Allen County Museum and Historical Society

Allen County Museum and Historical Society The Allen County Museum is a place of discovery, history, and fun. We invite you, your friends, and family to visit and connect with the stories and objects that created the world in which we live.

The Allen County Museum campus is made up of the main history museum facility, (including the Children's Discovery Center, genealogy/local history library, railroad archives, and local history exhibits), the historic house museum known as "the MacDonell House", the Faze log house, and the Children's Garden.

07/01/2019

Beginning July 2nd
Special Summer Hours.
Tuesday - Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The special hours will end September 8th.

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06/21/2019

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06/14/2019

Allen County Museum Presents:

"A Century of Quilting". Opening June 15th. This exhibition highlights a selection of 25 quilts from the Museum's permanent collection dating throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Visitors can experience noteworthy examples of patchwork, applique', crazy and signature quilts. Most of the quilts on display have been donated to the Museum from residents throughout Allen County. The oldest quilt on display dates between 1820-1840, while the most recent dates to 1935.

Members and friends can enjoy a sneak peek tonight from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

A series of workshops and programs are planned in conjunction with the exhibition. Please check our website for details.

06/06/2019

Allen County Museum
Summer Events

Quilt Display - June 15, 2019 thru September 15, 2019

Living History Day (Saturday, July 13th: 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.)
• Craftspeople:
• Master Gardeners showing how pioneers used herbs
• Military re-enactors: Rev War – Civil War;
• Cooking in the log house
• Bear Claw Jeb and his Native American artifacts
• 2:00 P.M.: Steve and Lisa Ball - Civil War era Music

Life in the 1860s (Thursday, July 25th: 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.)
• Enter our schoolhouse for a lesson from the 1860s.
• Visit our general store and learn about 1860's shopping
• Discover what gardening was like in the 1860s.
• Meet a Civil War soldier & Wild Bill Hickok re-enactors.
• Learn about spinning, weaving, and quilting.
• See how you would have dressed 150+ years ago.
• Discover the importance of the Underground Railroad.
• Play games and make crafts that were popular in 1860.

Quilt Workshop – Family Oriented (ages 9+):
June 27: 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
• Make a housewife, needle book.
• Cost: $3 per project (pre-registration required by June
20th)

Quilt Workshop – Adults:
August 27th and 29th (2-part session): 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
• Piece together a 9-patch block and quilt it
• Cost: $5 per person (pre-registration required by August
20th)

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03/11/2019

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

You don't want to miss this!! This Wednesday evening (February 27th) at the Allen County Museum - the incredible Geneva ...
02/26/2019

You don't want to miss this!! This Wednesday evening (February 27th) at the Allen County Museum - the incredible Geneva Red and the Original Delta Fireballs. 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

01/20/2019

The Allen County Museum is closed today. Sunday January 20th. Please stay safe and warm.

01/19/2019

The Allen County Museum will be closed today. Saturday, January 19th.

01/16/2019

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The 111th Annual Membership Meeting of the
Allen County Historical Society

The Allen County Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Folsom Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Our guest speaker, Kenneth Sowards, will be preceded by a brief business meeting. Sowards will present The Loramie Site on the Fleckenstein Farm, Fort Loramie, Ohio. Sowards is a highly regarded former social studies teacher who taught at Fort Loramie High School. He attended Miami University Middletown, where he received a BA in history at Miami Oxford and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Dayton. Sowards' interest in history has been with him since he was a teen.

Retiring from teaching in 2014, Ken participated in an archaeological dig near Fort Loramie. As a result of the dig, Sowards was able to locate the site of a trading post dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War and Anthony Wayne's Fort Loramie. A year prior, he was able to pinpoint the exact location of the tree that was used to mark the starting point of the Greenville Treaty survey line from 1795.

Ken continued pursuing more information about the Loramie site, working closely with three men including a surveyor from the Shelby County Engineer’s Office and representatives from two local Historical Societies. The efforts of these men has yielded success, as Ken was able to determine, with precision, information about the Greenville Treaty. Furthermore, the excavation unearthed a variety of items, some of which amounted in large quantities.

For more information about this event, please contact Amy Craft at Allen County Museum and Historical Society by email at [email protected] or by phone at 419.222.9426.

