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The Mary & Carl Bach Story at Wood County Museum

THE MARY & CARL BACH STORY

  • A thorough picture of Mary and Carl Bach's tragic story including trial transcripts, a conservator's look at preserving controversial objects, and how we view domestic violence in today's society.
  • This exhibit was made possible with support from Anonymous, Mike & Terri Marsh, Alicia's Voice, The Cocoon, Wood Co. ADAMHS Board & NAMI, Doug & Sandy Kerr, Kelli Kling, Melissa Krieger, Michael Sibbersen, Elizabeth Geer, Michael Penrod, Patricia Limes, Corey & Jodi Speweik, and the Wood County Historical Society.
People Places & Things Exhibit

PEOPLE, PLACES, & THINGS

  • Over 1,000 photographs
  • A picturesque extravaganza guaranteed to captivate and inspire audiences featuring rarely seen objects and over 1,000 photographs from the Wood County Historical Society collection.
  • This exhibit was made possible by Hal Brown, Clif & Judy Boutelle, and the Wood County Historical Society.
Utopia Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

UTOPIA: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home

  • Photographer: Taylor Houpt Ayres
  • In celebration of Wood County's bicentennial (2020), this exhibit is not an exercise in looking back, but a symbol of the many possibilities waiting ahead. Young people are full of hope, and the journey of this young photographer is told visually through beautiful landscapes, vibrant cityscapes, and a multitude of back road barns and farm fields.
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  • This exhibit was made possible with support from American Frame and the Wood County Historical Society.
Exhibit: For Comfort & Convenience at the Wood County Museum

FOR COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm


  • Due to popular demand, this exhibit will remain open throughout 2020. It features documentary photography coupled with interpretive information about all 88 county poor farms in Ohio, up until the 1930s when public charity transitioned into the modern ideas of social work.
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  • This exhibit was made possible with support from Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Humanities, and the Wood County Historical Society. Photography by Jeffrey Hall.
Infirmary Relief Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

SOCIAL WELFARE IN WOOD COUNTY

  • This introduction to the Wood County Infirmary shows how the Ohio State Board of Charities and early social reform impacted Wood County's poor, disabled, elderly, and infirmed from 1869-1971.
Pandemic Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH:
Societal Response to Disease

  • Located inside the Pestilence House
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  • This exhibit defines global diseases and illustrates social programs such as sanitary reform, urban planning, bath culture, nursing, pharmaceuticals, education, and public health organizations.
  • The exhibit is located inside the Pestilence House, which provided social distancing and rehibiliation to residents with communicable diseases such as Spanish flu or tuberculosis.

    Also on display: An iron lung used as treatment in the early stages of polio.
Chasing the White Rabbit Mental Health Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

CHASING THE WHITE RABBIT:
An Historical Look at American Mental Illness

 
Ice House at the Wood County Museum

THE ICE HOUSE

  • Step inside our county's early form of refrigeration. Built in 1905 with materials from the old county jail, this building now keeps cool a display about its history. Before the days of electric refrigeration, the Ice House served as a receptacle for ice blocks harvested from the site's ponds to preserve meat and canned goods used to feed the Infirmary residents.

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The Wood County Museum porch exhibit features the history of Oak Grove Cemetery and some of the town's most notable ancestors.
Coming Spring 2021

OUTDOOR PORCH EXHIBITS

  • Learn about some of notable names, unique spaces, and highlights of Wood County in this series of rotating porch exhibits.

If you would like to borrow a traveling exhibit, please contact the Museum at 419.352.0967

Behind Fences Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

BEHIND FENCES: LIFE AT THE WOOD COUNTY INFIRMARY

  • Built as a companion piece to the Smithsonian's Between Fences exhibit, this local exhibit looks at fences and boundaries, both physical and figurative, at the Wood County Infirmary. In the forefront is the Brandeberry Wall that surrounds the grounds still today, as well as the perceived fences between Infirmary residents and the community.
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  • YouTube mini-documentary video about historic boundaries at the Infirmary and in Wood County. Produced by Michelle Carlisle, Defiance College. As seen on DCTV Channel 5, Defiance, Ohio.
  • This exhibit was developed as a partner to BETWEEN FENCES from Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
Oak Grove Cemetery Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

