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.

We will be open on Sundays and Wednesdays beginning March 3. Stop by and discover the past of Putnam County!
03/03/2019

We will be open on Sundays and Wednesdays beginning March 3. Stop by and discover the past of Putnam County!

12/28/2018
12/26/2018
We would like to thank everyone for your support of the museum and local history. May you have a Merry Christmas and joy...
12/25/2018

We would like to thank everyone for your support of the museum and local history. May you have a Merry Christmas and joyous New Year!

Be sure to visit the museum while you’re in town for other events today! We are open from 1-4 PM and will be closed in...
12/16/2018

Be sure to visit the museum while you’re in town for other events today! We are open from 1-4 PM and will be closed in January and February. Thanks for supporting local history!

Join us at our Christmas Open House this Sunday, Dec. 9 to hear "Music at the Museum." Our local talent includes vocal s...
12/06/2018

Join us at our Christmas Open House this Sunday, Dec. 9 to hear "Music at the Museum." Our local talent includes vocal soloists and instrumentalists playing piano, accordion, and guitar. A sing-along begins at 3:30 P.M. and all are welcome!

Thank you to our local crafters/artists for being part of our Crafty Christmas Open House on Dec. 2. We appreciate your ...
12/02/2018

Thank you to our local crafters/artists for being part of our Crafty Christmas Open House on Dec. 2. We appreciate your participation!

Join us for our Crafty Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1-4 PM! Woven rugs, doll clothes, solar lamps, and much more wil...
11/30/2018

Join us for our Crafty Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1-4 PM! Woven rugs, doll clothes, solar lamps, and much more will be available for purchase by local crafters as you check out several new artifacts in our main building and annex. Admission is free!

(Craft Show photos: Nancy Kline)

Join us for our Christmas Open House, December 2 and 9 from 1-4 P.M.
11/25/2018

Join us for our Christmas Open House, December 2 and 9 from 1-4 P.M.

11/11/2018
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Putnam County District Library

Join Ruth for a "Spooky Good Time" at the PC Historical Society located 201 E. Main St., Kalida, OH

Learn about reported hauntings in Putnam County on Sunday, October 28. The PCHS will host an evening of "Legends and Lor...
09/27/2018

Learn about reported hauntings in Putnam County on Sunday, October 28. The PCHS will host an evening of "Legends and Lore" at the museum in Kalida. The event will begin at 6 PM with Ruth Wilhelm from the Putnam County Library telling of numerous ghostly "legends" and reported lore in Putnam County. This will be followed by a time of sharing. All ages are invited to attend. The event is free. No pre-registration necessary.

Visit our annex today, Sept. 16, from 1-4 P.M. as part of the Ohio Open Doors tour! Check out the general store, barbers...
09/16/2018

Visit our annex today, Sept. 16, from 1-4 P.M. as part of the Ohio Open Doors tour! Check out the general store, barbershop, doctor office, cabin, post office, one room school, model barn, threshing machine, and many other exhibits.Children can play with Lincoln Logs, marbles, and other crafts.

Join us on Sunday, September 16 from 1-4 p.m. as we participate in the Ohio Open Doors tour!  The Bridenbaugh School Hou...
09/12/2018

Join us on Sunday, September 16 from 1-4 p.m. as we participate in the Ohio Open Doors tour! The Bridenbaugh School House and Putnam County Courthouse will also be opening doors for visitors (click image to enlarge for dates, times, and more info). All events are free.
Check out https://www.ohiohistory.org/opendoors for a listing of other participating buildings and landmarks across our state!

Hungry? We have plenty of chicken dinners for sale at the museum annex today. Rain or shine!
09/09/2018

Hungry? We have plenty of chicken dinners for sale at the museum annex today. Rain or shine!

Stop by today and get a break from the rain!
09/09/2018

Stop by today and get a break from the rain!

Stop by and see us today!
09/08/2018

Stop by and see us today!

Get your chicken barbecue dinners! These are great carryouts to enjoy before the Pioneer parade starts. Presale tickets ...
09/06/2018

Get your chicken barbecue dinners! These are great carryouts to enjoy before the Pioneer parade starts. Presale tickets available on Saturday at the museum.

Come learn about famous people from Putnam County! Our annual meeting is Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 pm in the Ruen Annex ...
09/06/2018

Come learn about famous people from Putnam County! Our annual meeting is Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 pm in the Ruen Annex behind the museum. Guest speakers: Nancy Kline and Bruce Stowe. Hope to see you there!

Kalida Pioneer Days are always the weekend after Labor Day! Be sure to stop by the museum Saturday and Sunday.
08/31/2018

Kalida Pioneer Days are always the weekend after Labor Day! Be sure to stop by the museum Saturday and Sunday.

