Putnam County Historical Society & Museum

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Learn about the past of Putnam County (Ohio) by coming to the museum! Here you will find several local artifacts on display, be able to research family and county history, become involved in yearly events, donate artifacts of your own, and much more. Set up a private tour or stop by during our regular hours- admission is free and open to the public.

February 14th marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women’s Voters by Carrie Chapman Catt.  Visit...
02/15/2020

February 14th marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women’s Voters by Carrie Chapman Catt. Visit our page for more information on women’s suffrage beginning in March.

We hope everyone had a merry and memorable Christmas!
12/26/2019

We hope everyone had a merry and memorable Christmas!

The reason for the season.
12/25/2019

The reason for the season.

Day 23- last minute gifting! Tea cups, teddy bears, trains, and trucks have made perfect gifts for little children over ...
12/24/2019

Day 23- last minute gifting! Tea cups, teddy bears, trains, and trucks have made perfect gifts for little children over the years.

Stories of Christmas...The 1940s and 50s were  "the golden age of Little Golden Books."  These were some of the popular ...
12/23/2019

Stories of Christmas...The 1940s and 50s were "the golden age of Little Golden Books." These were some of the popular ones, which are still favorites today.

Our hours have changed for the winter. We will be closed on Sundays until March, but welcome visitors on Wednesdays begi...
12/22/2019

Our hours have changed for the winter. We will be closed on Sundays until March, but welcome visitors on Wednesdays beginning January 8. Thank you for your support in 2019!

12/22/2019

The Grinch and Charlie Brown are two notable characters from 1960s Christmas classics. Which one is your favorite? Click to vote!

12/21/2019
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Music of the Season! Throughout the years, we have enjoyed local talent at our Christmas Open House ranging from church choirs, barbershop groups, piano & vocal solos, accordion music, stringed instruments, and more. Our collection of seasonal records brings interest as well.

1950s Christmas! What decorations were all the rage in the youth of Boomers? Aluminum trees, spray snow, satin ornaments...
12/20/2019

1950s Christmas! What decorations were all the rage in the youth of Boomers? Aluminum trees, spray snow, satin ornaments, and trains under the tree.

Christmas in the one-room school...students decorated trees with nuts, eggs, cranberries, popcorn, and paper garlands.
12/18/2019

Christmas in the one-room school...students decorated trees with nuts, eggs, cranberries, popcorn, and paper garlands.

Christmas in a pioneer cabin. Hardy pioneers attempted to decorate their homes for the holidays using natural materials ...
12/18/2019

Christmas in a pioneer cabin. Hardy pioneers attempted to decorate their homes for the holidays using natural materials such as tree branches, pine cones, nuts and berries.

Curator Carol Wise's family provided special Christmas music last Sunday at the museum
12/18/2019

Curator Carol Wise's family provided special Christmas music last Sunday at the museum

Day 16- Christmas in the Victorian Parlor... No era influenced the way we celebrate Christmas as the Victorian era did. ...
12/16/2019

Day 16- Christmas in the Victorian Parlor... No era influenced the way we celebrate Christmas as the Victorian era did. Christmas was very important to the Victorians who are responsible for many traditions today--fanciful tree decorations, greeting cards, gift-giving, caroling, and the dinner menu.

Christmas Open House has changed through the years.
12/16/2019

Christmas Open House has changed through the years.

Then & now: holiday baking! Cookies are as sweet today as they were in Great Grandma's kitchen.
12/15/2019

Then & now: holiday baking! Cookies are as sweet today as they were in Great Grandma's kitchen.

More Christmas toys for good little boys (and girls!) Erector sets, Lincoln logs, and Legos topped the wish lists for ma...
12/14/2019

More Christmas toys for good little boys (and girls!) Erector sets, Lincoln logs, and Legos topped the wish lists for many years, among other favorites.

