Twinsburg Historical Society and Museum

Save the Date for Lucy Stone's 200th Birthday Party at OHC
Saturday, August 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Next month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Lucy Stone (on August 13, 1818), one of Oberlin College's earliest and best known female graduates (class of 1847), as well as a continuous advocate for expanded opportunities for women at the College.  She began her public life as an activist for the abolitionist movement (her first engagement in public speaking was at an anti-slavery rally in Oberlin, where she shared the podium with James Monroe, whose home is now part of the Oberlin Heritage Center).  Later, Stone began devoting part of her time on the lecture circuit to speaking out for women’s rights.  When she married Henry B. Blackwell (an abolitionist) in 1855, she retained her own name as a protest against the unequal laws applicable to married women, thus originating the term “Lucy Stoners” for women who do not change their name upon marriage.  She and her husband worked together as influential leaders in the Suffrage Movement, through their publishing of the Woman’s Journal and Woman Suffrage leaflets.

All are invited to take part in the birthday celebration by stopping in for cake and fun at the Heritage Center on Saturday afternoon, August 11.  A special invitation is extended to all local "Lucy Stoners" to join us and we'll plan to gather you together for a fun photo op.  Mark the date on your calendar and check back in next month's E-Gazette for more information.

Geauga County Historical Society
Monday, August 6, 2018
Raccoon County Music Festival

The Geauga County Historical Society proudly announces the 2018 edition of the Raccoon County Music Festival on the grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio.  The one-day event will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from noon to 7 P. M.  A wide variety of American and international music will be presented by more than ten (10) live performing artists and groups on two stages.

This amazing collection of performers will offer musical styles ranging from old-time string band to Cajun to Irish folk to Dixieland to Blues and Bluegrass.  If you are interested in early American folk music and appreciate the passion and artistry of the musicians who carry forward these musical genres, join us for a full and rewarding afternoon of relaxing enjoyment and wonderful sounds.

Workshops will be provided on banjo and clogging.  If you are so inclined, bring along your own instrument and take part in one or more of the numerous jams that take place throughout the day.  Kite flying will be demonstrated on the majestic hillside overlooking the valley of the Cuyahoga River.  Several historical buildings will be open for your viewing on the grounds of the museum as well as the museum’s Crossroads Store.  Food and drink will be available.

After almost forty years the Raccoon County Music Festival has been tradition in this county.  Geauga is derived from an Indian word meaning raccoon.  Please consider making this event one of your own traditions.        

Admission is charged.  Adults, $10; ages 6 to 12, $5, ages 5 and under, free.

For more information, call Century Village Museum at 440-834-1492 during business hours on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Also, check the Century Village Museum and Raccoon County Music Festival websites.  The museum grounds are located on the southeast edge of the Burton Village Green.

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.

The Great War in Costume, 1914 to 1920

The Geauga County Historical Society’s 2018 fashion exhibition, titled The Great War in Costume, 1914 to 1920 is open for public viewing.  The exhibit will be open each Friday afternoon from now through mid-October from noon to 3 p.m. free of charge.  This means there are about ten (10) more dates to visit this exhibit before it is retired.  Come spend an afternoon back in time; bring along some friends or plan a group outing; couple the visit with a lunch or tea at a local restaurant.  The exhibit is the most recent in a series of the annual presentations by the Society and its Textile Committee and includes selected costumes and accessories from its extensive clothing collection.

Century Village Museum is located on the southeast corner of Burton Square.  GPS, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, Ohio 44021.  For more information on the Exhibit or to make reservations for Grand Opening, call Terri at 440-834-1492.    

Area Events and Programs:

Free Guided Tours on Saturdays

 Beginning on May 5, 2018 and ending on October 27, 2018, the Geauga County Historical Society will offer free public tours of its buildings and grounds on Saturdays, with the exception of the Saturdays during the Antique Power Exhibition, the Raccoon County Music Festival, and the Apple Butter Festival.  Tours are scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on these Saturdays.  Space is limited on each tour and the public will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.  The tours will be about one and one-half to two hours in length and will visit as many of the historic buildings as can be reasonably accommodated during the time period.  The public will have the opportunity to choose particular buildings of interest to them to be included on the tour.

This free tour program has been made possible in 2018 by generous donations from three Geauga County families who wished to make these historical tours more available and affordable to the residents of the county and its visitors.

If you have not visited the Society’s Century Village Museum during the past few years, you have missed seeing many improvements in the existing displays and the addition of a number of new exhibits.  Among the buildings that have been completely renovated and restaged are the Hitchcock House, the Boughton House, the Cook House, the Bainbridge Store, the Schoolhouse, and the Ladies’ Friend.  Among the new venues are the Apothecary, the Leather Shop, and the soon-to-be-opened Maple Museum.  The Law House is now the home of our annual Textile Exhibition, which in 2018 will feature the clothing of the World War I period.  Please consider setting aside a Saturday during the next few months to visit the county’s living history museum and become more familiar with the rich history of Ohio’s Western Reserve.

