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.

Jan
1
12:01 PM12:01

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE CANCELED

Even though we did sponsor the Plunge last year and had over 1,800 people attend, the new bridge project has put a serious crimp in our plans until the bridge is completed and the new park is operational. So until that happens we are postponing any plans for the PBP and are not sponsoring or encouraging a Plunge by anyone at the construction site because of the obvious danger. We look forward to the bridge completion and resuming this fun annual event. There is no plans to hold this event at any other site.

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"Light Up Waterville!"
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

"Light Up Waterville!"

Light up Waterville will be held in Uptown Waterville on Third Street! Spread some holiday cheer with all your friends and family! There will be lighting of the Christmas tree between Clayful Arts and the Hall of Framers at 6:00 pm. John Pray will be there to share Waterville Christmas stories and traditions around the fire pit. Galati Photography will have his Christmas booth there to take pictures. Santa Claus will be there. There will be music, food and beverages. Bring your friends and neighbors to help us usher in the holidays in Waterville. Hope to see you there!

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Art Stolen by Nazis in World War II

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There will be election of officers and annual meeting of the Waterville Historical Society, followed by a talk by Al Geha on Art Stolen by Nazis during WW II.

This will be the final program of 2018 with the presentation of “Art Stolen by Nazis in World War II”.   Al Geha of Waterville will cover the relationship of stolen and looted art that began before the outbreak of and during WWII.    Mr. Geha is retired from the Medical College of Ohio Dept. of Pathology, and is a docent at the Toledo Museum of Art.  The program will begin at 7:00 pm at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Rd, is free and open to all, and will be followed by refreshments. 

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Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

WAKEMAN ARCHIVES WINTER HOURS

 Winter hours for the Wakeman Archival Research Center, 401 Farnsworth Road, begins November 7th 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 419-265-4871 for more information or to make an appointment. Summer hours will resume in May, 2019

 

 

 

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Wakeman Archival Research Center
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Wakeman Archival Research Center

Wakeman Archives is 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: 419-265-4871.

Winter hours for the Wakeman Archival Research Center, 401 Farnsworth Road, begins 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 419-265-4871 for more information or to make an appointment. Summer hours will resume in May, 2019.

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Historical Waterville Spooktacular!
Oct
25
5:00 PM17:00

Historical Waterville Spooktacular!

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The Waterville Historical Society will be repeating their successful Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, October 25 from 5-7:00 pm.  Take a walk from Third Street east on Farnsworth Rd. and be directed down a spooky alley that leads to our River Road campus where you will be greeted with ghost stories around a campfire, a boneyard full of spines, Halloween games, and a creepy couple named Sargent reincarnated for this one evening.  There will also be a photo booth to capture the fun event, a Hot Beverage Bar courtesy of Biggby Coffee, and the Holey Toledough Doughnut Truck that features one-of-a-kind treats! 

Join us for a SPOOKY good time, free and appropriate for all ages, costumes or not!

 

 

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Final Open House and Walking Tours for the 2018 Season
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Final Open House and Walking Tours for the 2018 Season

The Waterville Historical Society will be opening its museum doors for the last time this year on Saturday, October 20, 9 AM-12 PM and recalling the very places connected with John Pray’s early arrival in what became the community of Waterville.   All are invited to view the exhibits in the Robbins and Sargent House museums, 114-118 S. River Road, and the final time for the WWI exhibits in the Robbins house.  Two tours will be led, one meeting at Robbins House @ 9 AM for a shuttle ride or walk, and the second meeting at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road @ Noon for a walking tour.  The Archival Research Center is also open @ Wakeman Hall from 10 AM-2 PM that day.

Our featured group this month will be the StoryPoint community.  It starts with an individual apartment for just you or you and your spouse, somewhere that’s a comfortable place to live, visit with family, entertain friends and even share with your pet.  Life at StoryPoint gives you all the freedom you want, but also any support you may need.  This event is free and open to the public. Join us!

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Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Ghostly Encounter V rescheduled for October 17th

Back by popular demand, some of “residents” of Wakeman Cemetery will return to join us live on Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 PM for a fifth year of “Ghostly Encounters.”  You will be introduced to some famous Waterville residents who reside right there in the cemetery and come alive on this one night to share their stories with us. They are a varied bunch with tragedy and comedy in equal measure, but always an interesting side to our city and its origins.

Bring a lawn chair to sit on & a blanket to ward off chills! Our stage will consist of a grassy, relatively level and grave marker-free area. In case of inclement weather, come to the Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road at 7:00 p.m. Thanks to the Waterville Gas & Oil Company for allowing free parking in their lot across the street. Refreshments served at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth, after the presentation.

