Greater Milford Area Historical Society

Greater Milford Area Historical Society GMAHS collects, preserves, interprets, & promotes the history of the Milford/Miami Twp area. Stewards

Promont Museum is open on the first, third and fifth Sunday of every month from 1 pm to 4 pm. Docent-led tours are $5, students 12 and over $3, and children under 12 can tour the house for free. Call (513) 248-0324 for more information or to set up a private tour during the week. GMAHS office hours are from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday.

Well, this would be an unusual stay! Do you think you would try it out?
01/09/2024

Well, this would be an unusual stay! Do you think you would try it out?

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a luxury, 1920-era railcar, the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum has your answer.

Did you know that Rev. Gatch's original clearing where he erected his first cabin and later his frame house is the prese...
01/08/2024

Did you know that Rev. Gatch's original clearing where he erected his first cabin and later his frame house is the present Greenlawn Cemetery? (Cemetery Road, by McDonald's) There was a one-and-a-half story frame house which later had a two-story addition built onto one end.

Eventually it became the sexton's house for Greenlawn Cemetery.

Love this school bus!
01/03/2024

Love this school bus!

Sometimes we just find the best pictures.

Our Greater Milford Area History Readers' Book Club is tonight and every first Tuesday of the month! Here are our book s...
01/02/2024

Our Greater Milford Area History Readers' Book Club is tonight and every first Tuesday of the month! Here are our book selections for January through April.

January: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
February: The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
March: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
April: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Promont House, 906 Main Street, Milford and you are welcome to join us!

Happy New Year. Let's toast to the lessons of history that brought us here. Each year adds a chapter to our story, weavi...
01/02/2024

Happy New Year. Let's toast to the lessons of history that brought us here. Each year adds a chapter to our story, weaving a tale of triumphs and resilience, drawing inspiration from the past and facing the future with courage and wisdom.

May 2024 be filled with joy, prosperity, and the enduring spirit of human resilience.

Will you be singing this tonight, even if only in your head?
12/31/2023

Will you be singing this tonight, even if only in your head?

Why do we sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on New Year's Eve?

Each year, revelers around the world ring in the first moments of the new year with a familiar song.

You know the one: “Should old acquaintance be forgot / And never brought to mind? / Should old acquaintance be forgot / And days of auld lang syne?”

I'm sure you've heard many versions of this beloved Scottish folk song, but do you know what it means?

"Auld Lang Syne" is an 18th-century Scots phrase that translates to “old long since” or “for old times’ sake. Its beginnings can be found as a Scottish folk song, that was first written into a poem in 1788 by Scottish poet Robert Burns entitled "Auld Lang Syne."

Burns sent the poem to a friend after hearing it sung by an old Scottish peasant. The poem was first published in James Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum in 1796 — the year Burns died — and gained popularity after that. In 1799, the poem was put to music by George Thomson, and it is considered a song of friendship.

So why do we sing it on New Year’s Day?

The lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” pose the question: How do we best remember the memories, friends, and experiences of years before? The answer, Burns tells us, is to “share a cup of kindness yet” as we journey into the new year.

While it's been sung for centuries throughout the world, in America, it wasn't popularized until the last century when Big Band director Guy Lombardo and his band, the Royal Canadians, popularized “Auld Lang Syne” as a seasonal standard by playing it on New Year’s Eve broadcasts starting in 1929.

So tonight, share the memories of years past with friends as you prepare to make new memories in the upcoming year! Welcome to 2024 Tipton County!

The use of the Calling Card was one Victorian custom notable at holiday time. When calling, the visitor presented the ca...
12/30/2023

The use of the Calling Card was one Victorian custom notable at holiday time. When calling, the visitor presented the calling card to the servant and was shown to a seat.

The person may or may not be "receiving," or might not be "in," but after receiving a card, it was up to the recipient to return the call, either in person or with their own Calling Card.

It was not necessary to actually see the person you were visiting. A proper call lasted only 15 minutes. Courtesy calls, obligatory social calls and calls to acquaintances usually took place after 10 o'clock in the morning.

Follow us for more historical information, particularly as it relates to our area!

