Twinsburg Historical Society and Museum

Held at Mount Hope Cemetery – Solon Cemetery Stroll

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mount Hope Cemetery, 30000 Miles Road
Solon, 44139 United States


Back by popular demand. Join us for a stroll through Mount Hope Cemetery to learn about Solon's ancestors, some famous and not so famous.  After the stroll, the museum will be open and light refreshments will be served. Meet at Mt. Hope 30000 Miles Road presentation will start at 2:00. If adverse weather stories will be shared at the museum.

Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland – Ohio Spring and Summer Bird Watching

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Solon Historical Society, 33975 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States


Over 200 species of birds can be found in NE Ohio. Some are year-round and others just pass through on their way to the Boreal Forests of Canada. Others fly across the Gulf of Mexico non-stop to have their babies in our back yards. Get a close up look at 100 of the most common residents, migrants and breeding birds of NE Ohio and learn where and when to find them. Information about binoculars and bird field guides will also be included.…

Walking Tour of Historical Buildings


Is it a nice day? Got an hour or two with nothing to do? Here is a PDF document that has the directions for a walking tour of some of Twinsburg's Historical buildings and a little background on each of them. Go explore and learn things.


Download the document here.

Area Events and Programs:

November 2019
Corporal, Tim Krugman of the 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry – Music of the American Civil War

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Solon Historical Society, 33975 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States


Cpl. Tim Krugman of Elyria will entertain us with ballads of the blue and gray of the American Civil War. He will share how the music reflected the nation's mood from excitement to patriotic fervor to despair at the end of the war. Come join us for a song and then enjoy a ice cream sundae.

Discover Your Family History at the Library
March – June 2019
Branching Out: U.S. Vital Records and Obituaries
Saturday, March 23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
This class focuses on the types of genealogical information and
sources researchers encounter, what to expect when working
with U.S. vital records and obituaries, and basic strategies for
finding these records. This class meets in Computer Lab 1,
First Floor, Main Library. Registration requested.


FindMyPast
Saturday, June 8, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
FindMyPast contains a wide variety of genealogical records, but it’s especially strong
in British and Irish records. Learn what FindMyPast
has to offer and how to use it effectively. This
class meets in Computer Lab 1, First Floor, Main
Library. Registration requested.

Updated!!

Explore Historic Oberlin during College’s Commencement Weekend

 The public is invited to explore historic Oberlin and the Oberlin Heritage Center as part of Oberlin College’s Commencement/Reunion Weekend Friday through Sunday, May 24-26.  Whether visitors have a free afternoon or only a half-hour to spare, the Heritage Center offers guided tours and history walks for a wide range of interests and schedules.  Advance reservations are required for most Heritage Center guided tours and may be made online at www.oberlinheritagecenter.org or by visiting the OHC office in the Monroe House at 73½ South Professor Street.  Free parking is available accessible from 20 West Vine Street in Oberlin.

The Oberlin Heritage Center’s main site features three beautifully preserved buildings including the Monroe House (1866), the Little Red Schoolhouse (1836), and the Jewett House (1884).  Together the buildings and the stories they hold within offer visitors a glimpse into Oberlin’s past and the nationally significant impact of both community and college from their beginnings in 1833 through the next 100 years.  Guided mini-tours of the first floor of the Monroe House will be offered every half hour from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (with the last tour beginning at 4:30 p.m. each day)  Walk-ins are welcome.  Admission is $3 per adult; free to OHC members, college students and children. 

A one-hour guided walk and conversation about the first Oberlin Conservatory building, Warner Hall, will take place on Friday afternoon, May 24, at 3 p.m.  A Peek through the Portal is led by Oberlinians Sid Comings (Oberlin College Class of 1969), Kitty Denny-Smith and Bruce Colbert, who share stories of the people, structure and artwork associated with the original Conservatory building.  The tour begins at the northwest corner of Professor and College Streets, the location of that original Warner Hall, which was replaced in the early 1960s by the present-day Conservatory building across the street.  Although this tour is free, participants should register in advance.

Reservations are required for the thematic neighborhood history walks led by Oberlin Heritage Center docents throughout the weekend.  The Oberlin Women’s History Walk will be offered on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. This guided walking tour features powerful stories of 19th and early 20th century Oberlin women who helped shape what it meant to be a woman in a small town and across America.  

