My wife dragged me in! I really enjoyed it. A great variety of displays for a museum this size. Something to interest everyone
As a recent transplant to Southwestern Ohio I was looking for an opportunity to get involved with my new community. WCHS was the perfect fit. Their mission to celebrate history and the arts and to connect people to their community is extremely important in enhancing the educational opportunities of our children and supporting the quality of life for all. WCHS is the best kept secret in southwestern Ohio. Everyone can benefit from their excellent programs , exhibits and events,
As a curator, my focus is usually within the museum. But this museum goes out of it's way to share with others. We have programs that help children, homeless and the abused. W.C.H.S. reaches out to the community and creates an environment to teach and serve all who come here.
As a teacher, I was looking for something constructive to do during my summer break. So, I started volunteering this past summer with the Textiles Department, at the Warren County Historical Society, in Lebanon, Ohio. What a wonderful place to be! There is always something interesting going on at the Museum Center-creating new displays in the museum, Lunch and Learn Days, camps for kids, research and catalogueing new acquisitions, school group tours and preparing The Glendower Mansion for historical tours-all geared toward educating the visitors about our wonderful local history!
Always working on something exciting, in addition to 2 museums, the Society is constantly having local events which include in the spring a Pioneer Cemetery Tour, Summer History Events for Children, Civil War Encampment, Tea at the Museum or Glendower Gatherings - history based events at the Glendower Mansion, a Fall- Lebanon Historic Cemetery Tour and various Town Tours . For a few years there is a monthly Lunch and Learn event . There Something is always going on at Warren County History Center. New this year is a Friends of Jane Austen Event in May and a BBQ/ Concert event in July.
The Warren County Historical Society holds a unique position in our area. Not only do they display the artifacts of our predecessors but they exhibit them in a way to preserve the memories and everyday lives of those people. In a very unique way, the museum is a pivotal part of the community, which its self is most unusual in this fast paced world of today. The museum sets the rhythm of the year, reminding us of the past through their events and ‘experiences’. Many of the volunteers are descendants of the original settlers of the town and Warren County, personalizing the relationship with the past.
The preservation of textiles rivals that of the Art museum in Cincinnati or many of the museums in Europe. The exhibits of these and textile events promotes arts and crafts.
Most of all, the museum gently encourages the sense of belonging, missing in so many communities, making Warren County a safe and stable environment in which to raise children. It connects them to those who went before.
If you could see your ancestors,
All standing in a row,
There might be some of them, perhaps,
You wouldn't care to know.
But there's another question
Which requires a different view ...
If you could "meet" your ancestors,
Would they be proud of you?
I believe they would be proud of the Warren County Historical Society volunteers who listen to the past, share its wisdom and preserve the values held by our community for over 200 years.
A group dedicated to sharing history with current & future generations. Never static, but constantly changing to serve an ever changing community. The museum & Glendower mansion are gems of Warren county.
The Warren County Historical Society Museum, located at 105 S. Broadway in downtown Lebanon, Ohio, is a hidden treasure. This museum houses historical artifacts from the early days of Warren County up through the 20th century and also includes fine examples of Shaker furnishings and tools. An award-winning Underground Railroad interactive display is here also, along with a gift shop for those with eclectic taste. The Historical Society also owns and operates the historic Glendower Mansion, an 1840's Greek Revival mansion once belonging to Civil War General J. Durbin Ward. (Open June-September). The museum is open year 'round, Tuesday-Saturday and is free to Warren County residents.
The Warren County Historical Society and History Center is a must see for the entire family! Just featured this location in a Warren County tourism presentation for Miami University Institute of Learning in Retirement class this morning at the VOA MIAMI LEARNING CENTER, West Chester! Fantastic!
After considering multiple options for volunteer work, I accepted a Board position at the Warren County (Ohio) Historical Society, which has long been a welcoming civic anchor in historic Downtown Lebanon. Why did I choose to support the WCHS? Because I've confirmed It serves as a role model of an organization that fulfills its mission, on a limited budget, with many, many volunteers in professional and award winning ways. Like a grandfather who has long nourished his family, provided their home; remembered and told family stories of times gone by, the WCHS has done the same.
More than a club for those interested in history, that has a trio historic buildings and thousands of artifacts, the WCHS is a cultural treasure and center where people gather for unique "lunch & Learn" opportunities, antique and quilt shows, live musical performances; dramatic theater presentations, art exhibits, and civic gatherings. I'm proud to support the Warren County Historical Society!