 online guide is available 

The arboretum is dedicated to Lyle Fletcher (1901 – 2001) – reporter, editor, meteorologist, author, professor, and historian of Wood County. His prolific career included saving the Wood County Infirmary (now the Museum) from demolition in the early 1970s.

The museum grounds are open to the public daily 8 AM until 30 minutes past sunset and is maintained by the Wood County Park District.

Show your museum pride with our new t-shirt featuring our new logo, which is visible from 6-feet away. Poly/Cotton blend fitted tees are $20 through Jupmode’s Here For Good campaign, with $10 of every shirt purchase coming directly back to the Historical Society. Buy more than one and send a gift to someone far (or near) and help the Society even more.

Order yours today! It’s for a good cause and we can all wear them for the annual THIS PLACE MATTERS (virtual) group photo, which will be held later this year. 
PURCHASE A SHIRT!
During these unsettling times, the Wood County Museum is working hard to bring the Museum to you through social media, web resources, and a beautiful 50-acre park where you can get fresh air and maintain social distancing. We are, however, facing a major loss in visitation revenue due to this crisis, revenue that funds our educational outreach through programs and exhibits.

Making a tax-deductible donation to the Annual Campaign is an investment in these services so that we can continue to preserve our rich and unusual history and tell your story.

You can also become a member of the Historical Society to show your support.

APRIL & MAY TEA’S RESCHEDULED

Wood County Historical Center and Museum closed until April 30th………

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following 2020 Tea & Talk Series events have been rescheduled for a later date.
If you are currently registered for one or more of the Tea’s this year, please look at the information below. 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
WAS: APRIL 9, 2020
NEW DATE: JUNE 4, 2020 (formerly April Tea)

WOOD COUNTY’S BICENTENNIAL:
WHOSE HISTORY IS IT?
Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Hear about some of the lesser-known people and events in Northwest Ohio’s history as we explore how history “is not what it was.” 
Presented by Dr. Becky Mancuso, BGSU Department of History

Catering courtesy of Carpe Diem Catering, Pemberville OH.
Sponsored by: Edwin & Irma Wolf

If you are already registered and would like to stay registered, your information will automatically be updated in our system.
PLEASE EMAIL US BACK WITH “KEEP ME REGISTERED”

If you are unable to attend, please contact Marissa Muniz at marketing@woodcountyhistory.org or call 419-352-0967 to start the cancellation and refund process.
Purchase Tickets!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
WAS: MAY 14, 2020
NEW DATE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 (formerly May Tea)

WHIMSIES & WHIRLIGIGS:
MOVIN’ THROUGH THE ARCHIVES
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Over the years, the Wood County Historical Society has collected a lot of paper related to Wood County! Museum Curator, Holly Kirkendall, shares some of the treasures stored behind closed doors. 
Presented by Holly Kirkendall, Wood County Museum

Catering courtesy of Share Our Grounds, Whitehouse Ohio.
Sponsored by: Lynn & Betty Wineland

If you are already registered and would like to stay registered, your information will automatically be updated in our system.
PLEASE EMAIL US BACK WITH “KEEP ME REGISTERED”

If you are unable to attend, please contact Marissa Muniz at marketing@woodcountyhistory.org or call 419-352-0967 to start the cancellation and refund process.
Purchase Tickets!

WOOD COUNTY MUSEUM UPDATE

COVID-19…….

In consideration of the health of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and the community at large, the Wood County Museum is closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and will remain closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020. The Museum grounds will remain open as a public park daily from 8 AM until 30 minutes past sunset.

All events, tours, & rentals scheduled from now through April 30 are canceled and in the process of being rescheduled. Updates will be posted at woodcountyhistory.org 

All volunteer shifts & meetings are cancelled. Alternate arrangements can be made by calling the museum at 419-352-0967.

The Wood County Museum will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations of local, state, and national organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

We encourage you to stay connected to the Museum on social media, where we will continue to post historical musings and museum activity.