Auglaize Village

Auglaize Village Auglaize Village is operated solely by Volunteers of the Defiance County Historical Society, a nonprofit educational organization.
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Memberships are: $10 Individual $15 Family $125 Life Membership Contact: Tom Farley 419-399-5023 Event Coordinator: Jim Rath 419-542-6565 Vendor Requests: Lynn Lantz 419-782-7255

"Coffee With Craig" was a great success!  Lots of turnout!  It's wonderful to have such a strong supporter for AuGlaize ...
02/22/2020

"Coffee With Craig" was a great success! Lots of turnout! It's wonderful to have such a strong supporter for AuGlaize Village and the work of Defiance County Historical Society. Representative Craig Riedel wasn't born in Defiance, but is in love with our wonderful community, our fascinating history and values. Thanks Rep. Riedel!

Had a great turnout for this morning’s “Coffee with Craig” in Defiance at Cabin Fever South! Appreciate everyone making it out! We had 2 hours of super conversation! It’s an honor to be your Representative!

The Historical Society took a field trip to Hudson, MI today. They think WE have a cutting edge idea for our Defiance Co...
02/18/2020

The Historical Society took a field trip to Hudson, MI today. They think WE have a cutting edge idea for our Defiance County kids!! Hopefully AuGlaize Village will get settled soon and we can can keep on with our big ideas!

Throwback to last years Northwest Ohio blacksmiths. Always the 1st weekend in May. Preregistration is required.
02/11/2020

Throwback to last years Northwest Ohio blacksmiths. Always the 1st weekend in May. Preregistration is required.

Read in today's Commissioner's notes that they met with Morris Murray and Russ Herman today.  Hoping they discussed AuGl...
02/11/2020

Read in today's Commissioner's notes that they met with Morris Murray and Russ Herman today. Hoping they discussed AuGlaize Village, but no confirmation. We haven't heard much of anything in the past month.

There is a monthly meeting this Thursday and we are asking people to turn in their petition pages so that we can turn them into the Commissioners. Here's the link if you haven't signed. Please share again so we can get to 2,000 by Thursday! http://chng.it/CzYp8PBWZ7

Thursday's meeting is at 7PM February 13th at City Hall on Perry St (across the hall from the water department). All are welcome. www.auglaizevillage.com

Nice piece of history here!  If anyone wants to buy it and benefit Camp Palmer - here's the details.  If someone wants t...
02/06/2020

Nice piece of history here! If anyone wants to buy it and benefit Camp Palmer - here's the details. If someone wants to donate it to AuGlaize Village, maybe someone would use it at the Village to give carriage rides?!

If anyone is interested, Camp Palmer acquired this beautiful carriage wagon that they are selling with the proceeds benefiting 4-H Camp Palmer. The carriage was built in 1985 and can be drawn by a one or two horse team. The asking price is $1850, if interested, please contact Camp Palmer at 419-237-2247.

Defiance Trucks have always visited AuGlaize Village.  Wherever Motorama is this July, I hear a Defiance Truck will be t...
02/05/2020

Defiance Trucks have always visited AuGlaize Village. Wherever Motorama is this July, I hear a Defiance Truck will be there this year! Exhibits like this bring people to Defiance County. Research shows that cities that attract more leisure visitors grew on average 2% faster over a 10-year period in terms of population and employment, and they attract more college-educated residents. Is that worth something to the tax payer?

Reading an abstract tonight. Here's the only property right a woman held before 1920. She had to have the notary make su...
02/05/2020

Reading an abstract tonight. Here's the only property right a woman held before 1920. She had to have the notary make sure she understood her husband was selling property and agree, separately from her husband, that she was ok with the sale. All property a woman might inherit became her husband's upon marriage. If they divorced, it remained the husband's property.

