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Celebrating our 70th Anniversary in 2017

1947 – 2017

The Delaware County Historical Society

The Delaware County Historical Society, founded in 1947 celebrates 70 years in 2017. As part of that celebration, we have compiled information and images from the Society’s history into a History Timeline. This will be an ongoing effort adding new images, videos, and documents to this section of our website.

We are pleased to present
A History Timeline of DCHS Milestones

1947 – Delaware County Historical Society is incorporated 1947 – Delaware County Historical Society is incorporated
1954 – Pauline Nash donates her home to DCHS 1954 – Pauline Nash donates her home to DCHS
1955 – Delaware County Historical Museum (Nash House) opens 1955 – Delaware County Historical Museum (Nash House) opens
1971 – Historical Society builds Museum Annex 1971 – Historical Society builds Museum Annex
1996 – Society receives Mendenhall Property Searching Tool 1996 – Society receives Mendenhall Property Searching Tool
2010 – Tom & Carolyn Porter gift Meeker Property to Society 2010 – Tom & Carolyn Porter gift Meeker Property to Society
2011 – William Street campus renamed Cryder Historical Center 2011 – William Street campus renamed Cryder Historical Center
2016 – The Barn at Stratford opens as event venue 2016 – The Barn at Stratford opens as event venue
2016 – Meeker Homestead Museum opens to the public 2016 – Meeker Homestead Museum opens to the public
2017 Oak Grove Cemetery Walks add live Re-enactors 2017 Oak Grove Cemetery Walks add live Re-enactors
2019 – Voices of the Underground Railroad Program 2019 – Voices of the Underground Railroad Program
2019 American Indian Program 2019 American Indian Program
2019 – Historic 1840s Barn Renovation 2019 – Historic 1840s Barn Renovation

1947 – Delaware County Historical Society is incorporated

1947-11-03 Delaware County Historical Society is incorporated by the Ohio Secretary of State, with Wilbur Main as its first president.

1954 – Pauline Nash donates her home to DCHS

Pauline Nash - Nash House Donor - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware OhioPauline Nash donates her home to DCHS, and receives lifetime annuity.

1955 – Delaware County Historical Museum (Nash House) opens

1955-04-17

Delaware County Historical Museum opens; today known as the Nash House Museum

1971 – Historical Society builds Museum Annex

Museum Annex is built for $26,000; opens October 1971 with displays and meeting space.

1996 – Society receives Mendenhall Property Searching Tool

Society accepts donation of the Mendenhall “Property Searching Tool”.  Since 1997 visitors have been using this card index of property deed transactions to research ownership information about their homes and land.  Mr. Mendenhall was a title agent who abstracted deeds covering most of the nineenth century.  The photo shows Curator Marilyn Cryder and President Sharlene Shoaf with the Mendenhall files

2010 – Tom & Carolyn Porter gift Meeker Property to Society

Tom and Carolyn Porter donate Meeker Property to The Delaware County Historical Society.  The Meeker Homestead comprises: six acres of land, the Meeker Home, and the Garth Oberlander Barn, and the additional mid-century Rear Barn, with storage and garage space.

2011 – William Street campus renamed Cryder Historical Center

2011-03-26

George and Marilyn Cryder were known as “living encyclopedias” and local historians before they died.

On March 26, the Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) campus at 157 E. William St. became the Cryder Historical Center.

“They were certainly important to the Historical Society and this county in terms of preserving the history,” said DCHS president Brent Carson, shown with Sandra Cryder holding the dedication plaque.

 

2016 – The Barn at Stratford opens as event venue

The Barn at Stratford, formerly the home of Garth’s Auctions and known as the Garth Oberlander Barn opened as an Event Venue to offer this historic building to the community and the provide funding for the building’s restoration and maintenance. The Barn at Stratford opened with a weekend of open houses with food and entertainment to welcome the public to this new facility.  The opening is the result of the Porter’s generous gift to the Delaware County Historical Society and great efforts by the Society’s volunteers and Connie Hoffman.  Connie was the Project Manager for the Barn Event Venue Project and has accepted the job of Barn Event Venue Manager.  The Barn at Stratford is ready to host both public and private events including Barn Weddings, Business Meetings, Exhibits and Peformances, as well as celebrations of all sorts (Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Graduation, Engagement, and more).

2016 – Meeker Homestead Museum opens to the public

Meeker Homestead Museum opens to the public on Sunday afternoon tours.  The first temporary exhibit was political memorabilia, and ran from Labor Day until Election Day.

2017 Oak Grove Cemetery Walks add live Re-enactors

The Society has conducted guided walks through our history and people on Oak Grove Cemetery Walks for many years.  Starting in 2017, the walks let visitors “Meet the citizens from Delaware’s past” as costumed interpreters their stories at tombstones throughout the cemetery.  Visitors applauded and shared glowing praises about the living history format.

2019 – Voices of the Underground Railroad Program

Voices of the Underground Railroad presents a series of 10 vignettes about the Underground Railroad (UGRR) in and around Delaware County during the era prior to the Civil War.

You will hear from local people who were involved in the Underground Railroad :

  • Abraham Depp, a freeman
  • Abolitionists like Ostrander’s William Cratty
  • Peru Township’s Phoebe Benedict
  • Mary Frances (Alston) Austin, the last surviving freed slave to arrive in Delaware County
  • Runaway slave Asbury Parker’s slave narrative
  • and several others.

2019 American Indian Program

The Society presented American Indian Relations in the 21st   Century

Brent Carson introduced the program with a short sketch about Pluggy’s Town, Delaware American Indian settlement.

Karen Hildebrand will introduce the speaker and announce a new school program “Early Settlers and the American Indians in Delaware County, Ohio“. It is being developed the Delaware County Historical Society Curriculum Support Committee with Ms. Halfmoon as a consultant.

Stacey Halfmoon, Director of American Indian Relations, Ohio History Connection, discussed American Indians in Ohio and the relationships the federally-recognized tribes have to the history of Ohio.

 

 

 

2019 – Historic 1840s Barn Renovation

Barn Renovation – Timber framers installed replacement hand-hewn columns and beams where needed in our 170-year old barn, funded by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.  The framers were able to find timber cut in the same year as the beams that they replaced retaining the heritage of the barn.

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