12/02/2018

Congratulations to all of our winners and everyone else that put up a tree this year. We had 100 beautiful trees and wreaths and everyone is a winner in my eyes. Thanks for making this a great Christmas TreeFestival!!! Thank you to all of our volunteers who spend so many hours helping make this a wonderful yearly tradition. And a big Thank you to RTA for helping transport our visitors especially in all the rain yesterday. It truly was a great festival!!

We are down to the last 30 minutes for the 2018 Christmas Tree Festival.  Thanks to all of you who voted on your favorit...
12/02/2018

We are down to the last 30 minutes for the 2018 Christmas Tree Festival. Thanks to all of you who voted on your favorite tree.

Congratulations to this year's winners:
1st Place: Marimor Industries "Our Bright and Shiny World", tree #81
2nd Place: Derek M., "Christmas Celebrations", tree #5
3rd Place: Zeroing In On Zane, "Shining a Light on Autism Awareness", tree #49
4th Place: The Wyngate Senior Living Community, "Snowmen Melt Our Hearts, tree #52
5th Place: Shaw Family/Fresh Flips & Finds, "Magical Ski Slope", tree #55

12/01/2018
Enjoy Local Entertainment at the Christmas Tree Festival

Stop by the museum for the 46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival today until 5:00 pm. Enjoy local entertaiment, baked goods, Evergreen the Talking Tree, hands-on kids activities, over 100 decorated trees and much more. Start a new tradition or join the hundreds of local residents who have made this event part of their annual holidays!

IT'S ALMOST HERE!!!  THE 46TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL OPENS TOMORROW NOVEMBER 28TH AT 10:00 AM AND RUNS THROUGH S...
11/27/2018

IT'S ALMOST HERE!!! THE 46TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL OPENS TOMORROW NOVEMBER 28TH AT 10:00 AM AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND. PLEASE JOIN US. HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
WEDNESDAY - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
THURSDAY - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FRIDAY - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
SATURDAY - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SUNDAY - 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

COME SEE HOW THIS YEARS SNOWMAN IS DRESSED.

The 46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival opens just 2 weeks from today. We hope to see you there! This year we will have ...
11/14/2018

The 46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival opens just 2 weeks from today. We hope to see you there! This year we will have over 100 decorated trees in the museum along with the beautifully decorated MacDonell House and Log House.
Days & Hours:
Wednesday, November 28th 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday, November 29th 10 am - 5 pm Friday, November 30th 10 am - 8 pm Saturday, December 1st 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, December 2nd 12 pm - 5 pm.

The 46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival opens just 2 weeks from today. We hope to see you there! This year we will have over 100 decorated trees in the museum along with the beautifully decorated MacDonell House and log house.

The 46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival opens just 2 weeks from today.  We hope to see you there!  This year we will hav...
11/14/2018

The 46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival opens just 2 weeks from today. We hope to see you there! This year we will have over 100 decorated trees in the museum along with the beautifully decorated MacDonell House and log house.

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11/14/2018

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District
10/23/2018

Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District

It's only FIVE weeks away! The Christmas Tree Festival at the Allen County Museum. An annual treat for the Lima community for the past 46 years. This years theme is a "Shiny Bright Christmas"
Times: November 28- Dec 2. Wed & Thurs 10a-5p, Friday 10a-8p, Saturday 10a- 5p, Sunday noon to 5p
If you are interested in ENTERING a tree, please call 419-222-9426, if you're interesting in volunteering your time at some point during the 5 days of the festival, please call 419-222-9426.
If you're interested in helping decorate the MacDonell House, please call 419-222-9426.
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It takes many volunteers to make this a successful event! Please consider giving back to the Lima community with just a couple hours of your time.

Coming up this Sunday, October 28th at 2 p.m., in conjunction with the Ohio Humanities Council, join us in welcoming Dr....
10/22/2018

Coming up this Sunday, October 28th at 2 p.m., in conjunction with the Ohio Humanities Council, join us in welcoming Dr. William Trollinger, University of Dayton, for a presentation entitled "Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics: the Ohio Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s." Learn more at: http://www.allencountymuseum.org/ACM2/Upcoming_Program.html

Join us Sunday, Sept. 30th at 2 p.m. for another great presentation.  Wood County Museum Education Coordinator Mike McMa...
09/16/2018