Join us for a discussion of Pip Williams’ deep dive into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary. Set during the h...
12/28/2023

Join us for a discussion of Pip Williams’ deep dive into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary. Set during the height of the women’s suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men.

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Promont House, 906 Main Street, Milford and you are welcome to join us!

One part of Christmas which has a rich, interesting history are the stories behind our favorite Christmas carols. In the...
12/25/2023

One part of Christmas which has a rich, interesting history are the stories behind our favorite Christmas carols. In the comments I'm including a link to an interesting article "The Stories Behind Our Most Beloved Christmas Carols," but a simple google will show you that there are many such articles and many controversies as well!

Below is a word cloud of 3 of those carols...can you tell which ones?

The Cincinnati Preservation Association is weighing in on the decision to close Coney Island and Sunlite Pool.
12/24/2023

The Cincinnati Preservation Association is weighing in on the decision to close Coney Island and Sunlite Pool.

The Cincinnati Preservation Association said the Sunlite Pool should be 'celebrated and preserved, not paved over,' and that there is space to build a new music venue while keeping the pool.

Head over and vote for our gorgeous decorations!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L6M78VZ
12/19/2023

Head over and vote for our gorgeous decorations! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L6M78VZ

Continuing our annual Milford-Miami Township Holiday Decorating Contest 🎄 for our local businesses, next up is Greater Milford Area Historical Society and Promont House.

The Greater Milford Area Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets and promotes the history of the greater Milford (and Miami Township), Ohio area. Promont House, its home on the hill, is remodeled to the tenancy dates of its most famous resident, 43rd Governor John M Pattison 1879-1906.

To vote head here: www.milfordmiamitownship.com/2023holidaydecorating 🎄 🎄 🎄

Over the next week, you will continue to hear about each of our 15 participating businesses!

Voting will close on Saturday, December 23rd with the winner announced on Christmas Eve!

There were be 3 winners this year:
☃️ "Frosty's Favorite" ☃️ (1st)
❄️ "Snowflake Spectacular" ❄️ (2nd)
🦌 "Rockin' Rudolph" 🦌 (3rd)

We love this gorgeous photo recently taken by Mark Birkle of Wrapped in Light Photography. This would make a gorgeous Ch...
12/19/2023

We love this gorgeous photo recently taken by Mark Birkle of Wrapped in Light Photography. This would make a gorgeous Christmas Card, don't you think?

Here is your chance to win a lighted Promont House! See photos in comments.
12/18/2023

Here is your chance to win a lighted Promont House! See photos in comments.

On this 6th day of Christmas, Greater Milford Area Historical Society and Promont House are gifting one lucky winner a beautiful lighted Promont House (in the style
Dept. 56 Christmas Villages). Look for a photo in the comments!

MiMi's 12 Days of Christmas mean 12 Days of Giveaways as we encourage you to SHOP LOCAL this holiday season!

For 12 days, you'll have the chance to enter a raffle for fun giveaways while you learn a bit more about our local businesses!

The Greater Milford Area Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets and promotes the history of the greater Milford (and Miami Township), Ohio area. Promont House, its home on the hill, is remodeled to the tenancy dates of its most famous resident, 43rd Governor John M Pattison 1879-1906.

Here's what you have to do for a chance to win:

🎁 Like this post! AND
🎁 Comment and tell us how long you have lived in the Milford-Miami Township area!

🎁You can also share this post (must be public) for an additional 5 entries!

Winner will be announced tomorrow followed by more days of giveaways! WE WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR YOUR EMAIL OR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. Beware of scammers out there.

TODAY starts our 2-day Holiday Open House!Entertainment:🎁 On Saturday, Dec. 16 about 2pm: Bob Ragusa will play classical...
12/16/2023

TODAY starts our 2-day Holiday Open House!

Entertainment:

🎁 On Saturday, Dec. 16 about 2pm: Bob Ragusa will play classical guitar
🎁 On Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2pm: Dominic Ragusa will play our piano
🎁 Saturday and Sunday (December 16th & 17th), from 1pm-4pm
🎁 Free, self guided tours

We hope to see you then!

