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    WHAT VISITORS ARE SAYING...


  • An amazing, awe-inspiring experience! It felt a little like going back in time. For all those who donated their memories and their time, thank you so much!
  • -Melissa, Toledo Ohio

  • This is where we got married, now we come back for the fun events with our daughter. She especially loves the herb garden!
  • -Carrie, recent visitor

  • A walk through memory lane for older adults and an education for younger ones.
  • -Shirley, Haskins, Ohio

  • I visited to see the exhibit on the county homes from all 88 counties in Ohio and their history. Since this museum used to be a county home, it was the perfect venue for this. I have visited before so I wasn’t surprised at how well done the exhibition was. The staff was very friendly and informative.
  • -Linda, recent visitor

  • Best 'Tea' I have ever been to! Highly recommend the Historical Museum for a family visit too. Informative and enjoyable.
  • -LouAnn, tea & talk attendee


  • AWARDS & ACCOLADES


  • 2017: Over There, Send Word, the Wood County Boys Are Coming, WWI 1914-1918 exhibit, Outstanding contribution to the field of local history in Ohio award (Ohio Local History Alliance)

  • 2016: Be Your Own Museum: Our Community's Collections exhibit, Outstanding Achievement Award (Ohio Local History Alliance)

  • 2014 & 2015: Wood County Lunatic Asylum and Chris Payne Asylum photography exhibit, History Outreach Achievement Award (Ohio Local History Alliance)

  • 2014: Friend of the District Award (Wood Soil & Water Conservation District)

  • 2013: Infirmary Inmates Vintage Base Ball, Henry Wright Award

  • 2007: Wood County Driving Tour, Award of Institutional Excellence (Ohio Museums Association)

  • 2004 & 2009: Lunatic House & History of Mental Health exhibit, Outstanding Achievement Award (Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums)


  • FUTURE GOALS


  • Educational traveling trunks

  • Off-set costs for school field trips

  • Museum-quality exhibit cases & lighting

  • Conservation-quality Museum Mannequins
    men, women, children, chests, heads, and feet

  • Outdoor interpretive signage at Paupers' Cemetery, Log Cabin, Blacksmith Shop, Oil Derrick, and other out-buildings

  • Museum-grade Collections Storage Units

  • Carl & Mary Bach reinterpretation using museum quality exhibit cabinetry

  • Future exhibits using items from the collections including township schools, domestic textiles, historic costumes, decorative arts, and military artifacts.



  • Thank you current donors

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HISTORY

    The conversation starts here


  • The Wood County Historical Society actively seeks to engage visitors, students, and community members in conversations about our past and how it relates to what we know today. This conversation comes from visitor dialog among the exhibits, in the classroom with traveling trunks or curriculum-approved talks, or at civic talks. Donations to the Society allow us to offer free off-site talks, discounted school tours, and the creation of award-winning exhibits that spark creativity and conversation.

    Any amount is welcome!


  • 100% of every contribution, big and small, helps to further the mission of the Historical Society.
  • Donors will be listed as a WCHS History Helper on social media, website, Chanticleer newsletter, and annual report.
  • You can choose to donate anonymously, or proudly let everyone know that YOU SUPPORT LOCAL HISTORY.
  • All donations are tax-deductible. WCHS is a 501(c)(3) non profit.
  • Make a secure payment online using credit card or PayPal, or download a form and send a check by mail.

    $100 Donation


  • Make a $100 one-time donation or automatic monthly payments of $10.00 for 10 months
  • Receive a one-year individual membership to the Historical Society.

    $250 Donation


  • Make a $250 one-time donation or automatic monthly payments of $25.00 for 10 months
  • Receive a one-year individual membership to the Historical Society.

    $365 Give the Gift All Year Donor


  • Make a $365 one-time donation or automatic monthly payments of $36.50 for 10 months
  • Receive a one-year individual membership to the Historical Society.

    $500 Donation


  • Make a $500 one-time donation or automatic monthly payments of $50.00 for 10 months
  • Invitation to exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity.
  • Receive a one-year individual membership to the Historical Society.

    $1,000 Donation


  • A $1,000 one-time donation or automatic monthly payments of $100.00 for 10 months
  • Invitation to exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity.
  • Receive a one-year individual membership to the Historical Society.

    $5,000 Donation


  • A $5,000 one-time donation or automatic monthly payments of $500.00 for 10 months
  • Lunch with the Museum & Society Staff!
  • Invitation to exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity.
  • Receive a one-year individual membership to the Historical Society.