Christmas toys:  What was on a little girl's wish list? For the doll-lovers, perhaps a Floradora or Mrs. Beasley. More r...
12/13/2019

Christmas toys: What was on a little girl's wish list? For the doll-lovers, perhaps a Floradora or Mrs. Beasley. More recently, Cabbage Patch Kids.

Day 11- Reflections from a 103 year old... Genevieve (Campbell) Emerson grew up on a farm outside of Kalida and recalls ...
12/12/2019

Day 11- Reflections from a 103 year old... Genevieve (Campbell) Emerson grew up on a farm outside of Kalida and recalls receiving a book and mittens for Christmas each year. She is the mother of the museum curator, Carol Wise, and we'd like to wish her a Happy Birthday!

Day 10- ornaments "then and now." Laura Schulte crafted these fabric ornaments by hand in the mid 1900s.Today, ornaments...
12/11/2019

Day 10- ornaments "then and now." Laura Schulte crafted these fabric ornaments by hand in the mid 1900s.
Today, ornaments come in a variety of styles for every interest.

Day 9- Christmas trees "then and now." From a 1900s feather tree decorated with gilded walnuts and standing only a coupl...
12/10/2019

Day 9- Christmas trees "then and now." From a 1900s feather tree decorated with gilded walnuts and standing only a couple feet tall... to a 21st century Christmas tree many of us have today.

Day 8. Let there be light! Candles in the 1900s, then Noma began marketing electric lights and bubble lights in the 1940...
12/09/2019

Day 8. Let there be light! Candles in the 1900s, then Noma began marketing electric lights and bubble lights in the 1940s. In 1955, flashing mini lights were introduced.

12/08/2019
12/07/2019
This creche was hand-crafted by Louis Heckman, one of several he built for display in the Ottoville elementary classroom...
12/06/2019

This creche was hand-crafted by Louis Heckman, one of several he built for display in the Ottoville elementary classrooms. Heckman was the first Ottoville basketball coach. He retired from coaching in 1951 and continued to teach for many years. Heckman was also mayor of Ottoville for 23 years.

The story of Santa Claus begins with a monk named St. Nicholas whose modern name is Santa Claus. His love of children an...
12/06/2019

The story of Santa Claus begins with a monk named St. Nicholas whose modern name is Santa Claus. His love of children and generosity to the needy led to the tradition of gift-giving in his honor.
The museum Christmas collection contains ceramic Santa figures and the history of how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus.

Every child cherishes the moment of discovering what Santa has placed in that special stocking. In the old days, an oran...
12/05/2019

Every child cherishes the moment of discovering what Santa has placed in that special stocking. In the old days, an orange or some hard tack candy might be found. In the 1950s, small treasures such as jacks, playing cards, or a candy cane greeted good children, but some worried that their stockings might hold nothing but a lump of coal!

Between 1898-1918, the golden era of postcards, Christmas postcards were the most popular way of conveying holiday wishe...
12/03/2019

Between 1898-1918, the golden era of postcards, Christmas postcards were the most popular way of conveying holiday wishes. This greeting card was sent from Glandorf, Ohio in 1907 for one cent postage. There are albums of vintage penny postcards for all occasions in the library at the museum.

Our Christmas Open House is Sunday, December 8 from 1-4.

The Sears-Roebuck catalog was called the "wish book" by boys and girls making out their Christmas list.  Locally, Paul's...
12/02/2019

The Sears-Roebuck catalog was called the "wish book" by boys and girls making out their Christmas list. Locally, Paul's "5 and dime" in Ottawa was the place to shop in the 1950s. Who remembers Christmas shopping at Paul's?
Come to the Christmas Open House at the museum this Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.

In the 1850s through the 1890s, most children in this area received only one small present in their stocking for Christm...
12/01/2019

In the 1850s through the 1890s, most children in this area received only one small present in their stocking for Christmas. These two little gifts, a glass marble and a bird whistle, were the only toys Charlie Veach received for his first and second Christmas. Charles grew up in Kalida, graduated from Ohio Northern University, and became a prominent lawyer in the county.
Come to the Christmas Open House at the museum Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m.