Did you know that we have a Gift Shop here at Promont House full of beautiful things?This lighted Promont House is just ...
12/16/2023

Did you know that we have a Gift Shop here at Promont House full of beautiful things?

This lighted Promont House is just one example. It is similar to Dept. 56 Christmas village items. You will have a chance to win this during MiMi's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce page. Make sure you are following there so you don't miss it!

Our Giveaway Post will happen at 7pm on Sunday, December 17th! Want to make sure you have one to give as a gift this year? Come to our Holiday Open House tomorrow and Sunday from 1-4pm.

This upcoming weekend is our 2-day Holiday Open House!Entertainment:🎁 On Saturday, Dec. 16 about 2pm: Bob Ragusa will pl...
12/13/2023

This upcoming weekend is our 2-day Holiday Open House!

Entertainment:

🎁 On Saturday, Dec. 16 about 2pm: Bob Ragusa will play classical guitar
🎁 On Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2pm: Dominic Ragusa will play our piano

🎁 Saturday and Sunday (December 16th & 17th), from 1pm-4pm
🎁 Free, self guided tours

We hope to see you then!

Thank you to the Enquirer - Cincinnati and Kentucky for featuring our area's rich collection of "House Museums." "A hist...
12/12/2023

Thank you to the Enquirer - Cincinnati and Kentucky for featuring our area's rich collection of "House Museums."

"A historic house museum is a museum that was once a private residence and is at least 50 years old. They also typically feature period furnishings. Greater Cincinnati is a history-rich region that has many of these gems."

How many of these "house museums" have you visited?

A historic house museum is a museum that was once a private residence and is at least 50 years old. Here are some of the most salient in the area.

Lots of shopping to be had until 5pm!
12/09/2023

Lots of shopping to be had until 5pm!

Looks like everyone is set up and ready for a great day at Promont Affaire!
12/09/2023

Looks like everyone is set up and ready for a great day at Promont Affaire!

Today's the Day!Celebrate Promont – Milford’s Italianate mansion – decked out in all its holiday splendor.Delight in exc...
12/09/2023

Today's the Day!

Celebrate Promont – Milford’s Italianate mansion – decked out in all its holiday splendor.

Delight in exclusive shopping in a quiet relaxing atmosphere as you shop with six local artisans offering a variety of products and services focused on women’s style, fashion and entertaining. Our local artisans include Paisley Quilts and Bags, Two Stitches Millinery, Knits 4 fun, Bella Rose Jewelry Design, Minx Beauty Studios and Mile High Engraving!

Take a chance on a holiday raffle basket.

Enjoy light refreshments as you mingle with other shoppers and casually chat with the artists.

Stroll through the Promont gift shop.

Learn more about Promont with a self-led tour.

It’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the season!

Mile High Engraving is bringing their beautifully designed work to our upcoming Promont Affaire: A Unique Shopping Gala....
12/07/2023

Mile High Engraving is bringing their beautifully designed work to our upcoming Promont Affaire: A Unique Shopping Gala. They have become known for their beautiful detail work. A small engraving business out of Florence, they have become known for their beautiful detail work - and it looks like most, if not everything, can even be personalized!

Follow their page to get a feel for what they create and then come see them at Promont Affaire, where they are one of 6 local artisans bringing their gorgeous work for us to shop.

Promont will be decked out in all its holiday splendor. You'll be able to shop in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, take a chance on a holiday basket and enjoy light refreshments.

Put it on your calendar for Saturday, December 9, 11am-5pm or mark yourself going on the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/865981415259585

Promont Affaire – A Unique Shopping Gala will feature a variety of items – from functional to fashionable – curated for ...
12/06/2023

Promont Affaire – A Unique Shopping Gala will feature a variety of items – from functional to fashionable – curated for women and crafted by women.

Ladies of all ages will be delighted with the exclusive offerings!

But, guys are invited to attend, as well. What better opportunity to select something unique and hand-crafted for those special women in your life.

Promont Affaire will provide a unique opportunity to support local artists and acquire beautiful and meaningful gifts.

And, with Promont decorated for the holidays, it will be a feast for the eyes!

Check out event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/865981415259585

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906 Main Street
Milford, OH
45150

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