Auglaize County Historical Society

Auglaize County Historical Society The Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County, enriching lives by connecting people and communities to the past and to each other.
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A grant from Midwest Electric allowed the historical society to purchase this great self-standing display board!  It wil...
05/16/2019

A grant from Midwest Electric allowed the historical society to purchase this great self-standing display board! It will make its debut at Thursday's Moeller Brew Barn Beer Reveal Party (5 to 11 pm; tickets $20 each). We also have heritage tourism banners on site, as well as a display case of Armstrong-related memorabilia. We're glad to be a partner in this great evening for the 2019 Committee. Thanks to the Midwest Electric Community Connections Fund for making this possible!

TEACHERS: Here's everything you need to know about "Embracing the Story:  Apollo 11" Teacher Institute. Friday, May 31. ...
05/14/2019
Embracing the Story Flyer.pdf

TEACHERS: Here's everything you need to know about "Embracing the Story: Apollo 11" Teacher Institute. Friday, May 31. Don't miss it!

Molly Taylor sent us this image, asking if we could identify the couple pictured.  They certainly look happy! Can anyone...
05/12/2019

Molly Taylor sent us this image, asking if we could identify the couple pictured. They certainly look happy! Can anyone help?

Attention, Local and Area Teachers: The Auglaize County Educational Service Center will host a one-day Teacher Institute...
05/12/2019

Attention, Local and Area Teachers: The Auglaize County Educational Service Center will host a one-day Teacher Institute on FRIDAY, MAY 31, for educators at all grade levels. Entitled "Embracing the Story," the institute will help teachers use the story of Neil Armstrong, his west-central Ohio roots, and the Apollo 11 Mission in their classrooms. Activities will include the Armstrong Experience bus tour, oral history training, a program about resources from the Armstrong Museum, as well as presentations by former Armstrong Museum manager John Zwez, and Dr. Tom Crouch from the Smithsonian. Contact Kelly Schattschneider-Walls,419/738-3422 or [email protected]. Only $10 for all this and lunch! The Historical Society is proud to partner on this event. Tell your favorite teachers!

The Historical Society seeks a few good volunteers!  We're looking for community-minded folks who love history and want ...
05/12/2019

The Historical Society seeks a few good volunteers! We're looking for community-minded folks who love history and want to help preserve and share Auglaize County's story. We have several great areas of focus, including maintenance of our history buildings, fundraising, events, education, planning, etc. There's a place for you! Just message us on this page or email us at [email protected]!

There's still a little time to buy your tickets for the First on the Moon Pale Ale Reveal Party, held on Thursday, May 1...
05/11/2019

There's still a little time to buy your tickets for the First on the Moon Pale Ale Reveal Party, held on Thursday, May 16, 5 to 11 pm, at Moeller Brew Barn, Maria Stein. The evening will include: remarks by astronaut Greg Johnson (7 pm); live & silent auction; moon watch with telescopes; displays of historic photographs and artifacts from the Auglaize County Historical Society; and an appetizer buffet provided by the Moeller Brew Barn Kitchen and J. Marie's! Tickets are $20 each ($10 for those 12 and under), available from Moeller Brew Barn, the Wapakoneta Chamber, Wapakoneta Daily News, and Riverside Art Center. We're proud to be a partner; don't miss this event!

The Wapakoneta Museum, 206 West Main Street, will be open this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. Beautiful artifacts in a beautiful...
05/10/2019

The Wapakoneta Museum, 206 West Main Street, will be open this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. Beautiful artifacts in a beautiful historic building! Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

Put this on your calendar!  We could still use a few more volunteers; would you help if we didn't make you dress up? Mes...
05/09/2019

Put this on your calendar! We could still use a few more volunteers; would you help if we didn't make you dress up?
Message us, please!

Dr. Benjamin Greene, Bowling Green State University, gave a fascinating presentation about the national and internationa...
05/08/2019

Dr. Benjamin Greene, Bowling Green State University, gave a fascinating presentation about the national and international background against which the Apollo 11 mission played out. Thanks to all who attended the program at the St. Marys Library. In these images Dr. Greene 1) chats with Wapakoneta resident Fritz Ankerman; and 2) stands in front of a picture of two men we all know!

We've just reached 1200 LIKES on Facebook!  Thanks to all who visit here for the most current information about Historic...
05/08/2019

We've just reached 1200 LIKES on Facebook! Thanks to all who visit here for the most current information about Historical Society activities and countless photographs! Invite your friends to join us!