We have many treasures in our Christmas inventory and look forward to sharing a little about them this month with our Fa...
12/01/2019

We have many treasures in our Christmas inventory and look forward to sharing a little about them this month with our Facebook viewers. "25 Days of Christmas" begins today!

Amy Ricker (Shikoba) is a trustee for Putnam County historical Society
11/24/2019

Amy Ricker (Shikoba) is a trustee for Putnam County historical Society

Thank you Mrs. Button & Shikoba "Little Feather" for coming to our classrooms and teaching us how life was during the first thanksgiving!!

Kalida Elementary School
11/23/2019

Kalida Elementary School

Mrs. Milie Ruen & Mrs. Carol Wise from the Putnam County Historical Society & Museum shared with the first grade class food & tools that the early Americans and native Americans used. Thank you Millie & Carol!
Mr. Glen Buetler also visited to share Native American artifacts with the first grade. Thank you Glen for visiting the 1st grade!

Putnam County Historical Society & Museum
11/03/2019

Putnam County Historical Society & Museum

11/03/2019
Congressman Bob Latta enjoyed chicken at the museum on Sunday
09/12/2019

Congressman Bob Latta enjoyed chicken at the museum on Sunday

09/08/2019

Coming to Kalida Pioneer Days for the parade today? Be sure to stop by the museum between 10-4 (closed during the parade at 1:30).

We hope to see you around!
09/07/2019

We hope to see you around!

Timeline Photos
08/30/2019

Timeline Photos

We will be serving Chicken Barbecue dinners on Sunday, Sept. 9 before the Pioneer Parade begins. Tickets are available f...
08/26/2019

We will be serving Chicken Barbecue dinners on Sunday, Sept. 9 before the Pioneer Parade begins. Tickets are available for purchase now and on the day of the BBQ. As always, thank you for supporting the PCHS Museum!

07/04/2019
Nora Basinger gave 28 years of service to the Putnam County Historical Society Museum. She will be greatly missed and al...
06/18/2019

Nora Basinger gave 28 years of service to the Putnam County Historical Society Museum.
She will be greatly missed and always remembered.

We must remember D-Day year round. Come take a look at our military display to honor and remember the sacrifices made th...
06/09/2019

We must remember D-Day year round. Come take a look at our military display to honor and remember the sacrifices made throughout history. We are open Sundays 1-4 PM and Wednesdays 9-noon.

Photos from Putnam County Historical Society & Museum's post
05/27/2019

Photos from Putnam County Historical Society & Museum's post

We’d like to thank Kalida High School students for helping us during their Day of Service- an opportunity for students t...
05/15/2019

We’d like to thank Kalida High School students for helping us during their Day of Service- an opportunity for students to give back to the community and businesses who support the school.

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201 E Main St
Kalida, OH
45853

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Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00

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(419) 532-3008

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Learn about the past of Putnam County (Ohio) by coming to the museum! Here you will find several local artifacts on display, be able to research family and county history, become involved in yearly events, donate artifacts of your own, and much more. Stop by during our regular hours- admission is free and open to the public.

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Save the Date: May 5, 2-4 p.m., Mother-Daughter Tea at Putnam County Historical Museum in Kalida.
I am looking for a death record for George Joseph Stucke. His last child, Francis Stucke was born on January 2, 1845. I have found that record from the Glandorf, St Johns church records. But this was recorded by a traveling priest and they lived near Ft Jennings. I find a record of his widow, Agnes Wallesser Stucke marrying a Fred Lehmkohl in late 1846. They had a set of twins born on October 23, 1848 in Ft Jennings Ohio. So my George Joseph Stucke died sometime between 1844 and 1846. Can anyone help me.
Sawyer Wardzala sang this special tribute song during the Veteran tribute at the PCHS museum on Sunday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_JdBtrEc6E
Sawyer Wardzala sang this special tribute song during the Veteran tribute at the PCHS museum on Sunday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_JdBtrEc6E