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.
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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.

47th Annual Christmas Tree Festival  People's Choice Award - 1st place tree - Zeroing in on Zane.
12/10/2019

47th Annual Christmas Tree Festival People's Choice Award - 1st place tree - Zeroing in on Zane.

We would like to thank all of the many wonderful volunteers that helped us prepare for and pull off our 47th annual Chri...
12/10/2019

We would like to thank all of the many wonderful volunteers that helped us prepare for and pull off our 47th annual Christmas Tree Festival. It takes an army to do it and each and everyone of you is deeply appreciated!!!

The People's Choice awards for the 2019 Christmas Tree Festival are:# 1 Zeroing in on Zane, Autism Awareness # 46# 2 Mar...
12/08/2019

The People's Choice awards for the 2019 Christmas Tree Festival are:
# 1 Zeroing in on Zane, Autism Awareness # 46
# 2 Marimor Industries # 84
# 3 Primrose Retirement Community, How Sweet It Is # 68
# 4 Jennifer Bockrath, Memories of Mom # 61
# 5 Cartridge Gaming, 8-Bit Christmas # 59
Congratulations to all. We want to thank all of you for participating in the Festival. I think this year every tree was beautiful and unique and we hope everyone will come back next year!

Today is the last day for the 2019 Christmas Tree Festival.  If you haven't gotten to see all of the beautiful trees yet...
12/08/2019

Today is the last day for the 2019 Christmas Tree Festival. If you haven't gotten to see all of the beautiful trees yet come on out from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm today. Still lots going on. Fingerprint ornaments, Wreath Photos, Gifts of the Earth baskets, Boutique gift items and Little Children's Shop. The MacDonell House is also open all afternoon full of beautiful trees and decorations.

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo
11/27/2019

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

The Allen County Museum, in partnership with Church Women United of the Lima Area, and Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Par...
11/26/2019

The Allen County Museum, in partnership with Church Women United of the Lima Area, and Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, is pleased to announce the 47th Annual Christmas Tree Festival. Week-long activities begin on Wednesday, December 4th and continues through Sunday, December 8th, 2019.

Community members can visit the museum on the following dates and times to enjoy this year's selection of 107 trees. The 2019 schedule is as follow:
Wed., Dec. 4th 10 am-5 pm
Thurs., Dec. 5th 10 am- 5 pm
Fri., Dec. 6th 10 am- 8 pm
Sat., Dec. 7th 10 am-5 pm
Sun., Dec. 8th 12 pm-5 pm

Live entertainment is scheduled in the museum's Folsum Auditorium throughout the festival. Visitors can enjoy caroling, storytelling, high school ensembles, school choirs, bands, organ music on the old Page Theater Organ and other specialty groups. New entertainment includes the Jazz Band from Leipsic High School, Variety Singers from Spencerville High School, Meridian Choir from Lima Senior High School, South Tech String Players from South Middle School, Harpist Katie Bish, Varsity Singers from Cory Rawson High School and Phil Schey on piano, to name a few.

There are a few special times and activities to pay attention to during the week of events. On Friday, December 6th guests can view the trees and enjoy activities during extended hours from 5:00-8:00 pm. Access to the decorated MacDonell House is always free during this week. And, don't forget to stop by the Log House to get a sense of living as a pioneer in Ohio in the 1860s. Finally, listen to Ann Miller read The Polar Express on Friday evening, Dec. 6th and again on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8th.

In addition to seeing the decorated trees, visitors of all ages can also enjoy a variety of activities including a children's art exhibit by Lima City Elementary Schools in the auditorium. Thanks to the Lima Women's Club, children can visit Evergreen, The Talking Tree, on the museum's lower level. Children and adults can watch woodcarving and rug hooking demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. Guests are encouraged to continue old traditions by decorating a fingerprint plaque or purchasing a digital photo with the family. Shoppers can even pick up some gifts at the Little Children's Shoppe, the Bake Shoppe, the Holiday Boutique, and baskets from Gifts from the Earth.

Visit the Children's Discovery Center, where families can view this year's themed display, Christmas and New Year's in Japan. Parents can help their children enjoy age-appropriate hands-on activities including origami and cardmaking.

Elida Local Schools
11/06/2019

Elida Local Schools

We are proud of our Elida Senior, Jon Frueh, who has completed his Eagle Scout Project to rebuild the Metzger Memorial Monument at Metzger Reservoir. Everyone is welcome to attend the dedication ceremony this Saturday morning, November 9th at 10:00 am. The High School Symphonic Band will also perform. Jon has worked on this project since February with many area contractors and suppliers. The memorial is in honor of 2nd Lieutenant William E. Metzger Jr, from Lima, who was a pilot with the Army Air Forces and killed in action in Germany during World War 2. Nov. 9th is the 75th anniversary of his death and some of his family will attend. #elidapride

Christmas lights inside the museum's new addition.
10/22/2019

Christmas lights inside the museum's new addition.