Historical Society friend Neal Brady enjoys a quiet moment at Trivia!
05/08/2019

Historical Society friend Neal Brady enjoys a quiet moment at Trivia!

Rounding out the top three were The Space Aliens, which included Dick Falkner, Ann Falkner, Mike Schnell, Wes Protsman, ...
05/08/2019

Rounding out the top three were The Space Aliens, which included Dick Falkner, Ann Falkner, Mike Schnell, Wes Protsman, Kraig Noble, and Allison Brady. We congratulate you as well, and thank you for competing!

The Night's Watch was a close second.  Its members were Pete Drmmond, Tony Knerr, Amanda Knerr, Randy Michael, Amy Banfi...
05/08/2019

The Night's Watch was a close second. Its members were Pete Drmmond, Tony Knerr, Amanda Knerr, Randy Michael, Amy Banfield, and Ken Banfield. Thanks so much for participating!

The Girty Half Dozen retained the title of "The Smartest People in Auglaize County."  The team includes Brice Brenneman,...
05/08/2019

The Girty Half Dozen retained the title of "The Smartest People in Auglaize County." The team includes Brice Brenneman, Mike Jay, Mike Lynch, Dave McNeal, Al Meinerding, and Newt Triplett.Congratulations again, gentlemen!

Thanks to all who helped make our annual Trivia Contest a success.  Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the Wapako...
05/08/2019

Thanks to all who helped make our annual Trivia Contest a success. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the Wapakoneta Eagles are always wonderful hosts! Our annual trivia competition is an important fundraiser for the Society, so we are very grateful.

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05/08/2019

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The Historical Society is co-hosting Flashback Friday in downtown Wapakoneta on Friday, June 7, and we're looking for so...
05/02/2019

The Historical Society is co-hosting Flashback Friday in downtown Wapakoneta on Friday, June 7, and we're looking for some volunteers! We know that many of you still have your groovy outfits from 1969; pull them out of the closet and help us recreate a June day in 1969, as all the world waited in nervous anticipation for the Apollo 11 Mission! You dress up, we provide a brief script, and you greet visitors downtown (in shifts begining mid-afternoon) with anecdotes about the community in 1969.
What could be easier or more fun! Contact Rachel Barber via [email protected] or this page to learn more or to volunteer!

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04/30/2019

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What a great way to spend a gloomy Sunday afternoon--visit both the Cridersville and Wapakoneta museums today from 1 to ...
04/28/2019

What a great way to spend a gloomy Sunday afternoon--visit both the Cridersville and Wapakoneta museums today from 1 to 4 pm!

Are you looking for something to do this afternoon? Come visit the Cridersville Historical Museum! We will be open today, Sunday April 28th, 1:00 pm to 4:00pm. There is plenty to see and learn about our community. The museum takes you through the time line from before the pioneers came to the arrival of the Criders to the history of the our schools. Even if you have been here before please come back to visit as you will see something new with each time. Hope to see you today. The museum is directly behind the parking lot by our village hall just west or the rail road tracks. Admission is free.

Donna Grube and the historical society's Rachel Barber trained another group of step-on guides, who will assist the Char...
04/27/2019

Donna Grube and the historical society's Rachel Barber trained another group of step-on guides, who will assist the Charter Bus visitors to Auglaize County this year. Our second group of trainees includes: (front row) Chandra Hoffman and returning trainee Nancy Freymuth, (second row) Rebecca and Dave Ingebo, Nancy Carter and Janet Koschalk, and (third row) Debbie Brown and Kathy Thompson. A big thanks to all who have volunteered to help with this important role!

The Wapakoneta Museum, 206 West Main Street, is open Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 4 pm. Admision is free, but donations a...
04/27/2019

The Wapakoneta Museum, 206 West Main Street, is open Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 4 pm. Admision is free, but donations are welcome. View our two beautiful Kreitzer Buggies, made in Wapakoneta!

To clarify:  The Columbus Maennerchor Concert (presented by the 2019 Committee) is NOT tomorrow, April 28.  That date ap...
04/27/2019

To clarify: The Columbus Maennerchor Concert (presented by the 2019 Committee) is NOT tomorrow, April 28. That date appears in very early copies of our schedule. Some time ago the Maennerchor and First Church of New Knoxville decided to reschedule the concert for Sunday, June 16, 2 pm, still at First Church. The choir wanted to develop a concert that was entirely a tribute to Neil Armstrong and his German heritage. No concert on April 28, but a big concert on June 16. Pass the word, please!

