Vermilion History Museum

Vermilion History Museum See Print Shop Museum news and more by visiting the Vermilion Views webpage. It's a dandy.
This is a nonprofit organization in its infancy. We're starting from scratch with a building and equipment that served as a print shop and a weekly newspaper from 1905 to 1964.

The building was built in 1904 by Caselton Roscoe of Milan, Ohio for his son and daughter-in-law, Pearl and Bessie Roscoe to house the business. There is an apartment above the shop where the Roscoe's lived and raised their two daughters. Today the apartment has become part of the museum featuring historical artifacts from the printer's family as well as those from Vermilionites of the past. CLOSED ON HOLIDAYS.

Mission: A. to allow the general public an opportunity to observe the manner in which 19th and 20th letter press printing and newspaper publishing were accomplished by: (i) providing the public with a knowledge of the equipment used for printing and publishing a weekly newspaper, (ii) illustrating to the public the tasks requisite to publishing a weekly newspaper, as well as the printing of books, magazines, and posters using letter presses, (iii) providing the public with an understanding of how news was gathered and disseminated small towns in America during the majority of both the 19th and 20th centuries thus providing all with substantial historical records of social and economic development

We do pix.
02/23/2019

We do pix.

01/12/2019

We will soon begin working on a "definitive" history of Vermilion, Ohio. But we would not advise anyone to hold their breath waiting for it to be written and published. This will require the work of several persons.

Now available at the museum - some real nice matted historical pix of Old Vermilion as well as Vermilion books.
12/11/2018

Now available at the museum - some real nice matted historical pix of Old Vermilion as well as Vermilion books.

11/01/2018

Big do-ins at the museum on the 10th. It's a Wine Tasting fundraising event. See you there. -Rich...😎

09/06/2018

We have recently received a little jewel - a 1917 token from "Cloudy's" Louis Noel's ferry. Come and see it for yourself along with our other artifact collections.

04/23/2018

We're not just another pretty museum. We're the biggest small museum in the area. And we contain a print shop too. Come visit before we grow bigger.😏

04/16/2018

We are open Mon thru Sat from 11 am to 3 pm. Stop by for a visit. We're always happy to see a smiling face.

Vermilion's Civil War Vets at Harborview
12/12/2017

Vermilion's Civil War Vets at Harborview

10/09/2017

COMING SOON. Exhibition of Editor Roscoe's Photographs 1900-1946.
Stay tuned...

10/06/2017

Very soon we will have a lift chair at the back of the building.

This is a view of the upper floor in the museum. There's a good deal of local history in these rooms. Take time and visi...
03/09/2017

This is a view of the upper floor in the museum. There's a good deal of local history in these rooms. Take time and visit us...

More Info about our Wine Tasting Benefit
10/19/2016

More Info about our Wine Tasting Benefit

10/19/2016

The Museum is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. We are not open on Holidays. And on the 3rd Friday of each month we're not open until 12:30 p.m.

Also - NYC are the initials for the New York Central Railroad.

National Museum of the Great Lakes | Sloop Washington Discovered
08/19/2016
National Museum of the Great Lakes | Sloop Washington Discovered

National Museum of the Great Lakes | Sloop Washington Discovered

Sloop Washington Discovered August 17, 2016/in Uncategorized /by Carrie SowdenThe National Museum of the Great Lakes is pleased to work with extraordinary shipwreck searchers in Lake Ontario as they announce the discovery of the 1803 shipwrecked sloop Washington. The Washington was built near what i...

This is just an ad re: the museum. The hours are what they are because I am the only person (at the moment) available to...
07/13/2016

This is just an ad re: the museum. The hours are what they are because I am the only person (at the moment) available to be at the museum and I have other activities that require my attention. I am, however, at the museum (usually) in the early morning.

This poster describes the next Special Activity at the Museum. Put it on your schedule. You'll have a interesting and fu...
04/29/2016

This poster describes the next Special Activity at the Museum. Put it on your schedule. You'll have a interesting and fun time.

This is the amended flyer / notice for our upcoming Civil War weapons exhibition. It's really a tremendous exhibition. G...
03/12/2016

This is the amended flyer / notice for our upcoming Civil War weapons exhibition. It's really a tremendous exhibition. Get your tickets ahead of time.

Flyer for Civil War Exhibit @ the museum. It'll be a good one...
03/09/2016

Flyer for Civil War Exhibit @ the museum. It'll be a good one...

This is just one of the cards now avaiable at the museum. All are Vermilion related and can be personalized. Orders may ...
11/30/2015

This is just one of the cards now avaiable at the museum. All are Vermilion related and can be personalized. Orders may take one day to complete.

Before the freeze comes these windows and the door to the bindery room are complete. And they look very nice.
11/28/2015

Before the freeze comes these windows and the door to the bindery room are complete. And they look very nice.

07/03/2015
Developing Glass

This is the process I use in our Digital Darkroom to develop glass negatives. This video is rather long and some of the audio is bad. But you'll get the idea.

