Museum • Virtual • Outdoors

Holly Kirkendall
Museum Curator
419-352-0967 | curator@woodcountyhistory.org

Current Exhibits

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

THIS EXHIBIT WILL BE CLOSING: NOVEMBER 21, 2021

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: 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.

This exhibit was made possible with support from American Frame and the Wood County Historical Society.

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.

This exhibit was made possible with support from Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Humanities, and the Wood County Historical Society. Photography by Jeffrey Hall.

A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH: Societal Response to Disease

Located inside the Pestilence House

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 rehabilitation 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: An Historical Look at American Mental Illness

Located inside the Lunatic Asylum

This exhibit brings attention to the history of mental illness in America including misconceptions and advancements.

The Lunatic Asylum was built at the Infirmary to house Wood County’s mentally ill.

Wood County Mental Health Resources: ADAMHS Board | NAMI | Behavioral Connections / Harbor Wood County | Zepf Center

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.