The Freedom’s Friends History Walk includes stories of abolition and the Underground Railroad in Oberlin as visitors travel through the square and end at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.  This history walk will be offered Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m.   If you miss taking part this weekend, the history walk will be offered on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. beginning in June and continuing through the end of August.

An Oberlin Architecture History Walk through campus and downtown occurs on Saturday, May 25 at 5 p.m.  Tour-goers will discover how the town and gown landscape has changed over the past two centuries, learn about several renowned architects who came to work in Oberlin, and find out which architectural styles were applauded and which were criticized by the community. 

The Scholars & Settlers History Walk focuses on the early history and architecture surrounding Oberlin’s downtown 13-acre campus of Tappan Square.  This guided walk will be offered Sunday, May 26 at 5 p.m. 

History walks are $6 for adults; free to OHC members, college students and children accompanied by adults (please note that even when walks are free, reservations still must be made in advance).  The Heritage Center’s guided walks are 60-90 minutes and most likely enjoyed by ages 9 and up.  In case of heavy rain, the history walks will be cancelled and refunds provided.

The weekend also is an ideal time to experience the Heritage Center’s self-guided tablet tours that are convenient and adaptable to individual interests.   Simply borrow an iPad from the Oberlin Heritage Center after 10 a.m. and return it by 5 p.m., and learn about Oberlin in a “do-it-yourself” format.  The Freedom’s Friends: Underground Railroad/Abolition tour allows participants to move at their own pace through town and campus to learn about local monuments and discover new stories connected to Oberlin’s early civil rights history.  The Picture the Past: Historic Downtown Oberlin tablet tour covers a one block radius extending from the corner of Main and College Streets and is filled with fun facts, historic photographs, and more.  The fee is $5/hour or $20/day per tablet, with a 20% discount for OHC members. 

The Heritage Center’s Museum Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the weekend offering a variety of Oberlin-themed and history-related mementos and gifts.

For more information about the Heritage Center Commencement/Reunion Weekend schedule or its summer calendar of tours, kids’ camps, and community events, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org, or call (440) 774-1700 or e-mail members@oberlinheritage.org.

 

James A Garfield Historical Society presents….

Cemetery Summer Series

The JAGHS will be providing the following educational programs for 2019,

Join us for one or join us for all of them!


June 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm-Park Cemetery Tour-est. 1876 Join us at the Park Cemetery for a very informative tour given by Kit Semplak, where you will learn about business owners and other interesting folks buried in the Cemetery.
Also in June-Join us for Dairy Month, June 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm Appropriately planned for Dairy Month,, Scott Lawless will be discussing his book, “Where’s my Milkman?” a compilation of the dairies in our area. Join us for ice cream and milk and cookies. This event will be held at the Mott Building, 8107 Main St.


July 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm-Drakesburg Cemetery Tour-est. 1812  Be sure to take part in the Drakesburg Cemetery Tour, given by Debbie Smith, where you will  not only learn about the first settlers of Freedom and Drakesburg, but also learn some interesting stories of others residing in the cemetery. 


August 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm-West Cemetery Tour-est. 1812  More fun abounds in the West Cemetery, where Kathy Zizka will delight us with stories of the souls living in this Cemetery located on Asbury Road in Freedom.


September 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm-Baptist Cemetery Tour-est. 1804 This site was chosen by John Garrett III, founder of Garrettsville  for a Baptist Church and Cemetery. Join this tour to walk the grounds of the oldest cemetery on our tour.  
For more info, contact Debbie Smith @ 330-389-1859

Solon Home Days

July 26 - July 28
Solon Community Park, 6647 SOM Center Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States


Stop by to see our booth at the annual Solon Home Days, sit a while and reminisce about Solon past days. Solon related items will be on sale.

Civil War Encampment Returns to Century Village Museum

Memorial Day Weekend Civil War Encampment in Burton, Ohio

The Geauga County Historical Society will again host a Civil War Encampment on Memorial Day Weekend on the grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio.  On Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., reenactors depicting Union and Confederate soldiers, camp followers, and traveling merchants will provide a living history of struggles and tribulations associated with the Great War of the Rebellion. 