In addition to these free Saturday tours, individual and group tours can be arranged on others days for a fee if $8 for adults and $5 for children age six and older.  Non-Saturday tours are subject to at least three-day advanced notice so that an interpreter can be scheduled to guide the tour.    

Century Village Museum is located on the southeast corner of Burton Square.  GPS, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, Ohio 44021.  For more information on the Society’s tour program, call Terri at 440-834-1492.    


CLEVELAND, Ohio- The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) has a new exhibit on Captain Jennifer Harris, a Marine Corps Casualty Evacuation pilot. She served three tours of duty between 2003 and 2007, the first in Kuwait and the next two in Iraq. Captain Harris saved countless lives by flying in and out of combat areas for the emergency evacuation of injured soldiers and Iraqi citizens.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2000, Captain Harris learned to fly the CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter. She was then assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron HMM-364, Purple Foxes, and immediately deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). A legendary squadron, the Purple Foxes became famous in Vietnam for repeatedly going into harm's way, under any conditions, in order to evacuate the wounded. That dedication continued in OIF. Harris was the first deployed female pilot in the Purple Foxes Squadron, and she eventually became promoted to the rank of Captain.

Captain Harris was one of the best CH-46 pilots in the Marine Corps. Unfortunately, on February 7, 2007, the very last flight of her third deployment and after completing a successful casualty evacuation mission, Captain Harris was killed in action when her helicopter was shot down by insurgents.

Currently, on display in the museum are her military uniform jacket, a model of the CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter she flew, her Aviator Flight Log Book, her military dog tags, her Naval Academy class ring, and personal photographs.
The museum offers free admission. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Office, gift shop and research center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


Take a Walk through Time
OHC Offers Summer History Walks for Many Interests

Guided walking tours are available throughout the summer featuring several different themes.  Tours run from 75-90 minutes, and are reasonably priced (most are free for OHC members, children and college students).  Reservations are recommended.  Try one soon -- and find out how fun it can be to experience learning in motion!

Freedom's Friends Underground Railroad & Abolitionist History Walk - every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in July and August.  Hear stories about Oberlin's most famous freedom seekers and people known to have helped them make their way to freedom.
Radicals & Reformers History Walk - offered the first Sunday of this month and next at 11:00 a.m. The setting is Westwood Cemetery and this tour promises a pleasing balance of the scenic landscape and stories of some of the many spirited men and women of Oberlin who simply refused the status quo.
Self-Guided Tablet Tours - For those who prefer to move at their own pace, borrow an iPad from the Heritage Center any Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to experience the Freedom's Friends History Walk or the Picture the Past:  Historic Downtown Oberlin walking tour.  

The Maple Museum of Geauga County Is Open

The Geauga County Historical Society is proud to announce its newest building and historical display, The Maple Museum of Geauga County. 

The Maple Museum will be open as follows:

1.  Visitors may select the Maple Museum as one of the tour-stops during the free Saturday public tours conducted each Saturday during the warmer-weather season, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.  These tours will take place through mid-October 2018.  The public is served on a first-come, first-served basis, as space permits.

2.  Visitors may schedule a tour of the Maple Museum on other days and at other times by calling at least 24 hours (and preferably 48 hours) in advance and making a reservation.  A charge of $5 per person will be apply to reserved tours of the Maple Museum alone or $8 per adult/$5 per child for a general tour that includes the Maple Museum.  This offer also applies to group tours.

3.  Visitors may view the Maple Museum during major events held at Century Village Museum if the Maple Museum has been chosen as one of the open historic buildings at that event.  No charge above the charge of event admission. 

The Maple Museum includes artifacts and early accounts of maple sugaring beginning with the native Americans and continuing through to the modern day, with explanations of the tapping, collecting, and boiling processes.  You will learn about the old-fashioned sugaring parties, the success of Ohio maple producers at the 1893 World’s Fair, the Geauga County Maple Festival, the families of the county who have produced the product for generations, as well as the identities of the today’s leading maple syrup makers, the businesses and industries that have supported maple syrup production, and profiles of the Ohio Maple Hall of Fame members.   A variety of art depicting the lore and intrigue of maple sugaring is displayed.  There are a number of children’s activities, from reading, to hands-on projects, to search-and-find challenges.  Families with youngsters are encouraged to visit.

Maple syrup, in various quantities, is offered for sale at the museum’s store.  This maple syrup is produced from sap collected from the Society’s sugarbush and boiled in its own sugarhouse.  The sugarhouse is also available for viewing.            

Century Village Museum is located on the southeast corner of Burton Square.  GPS, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, Ohio 44021.  For more information on the Maple Museum of Geauga County, call Terri at 440-834-1492.    

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