Cabin Fever?  Contact us to sign up for a Vintage Skills Scholarship from Defiance County Historical Society!  Take a cl...
02/04/2020

Cabin Fever? Contact us to sign up for a Vintage Skills Scholarship from Defiance County Historical Society! Take a class like the ones below, and demonstrate that skill 5 event days and we will provide materials and reimburse the class fee. Slots are limited (don't need 50 coopers), so reserve your scholarship before you take your class. Does not have to be at Sauder Village. Contact us at [email protected] #vintagedefiance

Meet our broom-maker, Foyle Solether.  He'd been dabbling with broom making and went to a class last spring.  Defiance C...
02/03/2020

Meet our broom-maker, Foyle Solether. He'd been dabbling with broom making and went to a class last spring. Defiance County Historical Society purchased the broom making supplies and he made brooms at the Village all summer, so we reimbursed his class fee! Foyle sold more than enough brooms to pay for our investment. Foyle had a great summer, people loved to see this ancient craft and left with a quality, made in America product. If you'd like to help the village, learn a vintage craft and make some great memories, contact us at [email protected]. We'll be making brooms somewhere this summer!

A Week and A Half Left!
02/02/2020
A Week and A Half Left!

A Week and A Half Left!

We will be collecting signatures on change.org and circulating paper petitions until Thursday, February 13th. We hope to hear from the attorneys this week and REALLY hope to have some resolution on the 13th; we hope to at LEAST to know our 2020 schedule. Please keep sharing our petition on your pers...

Blacksmithing has always been a popular hobby and draw for the Village.  People travel to take workshops, see demonstrat...
02/01/2020

Blacksmithing has always been a popular hobby and draw for the Village. People travel to take workshops, see demonstrations or just to return to their roots. "Looking at how Ohio stacks up with other states, one only has to look at the jobs supported by travel to understand the enormous impact travel makes in keeping Ohioans employed. Ohio ranks 7th in the nation in the number of jobs supported by the travel economy after California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania". Tourism Economics, Competitive Analysis of Pennsylvania’s Tourism Budget, 2015 Let's save the Village and make it able to draw tourism! Parking, good water and accessibility are a must.

Anyone remember the old calliope?  Talk about a unique piece! Given Ohio’s location within an easy drive for 60% of Amer...
01/31/2020

Anyone remember the old calliope? Talk about a unique piece! Given Ohio’s location within an easy drive for 60% of Americans and our incredible diversity of quality experiences, it is no wonder Ohio nationally ranks 7th in the number of jobs supported by travel. AuGlaize Village is a quality experience and with the right funding could really support Ohio Jobs!

Please consider signing our petition and supporting AuGlaize Village  http://chng.it/vbqFVKLj  Research shows that 73% o...
01/31/2020

Please consider signing our petition and supporting AuGlaize Village http://chng.it/vbqFVKLj

Research shows that 73% of consumers prefer to spend more money on experiences than on material things, and the demand for live experiences is growing among all generations. Underfunding is the only thing keeping tourism dollars from AuGlaize Village.

Our petition http://chng.it/vbqFVKLj isn't for putting a tax on the ballot.  It's to fund a site that, despite extremely...
01/30/2020

Our petition http://chng.it/vbqFVKLj isn't for putting a tax on the ballot. It's to fund a site that, despite extremely small public funding, provides one of the few tourism sites Defiance County offers.
"Part of what’s driving our urge to travel is our unending thirst for experiences. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans are spending more on experiences, and spending less on cars and household." https://www.ohiotravel.org/aws/OHTRV/asset_manager/get_file/155185?ver=3965

Here are some early shots of the Minsel Barbershop.  Operated by Ezra W. Warren from 1908 - 1940.  It was moved from Jew...
01/29/2020

Here are some early shots of the Minsel Barbershop. Operated by Ezra W. Warren from 1908 - 1940. It was moved from Jewell, Ohio to AuGlaize Village in the late 1960's. Craig Furnace has most recently played our barber. If anyone is interested in playing the barber when Craig is otherwise engaged, the research is FANTASTIC! Barbers were therapists, entertainers and news reporters for their communities.

Over 150 signatures just today!!! Change.org
01/29/2020
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Over 150 signatures just today!!! Change.org

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Who do you recognize? 1970's era photos from AuGlaize Village. Nearly 50 years ago! http://chng.it/CGJ8gfpGpw sign our p...
01/28/2020

Who do you recognize? 1970's era photos from AuGlaize Village. Nearly 50 years ago! http://chng.it/CGJ8gfpGpw sign our petition to keep the Village going another 50!