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo
10/22/2019

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

10/14/2019

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped make “Ridin’ the Rails” a truly wonderful event today. We couldn’t do it without you and greatly appreciate you!!

10/12/2019

Ridin’ the Rails Update - There are still tickets available for the 10:00 am ride Sunday. $45.00 adult. $25.00 12 and under. Cash or check only. They can be purchased at the park before the ride begins. The 2:00 pm ride is sold out!!

10/10/2019

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE TRAIN EXCURSION! Don't miss this great event! We won't be doing it again until 2021. Only tickets for the 10:00 am ride are still available. Stop by the Museum and get your tickets for Sunday morning's ride tomorrow from 1:00-5:00 pm. If we have any tickets left we will sell in the park before the 10:00 am ride. 2:00 pm ride SOLD OUT.

10/10/2019

EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE - SUNDAY OCTOBER 27, 2019
1:30 - 4:00 PM @ THE ALLEN COUNTY MUSEUM. PLEASE RSVP TO SARAH RISH BY OCTOBER 18TH. [email protected] or 419-222-9426

10/07/2019

NEWS about the "Ridin' the Rails" train excursion tickets for October 13th. Unfortunately there has been some problems with our website and it is down. Tickets are still available for the train excursion but can not be purchased on line at this time. You can get your tickets at the Museum through Friday and if there are any remaining they will be for sale in the park on Sunday. Please bring cash or checks - credit cards cannot be taken. Very few 2:00 pm tickets are left (under 10) with more still available for the 10:00 ride. Tickets are $45. for adults and $25. for children 12 & under.

Sunday looks to be a beautiful day for a train ride with sun and in the 60's. Please join us in this fun event.

If you have ridden in the past you will find that things are quite different in the park now with the underpass being built. The will call tent and train boarding will now be at the north end of the park instead of the south with a little more walking than what there used to be. We have the Trolley picking up people from the Medical Building parking lot and dropping them at the south end of the park. Also there will be very limited handicapped parking in the park with a golf cart available to take some of those parked there up to the train. This is on a first come first serve basis.

10/03/2019

Ridin' the Rails tickets are going fast. We still have tickets available for the 10:00 am ride. Don't miss this historic ride from Lincoln Park over the Quincy Bridge and back on October 13th.

Please join us in celebrating the 47th year of the Allen County Museum's Christmas Tree Festival.  The Festival runs fro...
09/17/2019

Please join us in celebrating the 47th year of the Allen County Museum's Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival runs from December 4th thru December 8th. We are now accepting tree registrations. If you did not receive a registration in the mail we would be happy to email one to you. Registrations are due on October 25th. We have not set a theme this year and we are looking forward to sharing all of your creativity. If you have any questions or would like a registration please contact Donna Collins @ 419-222-9426 or [email protected]

On Sunday September 29 at 2:00pm, in the Folsom Auditorium at the Allen County Museum, Mike Buettner, a long-time member...
09/11/2019

On Sunday September 29 at 2:00pm, in the Folsom Auditorium at the Allen County Museum, Mike Buettner, a long-time member of the Allen County Historical Society, will be presenting his newest program, entitled "The Early History of High School Football in Allen County." His previous programs have been on such subjects as the Lincoln Highway, rural schoolhouses of Allen County, and early roads and maps of Allen County. This new program will cover the early history of organized football at eleven different schools in Allen County, plus ample coverage of the Central v. South rivalry. Special mention will be made for teams with especially outstanding seasons, such as the undefeated and unscored-upon Elida team of 1945. And since Mike is a Shawnee grad, he will give a shout-out to the two undefeated Indians teams from 1963 and 1966, with a brief summary of the Shawnee v. St.Rose/LCC rivalry. Fans of history and football are encouraged to attend

09/06/2019

Orientation Set for New Volunteers at the
Allen County Museum

An orientation session for prospective docents will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019, from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Docent Enrichment sessions scheduled for September 10th – 13th between 9:00 A.M. and noon are for both new and veteran docents. An exciting schedule of guest speakers will present programs about local history and suggest tips on how to interpret various museum exhibits to the public. After completing the requirements of being a provisional docent (observing docent-led tours and floor duty assignments, etc.), volunteers may conduct school and adult tours, assist visitors during regular museum hours, and help with crafts and tours in the Children’s Discovery Center. Docents are asked to volunteer at least 60 hours per year. For more information about this program, please contact Sarah Rish, Curator of Education, at 419-222-9426. The Allen County Museum is located at 620 W. Market Street, in Lima, Ohio

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo
08/23/2019

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

Some pictures from our Living History Day 2019! Be sure to stop by for this from 1-4 pm and our “Life in the 1860’s” Thu...
07/13/2019

Some pictures from our Living History Day 2019! Be sure to stop by for this from 1-4 pm and our “Life in the 1860’s” Thursday July 25!

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.

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo
06/21/2019

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

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)

Allen County Museum and Historical Society's cover photo
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.

Address

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

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(419) 222-9426

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