The 12th annual Wood County Living History Day is Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 pm at the Oak Grove Cemetery on the campus of BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio. Nine re-enactors will provide a first-person interpretation in period-appropriate clothing of citizens interred in Northwest Ohio cemeteries who have impacted Wood County in some way. Some of this year’s honorees were chosen because “they had a story to be told,” while others were specifically selected in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Wood County Historical Museum and accessibility advocacy. 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 Department will provide free rides up to the mound where the program will be held, with usher services provided by the BG Kiwanis Aktion Club. 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 Street.
2015 honorees are:
REV. JOHN BORN – This Prussian-born minister at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stony Ridge, from 1887-1933, saw troubled times during World War I. Portrayed by Daniel G. Beaudoin, a pastor at St. Johns Lutheran Church.
SALLY & LYLE LOOMIS – have left their legacy on Wood County with the historic Carter-Loomis Farm managed by the Wood County Park District. Portrayed by Keith & Wendy Guion.
FRED PRATT – farmer, township trustee, county commissioner and instrumental force in having the County Home transformed into the Wood County Historical Museum. Portrayed by Douglas Pratt, son of Fred Pratt.
NAOMI DeSELMS COX – As a faithful member of the United Brethren Church for 48 years, her journals from 1911-1937 give an account of daily farm life in Wood County. Portrayed by Mary Ellen Pratt.
GLADYS RICE SCHULT – Her determination to provide education for her disabled son, led this teacher to leave the legacy of Wood Lane Schools, Wood Lane Industries, and group homes in Wood County. Portrayed by Kathy East.
LLOYD CREPS – A dairy farmer who helped plant the air strips for “Bricker Field” at the Wood County Airport with a team of horses in the 1930s. Portrayed by John Creps, son of Lloyd Creps.
FRANK & LOTTIE BRANDEBERRY– Lottie was the daughter of Wood County Infirmary Superintendent and Matron Edwin and Charlotte (Tyrrell) Farmer who later took on that role with husband Frank Brandeberry. Portrayed by Felicia Konrad, great-great niece of Lottie & Frank Brandeberry, and Jeremy Bevard.
The program is presented by the Wood County Historical Society with funding provided by the Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green, Exchange Club of BG, Portage Center Arbor Gleaners 524, Women’s Club of Bowling Green, Wood County Genealogical Society, and the Wood County Historical Society. A DVD of the program can be purchased for $15 by contacting the Wood County Historical Society at 419-352-0967 by September 1, 2015.