Here are more crowd scenes from the 1970's.  Apple-bobbing and apple-butter making are still going strong at AuGlaize Vi...
01/26/2020

Here are more crowd scenes from the 1970's. Apple-bobbing and apple-butter making are still going strong at AuGlaize Village. Unfortunately, we haven't had a Cattle Queen in several years... LOL. Please keep our Defiance traditions and history alive. Share our posts, volunteer and sign our petition http://chng.it/CGJ8gfpGpw if you want to help.

Defiance has a long history in manufacturing!  We've made everything here from airplanes to spark plugs!  We still have ...
01/25/2020

Defiance has a long history in manufacturing! We've made everything here from airplanes to spark plugs! We still have an extremely active airport that brings millions into our local economy. We were briefly in the airplane business very early on with the Defiance Simplex! Here are some photos of an air show at the Village including a Simplex!

Vintage crowd shots at AuGlaize Village.  The DCHS lawyer spoke with our County Prosecutor yesterday and came away feeli...
01/22/2020

Vintage crowd shots at AuGlaize Village. The DCHS lawyer spoke with our County Prosecutor yesterday and came away feeling that we can get a resolution. We will continue to circulate petitions. We're not there yet! 887 people want the Krouse Road property to stay in control of the Historical Society as it has for over 50 years! Please keep sharing! http://chng.it/CGJ8gfpGpw

From the archives!  Here are some very early shots from the building of AuGlaize Village!  Please click the link to sign...
01/21/2020

From the archives! Here are some very early shots from the building of AuGlaize Village! Please click the link to sign our petition and Save the Village! http://chng.it/CGJ8gfpGpw

Thought this was a great attitude for DHS!  Found this in a 1930 DHS yearbook.  Advice to the graduating seniors.
01/19/2020

Thought this was a great attitude for DHS! Found this in a 1930 DHS yearbook. Advice to the graduating seniors.

Just 70 years ago, kids in Defiance County were still being educated in 1 room school houses.  And look what kind of com...
01/18/2020

Just 70 years ago, kids in Defiance County were still being educated in 1 room school houses. And look what kind of community they built! Think what the future holds! Let your kids see today's advantages when they take a trip to the past in AuGlaize Village's one room school house - The Sherry School.

1967 Crescent News, Director of Ohio Historical Society says "DCHS has no rival in the entire state." This is why we hav...
01/17/2020

1967 Crescent News, Director of Ohio Historical Society says "DCHS has no rival in the entire state." This is why we have such great historians here! AuGlaize Village and its operators have tightly held this tradition. The only reason others have surpassed us is the funding. And now we're supposed to sign a lease?

Go get today's Crescent! Our petition AND the nearby Mega-site both made the front page!
01/17/2020

Go get today's Crescent! Our petition AND the nearby Mega-site both made the front page!

Great meeting tonight! Petition campaign kicked off with standing room only! Please email villageauglaize@gmail.com if y...
01/17/2020

Great meeting tonight! Petition campaign kicked off with standing room only! Please email [email protected] if you'd like to circulate a petition! #saveauglaizevillage

The commissioners posted their non-motorized transportation plan for Defiance County.  This shows we are not in the long...
01/14/2020

The commissioners posted their non-motorized transportation plan for Defiance County. This shows we are not in the long term plan. AuGlaize Village/Maumee Valley Heritage Park - a facility we gave to them in 1975 isn't even shown on their map, nor is it included as an historical asset. A trail on 424 to Krouse Road is listed as a $4,000,000 potential project, yet in 45 years, the village hasn't gotten its promised sidewalks. AuGlaize Village has nearly 2 miles of trails the volunteers maintain. Check out the Defiance County Commissioner's page for the full report.

