Twinsburg Historical Society and Museum

World Premiere Special Exhibition, Israel: Then & Now, Opens September 23

First-of-its-kind Programming Partnership coincides with Exhibition Launch

(CLEVELAND, OH) SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 -- The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce the launch of a new exhibition, Israel: Then & Now, making its world premiere in Cleveland on September 23 with special $5 general admission, from 11AM to 5PM; free for members (2929 Richmond Rd, Beachwood; 216-593-0575;

Israel: Then & Now tells the story of a people with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs finding hope in a land they can make their own. In 1948, when Israel was declared the first Jewish state, it gave the Jewish people an opportunity to create a home for themselves and their children – what would come of this land, the people, and a culture? Audiences are invited to take a look back and imagine what’s ahead during this world premiere exhibition that combines milestone moments, historic images, interactive media, and film to explore Israel: Then & Now.

Surrounding the special exhibition is a robust season of programming, the result of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between two great educational institutions: Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

“In partnership, we have organized a full season of dynamic Israel programs designed to engage, enrich, and educate,” said Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning at CWRU who worked with Dahlia Fisher, Director of External Relations at the Maltz Museum to create the programming. Gallery talks, lectures and discussions, arts and culture events, and family fun activities offer something for most ages and interests.

Fisher said of the many exciting programs to come, the new documentary film series stands out. “The new film series is a reflection of the exhibition – providing a glimpse into the complex lives of Israeli doctors, artists, teachers, and survivors. Through these films, we are discovering both the country of Israel and the people who live there – understanding their challenges and joys.” A talk-back led by a local subject-matter expert will follow each film screening.

See the full program guide here >>>

This new exhibition and its coordinating programming invite visitors to explore Israel beyond media headlines by seeing the landmarks, learning the history, exploring the culture, and meeting the people – without leaving home.

Israel: Then & Now opens Sunday, September 23, 2018, 11AM – 5PM, with special $5 general admission; free for members. For more information about the exhibition, film series or other programming offerings, please contact 216.593.0575 or visit

 The exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor: The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation; Benefactor Sponsor: The Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Foundation; Patron Sponsors: Alan and Karen Krause, David and Inez Myers Foundation, The Weiss Family: Contributing Sponsors: Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation, George S. Blumenthal, Marilyn Cagin, Chelm Family Foundation, Lois Davis, Robert Goldberg, The Kline Family Foundation, Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein & Barry Goloboff, Bob and Sally Gries, Irwin and Ida Haber, Gene and Elise Mesh, Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation, Alvin and Laura Siegal, Steve and Penni Weinberg, Tim and Sandy Wuliger, and Dan and Ellen Zelman

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:

An Evening of Fun, Food, Factoids & Falderol
Friday, November 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

Round up a team of players -- or plan to come on your own -- for the Heritage Center's second annual Community Trivia Night.  The friendly competition takes place in the Fellowship Hall of The First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C. (106 North Main Street) and all ages are welcome!  WOBL/WDLW's morning show host Super Dave Andrews returns in the role of emcee and keeps the evening moving at a fun pace.

Trivia categories include favorites such as Pop Culture, Sports, and Music, with a few Oberlin questions thrown in the mix.  Pizza, beverage and dessert are included in the admission fee.  There will be also be optional side raffles and games, with all proceeds supporting the ongoing work of the Oberlin Heritage Center.  Free, supervised children's activities will be available for small fry so moms and dads can keep their focus on the pursuit of trivia!

Tickets are just $12 for adults and $6 for children in advance; $15 for adults and $7 for kids when purchased at the door.  There's plenty of free parking available behind the church (enter on the west side of the building, off of Lorain Street). 

A big SHOUT OUT goes to the evening's co-sponsors Herrick Jewelry and Harmon's Automotive Service. 

We encourage you to make reservations in advance by October 26.  You may register online now, or click here to download a registration form.  Questions?  Visit or call (440) 774-1700.

Vanek Book Tour Coming Soon Near You

Author and long-time OHC member John A. (Jack) Vanek will appear in several local venues this month to read excerpts from his new novel DEROS, a murder mystery that takes place in Oberlin, Ohio, and also introduce its sequel MIRACLES.  The latter is the second book in Vanek's Father Jake Austin mystery series, which is scheduled for release on February 1, 2019.  Bring a friend to enjoy a reading-and-book-signing at these locations:

Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. - North Olmsted Public Library

Tuesday, October 30 at Noon - Lorain County Community College (Bass Library, 1st floor)

Tuesday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. - Mindfair Bookstore in Oberlin

Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. - Lorain Public Library (Main Library, Room A - 2nd floor)

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.    

The Geauga County Historical Society announces a new Halloween event for 2018, the Lil’ Goblin’s Gathering, on the grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio.  The one-day event will take place on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, beginning at 5 P.M

A participation fee is charged.  Children of members, $6.00; children of non-members, $8.00.  Accompanying adults free.

This family-friendly evening will include traditional Halloween activities, trick—and-treating, wagon rides, stories, games, and snacks.  Costumes welcomed and encouraged.

This is a RESERVATION-ONLY, PRE-PAID EVENT so make your plans early and reserve spots for your children.  Groups will depart for trick-and-treating around the Village in fifteen-minute increments starting at 5:00 p.m.

One-year membership with the Geauga County Historical Society are available, dated from the day of your enrollment.

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.  The museum grounds are located on the southeast edge of the Burton Village Green.


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. 


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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Get your tickets now for Medina County Historical Society's Fall fundraiser!  Come and hear the connection Medina had to the Titanic!

The Medina County Historical Society presents Mary Ann Whitley, author of " Ohio Tales of the Titanic"  speaking at the Medina Country Club on October 20, 2018.

She will be sharing stories of our Ohio and Medina connection to the April 15, 1912 sinking of the" unsinkable" White Star Line ship.

Lunch will be patterned after  a menu for dinner from the Titanic's first class dinner seating consisting of:

Cream of Barley soup, Chicken Lyonnaise, Creamed carrots, Turnip puree, Roll / butter, Chocolate Éclair, beverages

Wine will be available for purchase.

Please arrive at the Medina Country Club 5588 Wedgewood Road by 12:30PM as Luncheon will be served at 1:00PM.

Make your reservations by sending a check for $35.00 made out to The Medina County Historical Society (206 North Elmwood St. Medina, Ohio 44256) by October 10, 2018. Please include your email for confirmation.

Getting in the 1912 spirit might be inspired by period dress.  Feel free to come in your best " dressed for dinner" 1912 outfit!