Every third weekend in August, the rural community of Fort Jennings, Ohio swells from a population of 500 to several tho...
08/15/2018

Every third weekend in August, the rural community of Fort Jennings, Ohio swells from a population of 500 to several thousand people who gather to celebrate our military history and our veterans. This three day event features unique exhibits from all over the United States, and, this year, includes several displays related to our brave first responders who protect us at home.

A featured attraction for this year’s event is the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower’s Foundation and their 9/11 “Never Forget” Mobile Exhibit. This high tech, 53 foot tractor trailer unfolds into a 1,000 square foot museum with interacting displays, artifacts from the Twin Towers, and firefighting equipment used at the scene of the 9/11 disaster with live tours by FDNY firefighters.

You’ll also find a little Hollywood at Fort Fest 2018 ~ Kevyn Major Howard, famous for his role as “Rafterman” from Stanley Kubrick’s blockbuster film, Full Metal Jacket and two of his National 9/11 Angels Memorial Cars will arrive at Fort Fest on Friday evening. These come all the way from Las Vegas and are part of the Fueled By The Fallen American Race Car Road Tour.

These new displays will be added to the returning Huey 369 organization, War of 1812 Re-enactments, artillery and cannon displays, the Wolf Hounds Vietnam Re-enactment group, Children’s Camp 1812, The Master Modeler and Traveling Museum, and an assortment of other historic military displays. One of the area’s largest military vehicle shows takes place at Fort Fest including the USMC 3rd Medical Battalion, a Vietnam era military ambulance and medical display.

Many kid friendly activities can be found at this year’s event. Camp 1812 is a structured Children’s Camp where grade schoolers can learn period War of 1812 militia drills, crafts, and games taught by War of 1812 Re-enactors. Children also have the opportunity to learn about Indian history and folklore from American Indian re-enactors. The 1812 Village provides a period encampment for public viewing, and cannons and musket fire light up the sky at two live War of 1812 battles re-enacted along the Auglaize River.

The Master Modeler Display allows attendees to handle, wear, or hold historic military memorabilia from an extensive collection which includes many handmade models and dioramas. The Ohio MIA/POW Wall will again be at this year’s event, and the largest military museum in the area, The Hometown Heroes Exhibit, boasts personal effects and memorabilia from local Veterans.

Other activities include a motorcade/motorcycle run, classic car show, and wine tasting featuring four Northwestern Ohio wineries. Free entertainment features Truckstop Manners, Exploit, Midwest Dueling Pianos, and the 338th Army Band. A variety of food and beverage options are available.

Flights on the Huey helicopter are arranged on a first come first serve basis, and the cost of these flights goes directly to the American Huey 369 Organization, however all exhibits, re-enactments, and entertainment are free to the public.
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Dr. Wesley Klir, Co-Chair of this year’s event states, “These exhibits help us to commemorate our military history in Fort Jennings and the contributions of all our beloved veterans and first responders. It is an opportunity for us to remember, remind, and respect the sacrifices of these heroes”. Fort Fest is scheduled for August 17th through 19th, and details are available online at fortjenningspark.com or on Facebook under Fort Jennings Park.

Here is a big town history experience with a small town price! All kindergarten through 6th grade aged children in the P...
08/05/2018

Here is a big town history experience with a small town price! All kindergarten through 6th grade aged children in the Putnam County area are invited to join in Camp 1812 on Saturday, August 18th at Fort Fest. Here your little militia man/woman can learn about period music, arts, games, and the experience of a militia soldier at Fort Jennings. For $15 you get the Camp 1812 experience as well as a free lunch and t-shirt. Children from all area communities are more than welcome, so feel free to share! Activities at this year's camp will meet requirements for several Cub and Girl Scout badges.
Visit http://fortjenningspark.com/fort-fest.html for more information about this event!

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The museum will be open Sunday, Dec 17 from 1-4 PM. Our new annex has many exhibits, including our featured one-room sch...
12/17/2017

The museum will be open Sunday, Dec 17 from 1-4 PM. Our new annex has many exhibits, including our featured one-room school and trees decorated by area students. There's something for everyone! Free admission.

Join us for our Christmas Open House today (Dec 10) from 1-4 PM. Our new annex has many exhibits, including our featured...
12/10/2017

Join us for our Christmas Open House today (Dec 10) from 1-4 PM. Our new annex has many exhibits, including our featured one-room school and trees decorated by area students. There's something for everyone! Free admission.

We look forward to visitors at our Christmas Open House today (Dec. 8 from 6-9 PM) and Sunday (Dec. 10 from 1-4 PM).
12/08/2017

We look forward to visitors at our Christmas Open House today (Dec. 8 from 6-9 PM) and Sunday (Dec. 10 from 1-4 PM).