Vermilionite (artist) Frank Homitz works at renovating some of the windows at the print shop museum. 
06/25/2015

Vermilionite (artist) Frank Homitz works at renovating some of the windows at the print shop museum. 

New Cabinets
04/30/2015

New Cabinets

"The Final Room"
03/27/2015

"The Final Room"

This is a photograph taken from a glass negative of the Linotype machine at the print shop shortly after it was installe...
03/16/2015

This is a photograph taken from a glass negative of the Linotype machine at the print shop shortly after it was installed in 1916.
These machines revolutionized the printing business throughout the world and the world became literate!

These are sundae and phosphate cups from the old Baumhart Drug Store. (I left one of the sundae cups at home when I too ...
12/24/2014

These are sundae and phosphate cups from the old Baumhart Drug Store. (I left one of the sundae cups at home when I too the pic.) The cups are on loan to the museum from Brenda Baumhart Mezz - Brenda is the daughter of late Vermilionite Charles Baumhart.

I'm just sharing a pic I just made from a glass plate negative along with a few other things that might be of interest t...
12/19/2014

I'm just sharing a pic I just made from a glass plate negative along with a few other things that might be of interest to folks. I hope ye enjoy them.

Not a beautiful pic. But it was shot in complete darkness. This is the interior of the darkroom. Next we'll think about ...
11/24/2014

Not a beautiful pic. But it was shot in complete darkness. This is the interior of the darkroom. Next we'll think about what to do with the floor - and then...we'll see.

Initial look at what will become the darkroom in the print shop apartment. A good deal of accumulated stuff has been rem...
11/14/2014

Initial look at what will become the darkroom in the print shop apartment. A good deal of accumulated stuff has been removed already. Now it's a matter of straightening things up and cleaning before painting, etc.

Caselton Roscoe's tool chest with tools. Caselton supervised the construction of the News building now the museum. He di...
10/28/2014

Caselton Roscoe's tool chest with tools. Caselton supervised the construction of the News building now the museum. He died in 1918. The chest and contents remain as they were when he passed.

Please come join us for an evening of discovery. Discover the wine of course - but also discover the Vermilion Print Sho...
10/17/2014

Please come join us for an evening of discovery. Discover the wine of course - but also discover the Vermilion Print Shop and history museum. It's one of the biggest small museums in Ohio.

We're just about finished renovating the master bedroom in the museum apartment. These items were just placed in the roo...
08/29/2014

We're just about finished renovating the master bedroom in the museum apartment. These items were just placed in the room temporarily. The child's desk was donated by Dave and Ginny Wilkes. (My sis and brother-in-law.)

As time passes the place looks better and better.
08/13/2014

As time passes the place looks better and better.

A new antique end table at the museum. It was donated by Vermilionite Beverly Zimmer who also donated the sofa.
07/23/2014

A new antique end table at the museum. It was donated by Vermilionite Beverly Zimmer who also donated the sofa.

A pair of ice tongs donated by Al and Miriam Smith. Too bad we don't have a block of ice to  go with it.
07/23/2014

A pair of ice tongs donated by Al and Miriam Smith. Too bad we don't have a block of ice to go with it.

Though we've had our sign for a month or so it wasn't placed in a front window until 06.22.14. So now we're all dressed ...
06/27/2014

Though we've had our sign for a month or so it wasn't placed in a front window until 06.22.14. So now we're all dressed up for the party. All we need are visitors...

I finished painting the ceiling, walls, and woodwork in the lavatory of the museum apartment today. We're moving along. ...
05/09/2014

I finished painting the ceiling, walls, and woodwork in the lavatory of the museum apartment today. We're moving along. Next - the floors...

These pix were taken 05.02.14 in the kitchen at the museum. The walls and ceiling have been repaired and painted, and th...
05/02/2014

These pix were taken 05.02.14 in the kitchen at the museum. The walls and ceiling have been repaired and painted, and the curtains have been put up. It looks real nice. It's amazing what curtains can do to a room..."rnt"

This is a Zenith shortwave radio in perfect working order. It was donated to the museum by Terry Diener of Avon Lake / V...
04/07/2014

This is a Zenith shortwave radio in perfect working order. It was donated to the museum by Terry Diener of Avon Lake / Vermilion's Olympic Club. It will be on permanent display on the 2nd floor of the museum.

02/12/2014
VNPSM UPDATE 02.12.14

Yet another look at the apartment part of the museum as work therein progresses. It's sometimes a bit of work. But it's happily accomplished.

01/23/2014
Step by Little Step

This is just a video update on where we're at at the museum right now. We're almost finished with the vestibule at the top of the stairway in the apartment. It's beginning to look like something...

Address

727 Grand St
Vermilion, OH
44089

General information

The print shop houses two linotypes (c.1915), and 4 letter presses: A Stonemetz 2 revolution newspaper press (c.1919); a Kelly press (c.1917); a Chandler & Price 8"x12" Gorden Jobber Press (c.1900); and a Heidelberg windmill Press (c.1954). There is book bindary / storage room with a manual paper cutter, electric stapler, and manual hole punch machine.

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11:00 - 15:00
Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(440) 967-4555

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