Waterville Historical Society

your connection to the past

The Waterville Historical Society collects, preserves, provides access to, interprets and fosters an appreciation of history that has an impact on the Waterville, Ohio and surrounding area.

Anthony Wayne High School planning a Wall of Honor

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Anthony Wayne High School is planning to have a Wall of Honor to recognize all Veterans that served in the military. They are including any graduate or school staff who was active duty or reservist.  This wall will be next to the main gym entrance at the high school and hope to have it installed this spring. There will be a section highlighting those who were KIA or MIA/POW as well. They are asking graduates, family and friends to submit names to the school. They are recognizing all graduates or staff from Waterville, Whitehouse, Monclova before 1951, as well as graduates from the Anthony Wayne High School. For further information you can visit www.anthonywayneschools.org to fill out a form or you can follow the following link to go directly to the form: https://goo.gl/forms/LLZgmyiObTJVegNI1. Any further question you can contact the high school office at 419.877.0466

Wakeman Archives Summer Hours

Summer hours for the Wakeman Archival Research Center in Waterville begin Wednesday, April 4th and are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday until November and also the last Saturdays of April, May, June, July and August, and October. The Center, located upstairs at 401 Farnsworth Road, contains records of Waterville organizations, businesses, churches, schools, etc., as well as family files and local history. The public may inspect them free of charge and a volunteer archivist will assist with research. No items may be removed from the archives, but copies may be made for a small fee. Donations of similar documents and photographs, or items brought to be copied and added to the files are welcome. To schedule an appointment at other times call: 419-878-3425.

Wakeman Archives Winter Hours

                    Wakeman Archival Center

Winter hours for the Wakeman Archival Research Center, 401 Farnsworth Road, began November 1st. It will be open by appointment, and depending on weather conditions and availability of staff, the archives will be open Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. until noon. Look for the "Open" flag on the front of the building. Located upstairs at Wakeman Hall, the archives is staffed by Waterville Historical Society volunteers and contains records of Waterville organizations, businesses, churches, schools, cemeteries, etc., as well as family files and local history. Admission is free. Call 419-878-3425 for more information or to make an appointment. Summer hours will resume in May, 2018.



Happy New Year to all of our readers from the website staff. We hope to bring you more articles and photos of historical interest and perhaps a little humor this year but we need your help. Tell us if you like what we write. Tell us what you would like us to write about. Tell us what we might do better. Just send us an email on the contact page at our  website www.watervillehistory@outlookcom.   we really want to hear from you.

New Waterville Book Coming

It’s coming! The new book Waterville will soon be available. After more than a year of planning, writing and selecting photographs from our extensive collection, the authors and Waterville Historical Society, in collaboration with the Arcadia Company, publishers, have produced a photographic history of Waterville unlike any other. This is a book that should be in every household in the area. Although Arcadia will make this book widely available Waterville Historical Society has purchased 400 books at half price to supply the local population for a $20 donation and the proceeds will benefit the mission of your historical society. We will launch our book sales on Saturday August 26th on the porch of the Wakeman Building. Look for our tent. The authors will sign your book if you like.

Waterville Historical Society Hires Dennis Jones as Executive Director

Dennis Jones, Executive Director

Dennis Jones, Executive Director

The Waterville Historical Society is proud to announce that it has hired the first Executive Director in its more than 50 year history. Dennis Jones comes to WHS with over thirty five years’ experience in the not-for-profit fundraising and management consulting field and with 20 years’ experience as a consultant for a number of national not-for-profit management firms.  His skills include organization and campaign management, marketing, public relations, strategic and long range planning, major gift negotiation and volunteer recruitment. 

The Waterville Historical Society has recently completed a five year strategic plan and is currently preparing for a major capital and education campaign in the near future. Dennis is taking the reins of the Society’s fundraising and program development, as well as assisting with day to day operations as of May 1.


P.O. Box 263,  Waterville, OH  43566            whs43566@outlook.com

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