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  • Donate to the Wood County Historical Society
  • Preservation is a gift we give to one another. It lies within the stories and traditions that are handed down generation after generation through recipes, photographs, diaries, and personal mementos that remind us of the joys and hardships of our ancestors. We embrace these stories, and create new ones to keep building our history.
  • Our history is the future.
    Support to the Wood County Historical Society helps give voice to our story. As we look to Wood County’s bicentennial in 2020, those stories are more important now than ever.

    Your gift will help us capture those precious memories and share them with generations.
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Historical Society General Fund

  • When you support the Wood County Historical Society, you are supporting the immediate needs of collections preservation, exhibit development, education, events, and daily operations. The Historical Society, founded in 1955, is a 501(c)3 non-profit, upholding the mission to make connections between our past, present, and future by capturing stories and cultivating memories of Wood County, Ohio, and the County Home.
  • You may also choose to have your contribution restricted to an area that is important to you:

    • Agriculture / Barn Bums
    • Boom Town / Oil Derrick
    • Brandeberry Wall
    • Collections & Exhibits
    • Herb Garden
    • Pauper Cemetery
    • Other

Endowment Fund

  • The Society’s endowment fund is a way to ensure continued growth. It is structured so that the principal amount is kept intact, while some of the investment income is released annually.
  • The Society created an endowment in 1998 and has used the interest to fund internship positions and a curatorial registrar, to revamp the museum website, and other internal operations consistent with the Society’s mission and strategic plan.
  • With your support, endowment fund interest can help with the development and maintenance of permanent and traveling exhibits, collections preservation, educational outreach, and volunteer services.

Planned Giving

  • You can recognize the Wood County Historical Society as a beneficiary in a will, life insurance policy, annuity, or other planned giving. Bequests can support the society’s daily operations or be earmarked to an area that supports your personal legacy. If you are considering the Historical Society for this type of giving, let us know! You will inspire others to do the same.
  • For more information about planned giving, contact your legal or financial advisor or the Historical Society Development Coordinator at 419-352-0967 or stepup@woodcountyhistory.org

Matching Gifts

  • This isn’t in reference to that awkward Christmas moment, but rather the generous support of a corporation to match the contributions of its employees. Ask your Human Resource Coordinator if your place of employment offers matching gifts, then make your contribution count twice as much.
  • FIND OUT IF YOUR COMPANY QUALIFIES or ask your HR representative.
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  • Memorial Gifts
    • Any gift to the Wood County Historical Society can be made in recognition or memory of a loved one. Memorial funds have supported the Tea & Talk Series, Barn Bums, Boomtown, Exhibits & Collections, and Accessibility.
  • Bicentennial Campaign
    • In 2020, Wood County, named for Colonel Eleazer D. Wood who fought in the War of 1812, celebrates its bicentennial. By supporting the Bicentennial Campaign, you will help the Wood County Historical Society preserve and foster 200 years of county history through these planned avenues:

      • Exhibit featuring 200 objects of Wood County
      • Proper storage for the Carl & Mary Bach collection
      • Living History Day
      • Tea & Talk Series
  • Membership
    • Members to the Historical Society receive a variety of perks while also furthering the Society's mission. Join or Renew
  • Join the Board of Directors
    • Invest in the Society by sharing your leadership and expertise. The WCHS Nominating Committee is now seeking candidates for the November election.
  • Donate to the collection
    • Share your story through your objects. Start a conversation with the Museum Curator for details on how to craft your story. All considerations are brought before the WCHS Collections Committee. If we cannot accept a donation, we try to work with you to find its place in history.
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Wood County Historical Society


    The Wood County Historical Society is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code for 1984, as amended.  In accordance with IRS regulations, no goods or services are provided by the WCHS as part of this contribution.  Please consult your tax advisor regarding the charitable deduction involved in this transaction and the manner of reporting and substantiating your gift.


  • 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)