Living History Day

15th annual

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 2 PM
A Joyful Noise will perform at 1:30

Oak Grove Cemetery on the campus of Bowling Green State University

PLEASE ENTER THE CEMETERY FROM POE ROAD TO WILLARD AVE. This is BGSU move-in weekend, and some roads near the cemetery may be closed.

Rain location: First United Methodist Church, 1506 E. Wooster St. BG

Did you attend? Please take 3 minutes or less to take our short survey about the event.

History comes alive as local residents portray Wood Countians who exemplify leisure time in Wood County during the 1920s-1930s. 2018 honorees were chosen because of the Wood County Historical Museum’s exhibit "The Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County."

This event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the cemetery, as well as on the adjacent BGSU campus. We recommend entering the cemetery from Poe Road, turn south on Willard, right on Merry, then left to enter the cemetery [ BGSU Map ]

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department will provide free rides up to the mound where the program will be held. Chairs are available, although those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved to the First United Methodist Church, 1506 E. Wooster St. Bowling Green.

This event is made possible with support from:

Portage Center Arbor Gleaners 524 • BG Convention & Visitors Bureau • Delphos Granite • Montessori School of Bowling Green • Wood County Genealogical Society Bowling Green Community Foundation • Wood County Historical Society

With additional support from: Oak Grove Cemetery • City of Bowling Green: Lori Tretter, Mike Hammer, Tim Hammer, Brian Craft • First United Methodist Church • Wood Co. Sheriff’s Office & Sheriff Auxiliary • Wood County Public Library • WBGU The Morning Show • Way Public Library Dunn’s Funeral Home • DBD Sound Reinforcement • The Living History Day Committee: Millie Broka • Hal Brown • Frank Butwin • Keith Guion • Wendy Guion • Holly Hartlerode • Kelli Kling • Wynn Perry • Rae Thomson • Usher services provided by the BG Kiwanis Aktion Club



Conductor of the First Methodist Church orchestra and member of the BG Military Band. Portrayed by local musician Cleve Patton.


A southern socialite, member of the Shakespeare Round Table, and notable landscape artist. Portrayed by Dinah Vincent.


Professionally, an award-winning advertising manager for the Sentinel-Tribue, but locally dubbed a collaborator of the Bowling Green Marriage Mill. Portrayed by Thomas Edge.


As part of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement in Grand Rapids, helped lead raids on the local speakeasies during Prohibition. Portrayed by Stephanie Truman.


Owners of the Virginia Motion Picture Theatre, North Baltimore Ohio, 1936-1959. Portrayors Dave & Ellin Stoots.


A local farmer with a community of his friends was the catalyst for what may have been the first local Depression-era penny auction. Portrayed by Michael Ginnetti.


The leader of the Kitchen Kazoo Orchestra of the Portage Township homemakers. Portrayed by Michele Raine, Wood County District Public Library.


Way Public Library

Voices from Wood County's Past: The Leisure Years

August 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Way Library, 101 E Indiana Ave, Perrysburg, OH 43551 | FREE PROGRAM

Join us at Way Public Library for a sneak peek of the 15th annual Living History Day portrayals. Michele Raine, Assistant Director of Adult Services at the Wood County District Public Library, will portray Georgia Waugh, a member of the Portage Township Homemakers and leader of the local Kitchen Kazoo orchestra. Local musician Cleve Patten will portray local musician Raymond George, conductor of the First Methodist Church orchestra and a member of the Bowling Green Military Band.

Michele and Cleve will be joined by other Wood Countians for a full Living History program on Sunday, August 26, 2 PM, at Oak Grove Cemetery, in Bowling Green.

Best of Living History

Best of Living History at the Fair

August 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM

"The Grove" at the Wood County Fairgrounds | FREE with Fair Admission

Join us each year on the Thursday of the Wood County Fair (Senior Day) for an encore performance of some of your favorite Living History honorees. This year’s portrayers included:
  • Dru Cunningham (portraying Mrs. Sarah Morse Gorril, the first teacher in Troy Township)
  • Debra Nicholson (portraying Nellie Brown Powell Holdgraf, whom, with husband “Doc” Powell, toured the vaudeville circuit as Powell & Nedra
  • Bernie Scott (portraying Carroll Frank, known for his love of the 4-H Clubs and the Wood County Fair)
  • Kathy East (portraying Gladys Schult, instrumental in starting Wood Lane)
  • Elsie Newman (portraying Homer Frank, owner of a local gas station and auto dealership).