Obtain answers to your questions concerning the Geauga Country military units that served from 1861 to 1865, their engagements, their losses, and their daily struggles.  Approximately 2,000 Geauga County men went to war and about 300 did not return.  Learn about the famous battles of this war, including Shiloh, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and others.  Discover how those who remained home aided the Union cause and struggled with their difficulties.  Find out Geauga’s connections to the Sultana disaster, the Confederate prison at Andersonville, the Union prison at Johnson’s Island, and much more.   

  Come and see the soldiers demonstrate military maneuvers and take part in skirmishes.  Here the roar of cannon.  Learn about camp life, including insight as to the food that was prepared and the diseases that killed as many soldiers as the bullets and artillery.  Converse with the reenactors who will discuss their weaponry, uniforms, and military regimen, express the fears and hopes period soldiers, talk about the long marches and taxing encampments in all forms of weather, and respond to your questions about civilian as well as military life.

Come and be part of this commemoration of this very difficult and divisive period in our country’s history. 

Mark your calendars and reserve the dates.  Cost:  Adults, $8.00; children 6 to 12, $5.00; children 5 and under, free.  Food and drink will be available on the grounds.  Period merchandise will be offered for sale.  Selected historical buildings at the museum will be open to the public.  No pets permitted. For more information about participating in the event or attending the event, contact the Society’s Business Office at 440-834-1492 or, by e-mail, at info@geaugahistorical.org.

Civil War Encampment Returns to Century Village Museum

Memorial Day Weekend Civil War Encampment in Burton, Ohio

The Geauga County Historical Society will again host a Civil War Encampment on Memorial Day Weekend on the grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio.  On Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., reenactors depicting Union and Confederate soldiers, camp followers, and traveling merchants will provide a living history of struggles and tribulations associated with the Great War of the Rebellion. 

Obtain answers to your questions concerning the Geauga Country military units that served from 1861 to 1865, their engagements, their losses, and their daily struggles.  Approximately 2,000 Geauga County men went to war and about 300 did not return.  Learn about the famous battles of this war, including Shiloh, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and others.  Discover how those who remained home aided the Union cause and struggled with their difficulties.  Find out Geauga’s connections to the Sultana disaster, the Confederate prison at Andersonville, the Union prison at Johnson’s Island, and much more.   

 Come and see the soldiers demonstrate military maneuvers and take part in skirmishes.  Here the roar of cannon.  Learn about camp life, including insight as to the food that was prepared and the diseases that killed as many soldiers as the bullets and artillery.  Converse with the reenactors who will discuss their weaponry, uniforms, and military regimen, express the fears and hopes period soldiers, talk about the long marches and taxing encampments in all forms of weather, and respond to your questions about civilian as well as military life.

Come and be part of this commemoration of this very difficult and divisive period in our country’s history. 

Mark your calendars and reserve the dates.  Cost:  Adults, $8.00; children 6 to 12, $5.00; children 5 and under, free.  Food and drink will be available on the grounds.  Period merchandise will be offered for sale.  Selected historical buildings at the museum will be open to the public.  No pets permitted. For more information about participating in the event or attending the event, contact the Society’s Business Office at 440-834-1492 or, by e-mail, at info@geaugahistorical.org.

7th Annual Community Flea Market

August 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Solon Historical Society, 33975 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States


Time to clean out your garage, attic and basement for items that you can sell to someone else. Sellers are asked for a $5 donation per parking spot to sell their treasures. Reservations are needed, please contact SHS President. Museum will be open 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  NO rain date. Space is limited make your reservation soon.

Programs AROUNd THE AREA

Have Questions about our programs? Just drop us an EMAIL.

Akron-Summit County Public Library

90 S. High St.

Akron, OH

330-643-9030

Kevin Noon Sharpening service – A sharp knife is a safe knife!

September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Solon Historical Society, 33975 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States


Kevin Noon, The Environmentally Friendly Sharpener will visit the SHS again.  He will sharpen knives (including serrated), scissors(including pinking), gardening tools, cooking tools, woodworking tools, sewing tools, salon tools and paper cutters. He uses a repurposed 1923 treadle adapted to spin wheels of differing grits. Using a foot powered treadle enables him to vary the speed of the wheels so that he can safely sharpen your items.  There is a charge for his service. Check out noonsharpening.com for pricing. Museum will be open.

Solon City Holiday Lighting

November 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Solon Historical Society, 33975 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States


The museum will be open during the City Holiday Lighting, stop by to check out the collection on display.