Join us Sunday, Sept. 30th at 2 p.m. for another great presentation. Wood County Museum Education Coordinator Mike McMaster will offer a program entitled "Henry County in the Great War: German-Americans, Patriots, and Loyalty, 1914-1918." Lear more at: http://www.allencountymuseum.org/ACM2/Upcoming_Program.html

We are now accepting tree registrations for the 2018 Christmas Tree Festival.  You (individuals, churches, clubs, scout ...
09/14/2018

We are now accepting tree registrations for the 2018 Christmas Tree Festival. You (individuals, churches, clubs, scout troops or school groups) are welcome to participate.
If you have not received a registration in the mail and would like to register a tree for the 46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival you can either call Donna Collins at 419-222-9426 or email your request to [email protected]. The festival will run from November 28th thru December 2nd. This years theme is "A Shiny Bright Christmas". Tree set up day is Monday, November 26th from 9:00 to 4:30 and take down day is Monday December 3rd from 9:00 to 4:30.

08/24/2018
08/23/2018

Volunteer at the Allen County Museum
620 W. Market Street Lima, OH 45801

Have you been thinking about volunteer service? Volunteering is a wonderful way to give something back to your community. The Allen County Museum and Historical Society offers a number of volunteer opportunities.

Join our Award-winning Docent Program and receive training for one or more of the following opportunities:

1. Leading school and adult tours
2. Assisting the general public during regular museum hours
3. Serving as receptionist during school tours
4. Assisting in the Children’s Discovery Center (in the hands-
on area)

Contact Sarah Rish @ 419-222-9426

Other Volunteer Opportunities

The Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library
Shelving books, copying articles and filing information in our archives.

Contact Anna Selfridge @ 419-222-9426

Christmas Tree Festival
All kinds of fun ways to be involved!

Contact Donna Collins @ 419-222-9426

Volunteer application forms may be picked up at the receptionist’s desk at the
Allen County Museum 620 W. Market St., Lima, OH 45801

Coming up on Sunday, August 26th, at 2 pm, join us to watch the film "Influenza 1918."  One hundred years ago, the Spani...
08/17/2018

Coming up on Sunday, August 26th, at 2 pm, join us to watch the film "Influenza 1918." One hundred years ago, the Spanish Flu pandemic killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. Why was this flu bug so deadly? Learn more at: http://www.allencountymuseum.org/ACM2/Upcoming_Program.html

Blast from the past...1989 Museum staff:  Curators' Chas Bates and John Carnes; and Curators' John Carnes, Sarah Rish, a...
07/07/2018

Blast from the past...
1989 Museum staff: Curators' Chas Bates and John Carnes; and Curators' John Carnes, Sarah Rish, and Director, Ray Schuck all at Mr. Keller's 80th birthday party celebration.

Coming up this Sunday, June 24th at 2 p.m., join us for a an interesting presentation with Mr. Larry Wren entitled, "My ...
06/18/2018

Coming up this Sunday, June 24th at 2 p.m., join us for a an interesting presentation with Mr. Larry Wren entitled, "My Illustrated Journey." What happens when you add art to a career in law enforcement? More information at: http://www.allencountymuseum.org/ACM2/Upcoming_Program.html

06/14/2018
Coming up this Sunday...     Allen County’s history is replete with remarkable people and events.  Many are aware of t...
05/15/2018

Coming up this Sunday...
Allen County’s history is replete with remarkable people and events. Many are aware of the contributions from the oil or locomotive industries. But one important topic that deserves a closer look is astronomy.
The Allen County Historical Society is pleased to present Professor Emeritus, Earl Lhamon who will present “Astronomy in Allen County” on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Museum. Professor Lhamon’s talk reflects on Allen County’s legacy of notable people interested in astronomy: William Fowler (Nobel Laureate), Dean Eric Baumgarner (Mars Rover), Leslie Peltier (Delphos), Glen Smith (NASA), John Timmerman (UFO), Carolyn Hurless (AAVSO), and members of the Lima Astronomical Society (LAS) who helped the Schoonover Observatory become a reality. He reminisces how a hobby lead from backyard telescopes to radio astronomy and Mauna Kea Hawaii.
Earl Lhamon graduated from Lima South High school, Ohio Northern University and Bowling Green State University. He taught Mathematics and Computer Science courses at Ohio Northern University for 43 years as well as Physics and Astronomy at The Ohio State University in Lima and Bellefontaine. He is a charter member of the Lima Astronomical Society (LAS). It was during his LAS presidency that the Schoonover Observatory was designed, funded and built. He also helped manufacture the optics for the original telescope at the Schoonover Observatory. Since 1964, Professor Lhamon has been a frequent lecturer and host for programs at the observatory.
Professor Lhamon and his wife Joyce have traveled extensively. They have three adult children, all with advanced degrees in science and medicine. This program is free and open to the public.