OAK GROVE CEMETERY

  • Which Bowling Green tailor provided lumber to the city’s booming glass industry and downtown businesses? Which community-minded women were instrumental in the development of Bowling Green’s first Library and Hospital? Why would a professor eat makeshift tomato soup from ketchup and hot water, and then leave his entire estate to the University to benefit future students? These four people, among 17 others, left their mark on the City of Bowling Green, and are now remembered in the Oak Grove Cemetery Living History Exhibit.
  • This exhibit was done as a partnership between the Wood County Genealogical Society and the Wood County Historical Society. The Oak Grove Cemetery Book, published by the Genealogical Society, is now available.
  • The Wood County Living History Day takes place every August at the museum.
Exhibit: Wood County Fair

WOOD COUNTY FAIR

  • The first Wood County Fair was held in 1851 in a grove of trees on Wooster Street (near the present City Building), but has grown into a week-long tradition of music, animals, exhibits, rides, and food. This exhibit traces the history of the many Wood County Fairs, including its demise in 1927 and its revival in the 1950s.
  • This exhibit was done as a partnership between the Wood County Genealogical Society and the Wood County Historical Society.
Children's Home Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

WOOD COUNTY CHILDREN'S HOME

  • From dependent to dependable, the Wood County Children's Home served youth in need from 1908 to 1959. The original home, as well as the stately institution, both which are still visible in Bowling Green today, are a testament to the County's duty to social welfare. Watched over for many years by superintendent Nellie Repass, the children that resided in the home share their stories. Whether unruly or unfortunate, the Children's Home helped many families stay strong.
  • This exhibit was done as a partnership between the Wood County Genealogical Society and the Wood County Historical Society.
Infirmary Residents Remembered Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

RESIDENTS REMEMBERED

  • Nine Infirmary residents are showcased in this exhibit, which debuted at the 2004 Wood County Fair. A joint effort of the Wood County Historical Society and the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, each panel explains the myriad of reasons that would necessitate people to become an Infirmary resident. Disabilities, the Depression, and a series of misfortunes may have brought them here, but you may be surprised at the dynamics that followed.
  • This exhibit was done as a partnership between the Wood County Genealogical Society and the Wood County Historical Society.
Northwest Ohio Foodways Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

NORTHWEST OHIO FOODWAYS TRADITIONS

  • The foods of Northwest Ohio may not seem particularly interesting at first, but a closer look reveals a deep-rooted history of German ancestry, Mexican influence, and pioneer struggles. This exhibit was funded by a Partnership for Community Action grant as a dual project between the Wood County Historical Society and the foodways studies of Dr. Lucy Long, department of American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University.
  • This local exhibit was developed as a companion piece to the Smithsonian's KEY INGREDIENTS: AMERICA BY FOOD exhibit.
  • More about Ohio Foodways and the Center for Food and Culture.
Wood County Granges Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

THE GRANGE

  • Formally known as the PATRONS OF HUSBANDRY, the Grange was founded by Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley in 1867. Organized as a "farm-friendly fraternity," the Grange offered social and community rewards to benefit rural life. Today, the Grange is still active across the United States, with 33 Granges in Wood County, Ohio. Under the direction of Floyd LeGalley, Ralph Seiler, and Ralph Brandeberry, the Grange Building at the Wood County Fairgrounds still honors agricultural pride in Northwest Ohio.
  • This exhibit was done as a partnership between the Wood County Genealogical Society and the Wood County Historical Society.
Century Farms Exhibit at the Wood County Museum

CENTURY FARMS AND WOOD COUNTY BARNS

  • This exhibit showcases century farms in Wood County - properties that have remained in one family for over 100 years. Assistance provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Photos, paintings, drawings, and memorabilia of Wood County barns brought a personal touch to this landmark accomplishment.
  • This exhibit was done as a partnership between the Wood County Genealogical Society and the Wood County Historical Society.