Visit our open house "The ABCs of Christmas: Featuring Christmas in the one-room school." Various elementary students fr...
12/02/2017

Visit our open house "The ABCs of Christmas: Featuring Christmas in the one-room school." Various elementary students from the county have created adorable ornaments for trees in our new annex this year. Supplies will be available for children to make their own ornaments as well.

Join us for our Christmas open house on Dec. 3 (1-4 PM) Dec. 8 (6-9 PM) and Dec. 10 (1-4 PM). The theme this year is the...
11/30/2017

Join us for our Christmas open house on Dec. 3 (1-4 PM) Dec. 8 (6-9 PM) and Dec. 10 (1-4 PM). The theme this year is the ABC's of Christmas featuring Christmas in the one-room school. The museum and new annex will be decorated with vintage decor as well as tree ornaments created by Putnam County elementary students.

Join us for our Open House! "ABCs of Christmas: Featuring Christmas in the One-room School"
11/22/2017

Join us for our Open House! "ABCs of Christmas: Featuring Christmas in the One-room School"

Stop by the Fort Jennings Library on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. for a presentation titled "Fort Amanda- Historical Red...
11/16/2017

Stop by the Fort Jennings Library on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. for a presentation titled "Fort Amanda- Historical Redress." Details below!

Pioneer Days special! We are offering our "Putnam County History & Families" book for $40 (regularly $64). Stop by the m...
09/09/2017

Pioneer Days special! We are offering our "Putnam County History & Families" book for $40 (regularly $64). Stop by the museum on Sunday from 11:30-4 to pick up a copy. Enjoy reading nearly 400 pages of interesting facts about our county!

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09/08/2017

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Public invited to learn about one-room school houses
KALIDA – Dale Bridenbaugh is the guest speaker during Saturday, Sept. 9 annual meeting of the Putnam County Historical Society in Kalida. The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. at the museum in Kalida during Pioneer Days. The public is invited to attend. This year’s meeting will be held in the new building behind the museum.
Bridenbaugh’s topic is “The Legacy of One Room School Houses.” He will tell about the history of one-room school houses including information about Putnam County one-room school houses and the Bridenbaugh School House in Riley Township. This school house has been renovated with the inside furnished to replicate one-room school houses from the past.
The museum will be open Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed during the parade. Admission is free. The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Guests coming to the museum are invited to visit the new building that is complete on the outside and includes numerous new displays on the inside including a general store, barber shop, beauty shop, post office and one room school house. It also has a model bank barn built by Doral Plankenhorn and a model steam engine and threshing machine built by former Putnam County Commissioner John F. Deters.

09/08/2017
You're invited to our annual meeting during Kalida Pioneer Days! It will be held in our new building beside the museum.
09/04/2017

You're invited to our annual meeting during Kalida Pioneer Days! It will be held in our new building beside the museum.

08/31/2017

Kalida Pioneer Days are coming up the weekend after Labor Day. Be sure to stop by the museum while you're in town to see interesting new artifacts and preview our new building. Free admission, handicap accessible.
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10-4 (annual meeting at 1:30) and Sunday, Sept. 10 from 11:30-4 (closed during the parade).

Visit http://www.pioneerdays.com/ for more information about Pioneer Days. Hope to see you around!

History comes alive at the Fort Jennings Fort Fest, August 18, 19, and 20. Many exhibits from all over the US will be fe...
08/18/2017

History comes alive at the Fort Jennings Fort Fest, August 18, 19, and 20. Many exhibits from all over the US will be featured, including the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Ohio MIA/POW Wall. Period musicians, artisans, and storytellers will entertain you, along with a motorcade/motorcycle run, car show, wine tasting, and food. Take flight on a Vietnam era Huey Helicopter (available on a first come first served basis, with cost of flights going to the American Huey 369 Organization). See live 1812 and Vietnam War Re-enactments. Jennings Memorial Hall features one of the area’s largest military exhibits displaying the artifacts, stories, and mementos of our beloved local veterans. This one of a kind festival allows you to celebrate our military men and women, past and present. Hope to see you there!
Check out http://fortjenningspark.com/fort-fest.html for a full schedule of events.

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Coming to FORT JENNINGS MEMORIAL HALL for a one night performance on Monday, March 27th is the World Famous Glenn Miller...
01/23/2017

Coming to FORT JENNINGS MEMORIAL HALL for a one night performance on Monday, March 27th is the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra!! This group tours nationally and has performed at many major metropolitan venues, but this is the most intimate performance that you will ever have a chance to see for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Doors open at 6pm and show starts at 7pm. All tickets are pre-sale only. Seats are very limited, so if you want to attend, please make reservations early. Ticket price is $25, and includes refreshments. Call 419-286-2577 or 419-283-2438 for tickets.
Photo/info courtesy Wes Klir

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