Three of our favorite railroaders:  Chas Bates, Mr. John Keller (cut out), and John Keller, Jr.
04/26/2018

Three of our favorite railroaders: Chas Bates, Mr. John Keller (cut out), and John Keller, Jr.

04/05/2018

Still Looking for a Part-time Custodial/Maintenance Person

The Allen County Museum is looking for a part time custodial/maintenance person to work in the mornings. Responsible for sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning glass, dusting, changing light bulbs, setting up tables and chairs for meetings and events along with other misc. duties. Must be able to climb ladders and lift up to 50 lbs.

Please mail your resume to the Allen County Museum, Attention: Donna Collins, 620 W. Market Street, Lima, OH 45801 or email to [email protected]

Coming up this Sunday, join us at 2 p.m. for "The Medal of Honor in World War I" with Larry Huffman.  More information a...
03/21/2018
Lawrence A. Huffman

Coming up this Sunday, join us at 2 p.m. for "The Medal of Honor in World War I" with Larry Huffman. More information at: http://www.allencountymuseum.org/ACM2/Upcoming_Program.html

In late March, 1918 America, having declared war the year before, began seven months of heavy combat in Europe that turned the tide for the Allies and ended the Great War. Two years prior to that President Wilson had issued executive orders that set higher standards for the issuance of the Medal of....

The animated film of Sergeant Stubby will hit theaters in April.  This heart-warming story is a must see for the entire ...
03/03/2018

The animated film of Sergeant Stubby will hit theaters in April. This heart-warming story is a must see for the entire family. Don’t miss it.

One of the most famous American dogs of World War I was Sergeant Stubby.  He saved his regiment from gas attacks, found ...
03/02/2018

One of the most famous American dogs of World War I was Sergeant Stubby. He saved his regiment from gas attacks, found and comforted wounded soldiers, and even caught an enemy soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him until American soldiers found him. Stubby’s actions were followed and reported in American newspapers and he had thousands of fans.

[Image: Wiki Commons]

Animals of World War 1 included sentry dogs who stayed with one soldier or guard and were trained to growl or bark when ...
03/01/2018

Animals of World War 1 included sentry dogs who stayed with one soldier or guard and were trained to growl or bark when they sensed a stranger in the area. Frequently, Dobermans were used as sentry dogs.

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Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for the annual Blues Concert.  Ricky Nye is here from Cincinnati.  He is Boogie Woogie Extraor...
02/28/2018

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for the annual Blues Concert. Ricky Nye is here from Cincinnati. He is Boogie Woogie Extraordinaire!

Casualty dogs were trained to find wounded or dying soldiers on the battlefield during World War 1. They carried medical...
02/28/2018

Casualty dogs were trained to find wounded or dying soldiers on the battlefield during World War 1. They carried medical supplies so an injured soldier could treat himself. They would also stay beside a dying soldier to keep him company.

[Image: Mary Evans Picture Library]

Some of the hardest working and most trusted animals in World War 1 were dogs.  The most popular breeds were medium-size...
02/27/2018

Some of the hardest working and most trusted animals in World War 1 were dogs. The most popular breeds were medium-sized dogs like German Shepherds. Some dogs were trained to carry messages through the trenches. Others carried supplies.

[Image: Library of Congress]

Some animals were used to transport messages during World War 1. 100,000 carrier pigeons were used as messengers during ...
02/26/2018

Some animals were used to transport messages during World War 1. 100,000 carrier pigeons were used as messengers during the war. Records indicate that pigeons delivered 95% of their messages correctly.

[Image from Library of Congress]

02/25/2018

The Museum is open today from 1 to 4 p.m. Join us at 2 p.m. for a great presentation by Dr. Perry Bush: "Lynching and the Rule of Law in Lima, Ohio."

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620 W Market St
Lima, OH
45801

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(419) 222-9426

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