There have been several threads in recent days about AuGlaize Village and The Tuttle so we thought we'd try to clarify. ...
01/09/2020

There have been several threads in recent days about AuGlaize Village and The Tuttle so we thought we'd try to clarify. The Defiance County Historical Society had a museum downtown by the Public Library. They wanted a space where they could grow sorghum and wheat and demonstrate harvests and process sorghum into molasses and grow broom corn to make brooms, etc. They needed land. So they moved the entire collection to a farm donated to them by the Mansfield Family on Krouse Road. YEARS later Andrew Tuttle left his coin collection as an endowment for a museum and the City of Defiance helped to create The Tuttle. Google will tell you there are at least 13 types of museums. The Tuttle is a Defiance History Museum. AuGlaize Village is a Living History Museum, which also contains a Military Museum, a Natural History Museum and most recently focusing on a Science Museum. AuGlaize Village is funded by the Defiance County Historical Society. The Farm Museum at the Village has an endowment from Justin Coressel administered by the Defiance Area Foundation. The rest of the buildings and grounds are supposed to be maintained by the County which owns the property in a Constructive Trust. The Tuttle is funded by the City of Defiance and the Tuttle Endowment.

The "little bird" we talked with Thursday morning. They counseled us that the commissioners weren't going to work with u...
01/03/2020

The "little bird" we talked with Thursday morning. They counseled us that the commissioners weren't going to work with us any longer and we must get legal counsel. Here it is in black and white...

This is what we are dealing with in the land grab for the Village.  Tim Frederick and I, Trish Speiser,  President, atte...
01/03/2020

This is what we are dealing with in the land grab for the Village. Tim Frederick and I, Trish Speiser, President, attended an advertised public meeting Monday, December 30th. The three commissioners had called in their legal counsel to discuss AuGlaize Village. They KNEW that Tim and I are with the Village. They didn't offer us any time to speak. They tried to steam roll us by moving into executive session. Then, they write in the public record that "Trish Speiser interrupted the meeting". How can I INTERRUPT a PUBLIC meeting?

Our group from DCHS also attended the 9AM advertised public session on December the 23rd. Coincidentally, the commissioners also decided this Monday to pay their clerk $25.46 an hour to "research language to set public comment requirements for meetings". Are we still in a free country? Is our little group really causing so much disruption to county government that they have to write NEW regulations? I thought our little corner of the world was still free!

All of this keeps pointing to the potential $3,000,000 this county could make in a land grab of AuGlaize Village's 120 acres.

If you disagree with the commissioners ending the Defiance County Historical Society's 45 year management of AuGlaize Village, please consider donating to the Historical Society by sending a tax deductible donation to DCHS PO Box 801 Defiance, Ohio 43512

Someone made a comment yesterday that we're misreporting because last week's paper said the commissioners will still let...
01/03/2020

Someone made a comment yesterday that we're misreporting because last week's paper said the commissioners will still let groups use the Village, so what's the big deal?

The commissioners won't financially step up and support the repairs and maintenance, yet they're still going to let people use the village? Who's going to mow the grass each week, sweep out the buildings, clean the windows, wash the curtains, dust, clean out the kitchen, maintain the temperamental water system, deal with the wildlife constantly burrowing and nesting and rooting into the buildings. Who's going to drag the drives, rake the leaves, weed the flower beds, prep the train, string trim the grounds, do weed control on the train tracks, clear the trails, and then do all the other things that those volunteers do to repair and keep up the buildings themselves, caulking and sealing, painting, roofing, replacing board and siding... These volunteers perform THOUSANDS of dollars in labor hours to keep this property ready for the events. If the county won't even pay for the material, then who is the world is going to do the labor!?

Who's going to make the sorghum, and the apple butter? Who's going to host the Settler's Encampment, demonstrate the natural dyes, run the train, organize the Johnny Appleseed Festival, demo flint n' fire, making Native American flutes and primitive woodworking to the school kids? Who's going to run the broom shop? Who's going to book the field trips? We had every school in the county planning to attend this spring PLUS Bryan City Schools! This is all being unraveled. This is so short sighted! WHO IS GOING TO DO THIS!?!?!?

Help with the effort to save AuGlaize Village by mailing a check to DCHS PO Box 801 Defiance, Ohio 43512. Your donation is tax deductible and much appreciated. It WILL be used to save the Village.