Don't forget! Trivia is tonight (Friday) at 7:30 pm at the Wapakoneta Eagles!  There are plenty of opportunities to win-...
04/26/2019

Don't forget! Trivia is tonight (Friday) at 7:30 pm at the Wapakoneta Eagles! There are plenty of opportunities to win--for the teams AND for the audience. Join us!

Some folks believe that the best way to end any bus trip is with some ice cream from a little independent ice cream shop...
04/26/2019

Some folks believe that the best way to end any bus trip is with some ice cream from a little independent ice cream shop. We agree!

04/26/2019

Our great day in Dayton! We experienced many wonderful sites, ate a good meal, enjoyed much fellowship, and returned home exhausted. What more could you ask for in a trip!

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04/26/2019

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The Historical Society will present "Apollo 11 within the Context of 1969"  by Dr. Benjamin Greene on Thursday, May 2, 7...
04/26/2019

The Historical Society will present "Apollo 11 within the Context of 1969" by Dr. Benjamin Greene on Thursday, May 2, 7 pm, at the St. Marys Community Public Library, 140 South Chestnut Street. The event is free and open to the public. A brief second quarter business meeting for the Historical Society will precede Dr. Greene's presentation.
In the late-1960s, America’s image in the world suffered from a series of assassinations, race riots, and violent anti-war protests at home, and a seemingly endless war in Vietnam and the loss of strategic nuclear superiority abroad. The Apollo 11 moon landing and the goodwill world tour that followed provided a unique opportunity for the nation to restore its diminished prestige. This talk will place the Giantstep-Apollo 11 Presidential Goodwill Tour within international developments of 1969 and examine its influence on the image of the nation.
Dr. Benjamin Greene is Associate Professor of History at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches courses in 20th Century America and U.S. foreign relations.
We hope that many folks will join us for what promises to be a fascinating program.

Image: The Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins, wearing sombreros and ponchos, are swarmed by thousands in Mexico City as their motorcade is slowed by the enthusiastic crowd. The GIANTSTEP-APOLLO 11 Presidential Goodwill Tour emphasized the willingness of the United States to share its space knowledge. The tour carried the Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives to 24 countries and 27 cities in 45 days. (Photo Courtesy of NASA, image, No. 70-H-1553).

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We thank our friends at the New Knoxville Historical Society for helping the community celebrate the Apollo 11 anniversa...
04/15/2019

We thank our friends at the New Knoxville Historical Society for helping the community celebrate the Apollo 11 anniversary They do a wonderful job sharing the story of New Knoxville and Washington Township!

The Historical Society is very happy to announce that, late last week, it was accepted into the Marketing Essentials "Pa...
04/14/2019

The Historical Society is very happy to announce that, late last week, it was accepted into the Marketing Essentials "Pay It Forward" program! Marketing Essentials, which is based in New Bremen, will be providing the Historical Society with much-welcomed assistance in marketing and social media efforts, expanding the reach of our mission to more folks in Auglaize County and beyond. We are so grateful to Patty Cisco and all the staff at Marketing Essentials for this opportunity, especially ACHS member Angie Klosterman!
https://mktgessentials.com/

The Historical Society is so proud to be part of the Apollo 11 Anniversary and commemorate such an important milestone f...
04/14/2019

The Historical Society is so proud to be part of the Apollo 11 Anniversary and commemorate such an important milestone for Auglaize County and the world!

On Friday Donna Grube and Rachel Barber conducted the first training session for step-on guides. We have several dozen charter buses visiting here this summer, and want to help all those folks understand "The Armstrong Experience." Our first group of trainees included Kay and Rollie Wellington, Nancy Freymuth, Dave and Rebecca Ingebo, Will Crawford, Kris Bowersock, and Melanie Fullenkamp. Thanks to St. Paul Church, the Wapakoneta Y, and all our new guides!

Because of many scheduling issues,  Trivia will now be held on Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm at the Wapakoneta Eagles.  Ther...
04/13/2019

Because of many scheduling issues, Trivia will now be held on Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm at the Wapakoneta Eagles. There's still time to gather a team and join the fun! Just contact the Historical Society. We have dozens of reat prizes for players and audience members alike. [email protected] or via this page.

The April 25 bus trip to Dayton is now sold out.  We will accept registrations from folks for the waiting list only. We ...
04/11/2019

The April 25 bus trip to Dayton is now sold out. We will accept registrations from folks for the waiting list only. We will alsobesending out an email in the next few days to those who have registered. Thank you for such great support!

The Wapakoneta Museum, 206 West Main Street, will be open Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free, but donat...
04/11/2019

The Wapakoneta Museum, 206 West Main Street, will be open Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. HVAC problems will prevent the Mooney Museum from opening this week. Thank you.

04/11/2019

This afternoon our friend and former ACHS trustee Stan Davis was surprised with the Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center's Ambassador Award at the organization's annual awards luncheon. The Ambassador Award is "dedicated to an individual honored for significant contributions to the tourism industry and support of the Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center." Stan is involved in many local organizations and is absolutely pivotal to the annual Walk with Nature held each fall in St. Marys. For the historical society Stan is still very involved as a volunteer and chief of care & maintenance for the Mooney Museum. Thank you, Stan, for all you do for our community--unselfishly and without thought of recognition. ACHS is proud to be your friend!

04/11/2019

This afternoon our friend and former ACHS trustee Stan Davis was surprised with the Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center's Ambassador Award at the organization's annual awards luncheon. The Ambassador Award is "dedicated to an individual honored for significant contributions to the tourism industry and support of the Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center." Stan is involved in many local organizations and is absolutely pivotal to the annual Walk with Nature held each fall in St. Marys. For the historical society Stan is still very involved as a volunteer and chief of care & maintenance for the Mooney Museum. Thank you, Stan, for all you do for our community--unselfishly and without thought of recognition. ACHS is proud to be your friend!

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04/08/2019

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First on the Moon
04/08/2019

First on the Moon

April 4, 1969--CBS bans the Smothers Brothers. Three days later, Walter Cronkite opens the evening newscast by confirming that the Smothers Brothers have been replaced by Hee Haw – effective immediately. But because it takes two months to assemble a typical Hee-Haw segment, CBS has to fill the time period with specials until Hee Haw premieres on June 15.
Join us Monday night, 6:30 pm at the Wapakoneta Library!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was one of the most popular movies of 1969.  Learn more about this fascinating year M...
04/07/2019

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was one of the most popular movies of 1969. Learn more about this fascinating year Monday night, 6:30, Wapakoneta Library, with Dr. Matt Donahue from Bowling Green State University! Support was generously provided by the Ohio Humanities Council.

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Schedule Change:  ACHS' friend, the Columbus Maennerchor,  was originally scheduled to appear on April 28. Because the c...
04/06/2019

Schedule Change: ACHS' friend, the Columbus Maennerchor, was originally scheduled to appear on April 28. Because the choir wanted to present an extra thematically-appropriate concert, the concert has been moved to SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2 pm, still at the First Church in New Knoxville. All are welcome to enjoy the music of Neil Armstrong's ancestral home (on his mother's side)!

LOTS of things happened in the world in 1969, including the first inauguration of President Richard Nixon.  Learn more a...
04/05/2019

LOTS of things happened in the world in 1969, including the first inauguration of President Richard Nixon. Learn more at Monday's fascinating presentation, “Pop Culture and its Place in 1969,” by Dr. Matt Donahue, Bowling Green State University, 6:30 pm at the Wapakoneta Library. Made possible by the Ohio Humanities Council.

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Last but certainly not least:  Katie Horstman  (b. 1935)Katie Horstman was born on a farm east of Minster.  When she was...
03/31/2019

Last but certainly not least: Katie Horstman (b. 1935)
Katie Horstman was born on a farm east of Minster. When she was young, she played barnyard ball with her five brothers and two sisters. Katie played in her first organized fast-pitch softball for CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) in the 6th grade. She had played in CYO for four years when she was spotted by a scout at the age of 15. “Within a week, her dream of playing ball every day became a reality.”
During her first season with the American Girls Professional Baseball League, she pitched and played right field and established a .256 batting average.
By 1952 her strength had developed enough to become a third baseman as well as a pitcher. She played in 90 games and helped the Fort Wayne Daisies with their first pennant.
The AGPBBL disbanded in 1955, after which Katie played for the All American Girls touring team, which vied against minor league men’s teams. The team won 90% of its games “because we knew how to play good fundamental baseball.”
After her career in baseball ended, Katie went to college, became a nun, and earned a degree in Physical Education. She later left the convent and taught, in the process, earning five consecutive state track championships.FINN

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