45 years ago, a detailed plan was made to turn over DCHS's 120 acre AuGlaize Village to the county. The transfer was val...
01/02/2020

45 years ago, a detailed plan was made to turn over DCHS's 120 acre AuGlaize Village to the county. The transfer was valued at $395,600 in just the land, in 1975. The commissioners paid the DCHS $14,400 in 1975
so that we could pay the contractor for recent improvements to the property we were donating to the county. That donation came with stipulations that were set forth in a management agreement signed by our county commissioners in 1975. 45 years later, the current commissioners have ended that agreement. It was pointed out to us that there is a bigger motivation at play here for this land and we are just well intentioned, volunteer pawns in the matter. The wise counselor advised that we take our DCHS emergency funds and hire an outside attorney and let him/her take up the battle.

We were assured on December 23rd that the commissioners wanted this matter resolved by Jan 1. Then we read in the paper that another meeting wouldn't happen until mid Jan. But we had to read it in the paper. They didn't even bother to send me an email. Then when Tim Frederick and I attended their advertised meeting Dec. 23rd with their legal counsel, they shut us down by moving into Executive Session. I am just a volunteer. The DCHS will meet January 16th in City Council Chambers at 7PM. Hopefully, we will have found an attorney by that point. We appreciate all our friends and all your support, but we've reached the end of what we can do. We really don't hold any personal ill will toward any of our three commissioners. But as our wise friend pointed out, this is going to turn very soon, and in his suspicion, probably already has on the other side. There is no point in a pissing match. This is now a matter for the attorneys.

If you agree that this is a land grab by big government and a complete violation of the intentions and donation of the DCHS in 1975, the we encourage you to join our petition drive that will start on Thursday, January 16th at our 7PM meeting. All are welcome to attend. We also encourage you to donate to our fund to pay the attorney we are hiring. So far we have received $3280 earmarked for our campaign, but as we all know, that will be a drop in the bucket for what it will actually take to fight this battle against the land grab. If you want to participate in this cause, please consider attending our meeting on January 16th at City Council Chambers on Perry Street. Please send tax deductible, charitable contributions to DCHS PO Box 483 Defiance, Ohio 43512.

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12296 Krouse Road (GPS USE ONLY)
Defiance, OH
43512

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Funeral Services for my Dad: tomorrow 2-8 Visitation Schaffer Funeral Home. Funeral Wednesday 10 am with viewing 1 hour before the service at Defiance Church of the Brethren. BURIAL AT Sherman Cemetery and lunch at VFW.
question are you having the kids out on Friday the 17th. I can come and run the model trains.
is there anyone there that can give us a vendor application to the Johnny Appleseed festival? there are several vendors that have been trying to get one. or do you already have too many vendors?
Are they going to have a church service Sunday morning? I could be free to speak if you need someone. I have a message ready. Dennis
Did you have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War or are you interested in the Civil War? The SUVCW (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Dept. of Ohio has a few people interested in starting an SUVCW camp in the area but a few more are needed. Contact [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected] and we can answer any questions you might have. Once we have enough people interested, we will plan an organizational meeting to help the camp get started. Visit our national website to find more information about the SUVCW - legal heirs to the GAR - Grand Army of the Republic.
Concessions stand will be open this weekend. the usual fair of burgers brats and dogs. Also pork chop sandwiches and dinners. Looking forward to see everyone this weekend.
I was wandering if any of the volunteers from the 70's are still involved. I am looking for some pictures of my dad James Blue used to play Johnny Appleseed and was part in the Explorers. Or pictures of my mom Ruth Ann Blue or any of use girls like the one from the Rock a Ton. Any help would be great. I really enjoyed the many summers at Auglaize. Really would love to see pictures of how Kiefer Cabin came to be I remember the clean up before taking to the village.
Who posted the "would you like to meet a "mountain man character? " This is a BIG problem Please contact me immediately DK Meyers Smoke and Fire Co. 419-878-8535 We need to talk,.
Can you please give the President of the Christmas Cruise Thru a call. My phone number is: (260) 704-3420. Thank You
Are you having your Christmas lights, again, this year? If so, when are they scheduled for?