 

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"Ghostly Encounters V" CANCELED FOR TONIGHT! Will be held Oct. 17th
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

"Ghostly Encounters V" CANCELED FOR TONIGHT! Will be held Oct. 17th

Back by popular demand, some of “residents” of Wakeman Cemetery will return to join us live on Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 PM for a fifth year of “Ghostly Encounters.” Rain Date: October 17th. You will be introduced to some famous Waterville residents who reside right there in the cemetery and come alive on this one night to share their stories with us. They are a varied bunch with tragedy and comedy in equal measure, but always an interesting side to our city and its origins.

Bring a lawn chair to sit upon & a blanket to ward off chills! Our stage will consist of a grassy, relatively level and grave marker-free area. In case of inclement weather, come to the Wakeman Building, 401 Farnsworth Road at 6:30 p.m. Thanks to the Waterville Gas & Oil Company for allowing free parking in their lot across the street.

Refreshments served at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth, after the presentation.

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Wakeman Archival Research Center
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Wakeman Archival Research Center

Wakeman Archives is located upstairs at 401 Farnsworth Road, contains records of Watervile 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: 419-265-4871.

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Roche de Boeuf Festival
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Roche de Boeuf Festival

This years theme for Waterville Historical Society will be "Salute to our Historic Heroes"with re-enactors from 1794, 1812, Civil War and WW I. Our River Road Campus will have a military theme and be filled with military vehicles, military music, living history interpretations, historical crafts, and displays and “the homefront” in honoring the US military over 240 years. The Robbins House will have a WW I Exhibit featuring military artifacts and home front exhibits. Photo booths sponsored by Galati Photography. Retro candy store sponsored by Browning Masonic Community. Face painting and More!

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Open House and Walking Tour
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Open House and Walking Tour

                 Esther Glee Pollock

The Robbins House and Sargent house will be open for tours on August 25th from 9am-12 noon. The WWI exhibits will be in the Robbins House for viewing. There is a picture of Esther “Glee” Pollock (1892-1918) on display. She was the eighth child of James and Mary (Barnett) Pollock. She attended the Barnett School, at the corner of Heller and Box Road and later taught school for a short time near Waterville. “Glee” decided on a nursing career. She graduated from the old Flower Hospital School of Nursing on June 1, 1915. She served as an Army nurse in World War I. In 1918 while stationed in Kentucky she caught the “flu” and on October 13, 1918 she died. This was during the nation-wide influenza epidemic that killed thousands across the country. There is a WW I nurses uniform in the upstairs at the Robbins House that probably many of the nurses wore during this time.

The downtown tour will meet at Robbins House at 10 AM for a shuttle ride and the Uptown walking tour meets at Wakeman Hall at 12 noon. The Wakeman Archival Research Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday as well as every Wednesday from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This event is free and open to the public. Come and join us!

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Jul
28
9:30 AM09:30

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon -  Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

Special guests invited to view the exhibits in the Robbins and Sargent House museums at 114 and 118 S. River Road, include the hundreds of AW Alumni who are still in the area or may be visiting from afar..

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon -  Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

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John Pray Day and Music in the Park
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

John Pray Day and Music in the Park

The Waterville Historical Society presents a “John Pray Day” Celebration in Conrad Park to commemorate the arrival of John Pray to our area 200 years ago in 1818.  Activities will take place from 2-5:00 and will include a Bounce House, Kids games and yard game, face painting and education opportunities for kids of all ages as well as John Pray himself telling stories. 

Then, from 6-8:00, the Waterville Friends of the Library, Waterville Historical Society and Heartland of Waterville are hosting a “Music in the Park” featuring Buddy Love & the Coconuts. Eric's Ice Cream and Rosie's Rolling Chef will be serving up fresh deliciousness during the concert. What a great way to spend a Sunday in your own hometown! 

 

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Don’t miss the new WWI displays at the Robbins House at 114 S. River Rd. in Waterville.  On the first floor are mannequins with uniforms and a very special set of stereographic photos of both Allies & Axis soldiers.  Upstairs features displays on propaganda, life on the home front, and information on the Red Cross, including an authentic nursing uniform.  Plus, the Sargent house next door has a new display of tools that came from the Rupp Canal Store.  Lots to see and learn at our River Road campus!!

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon -  Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

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Finding Your Relatives Using Online Cemetery Resources
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Finding Your Relatives Using Online Cemetery Resources

                        Wakeman Cemetery

The Wednesday, May 16 program from The Waterville Historical Society will be “Finding Your Relatives Using Online Cemetery Resources”, by Don Hengen.  This free program will be presented at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road in Waterville at 7 p.m. 

The program will cover two national and several other local cemetery indexes that are found on the internet.  Also the use of Findagrave.com. 

Mr. Hengen is a native of Nebraska, but has been in NW Ohio for 30 years, and has spent much of his retirement traveling the Midwest researching his descendants.  He is a member of local Genealogy Societies and has served as president of the Genealogy by Computer Society.  He began contributing to Findagrave in 2009 and has photographed 4 cemeteries and half of two others, including Waterville’s Wakeman Cemetery. 

Refreshments will be served following the program.  

 

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon. The exhibits will be an overview of WW I and the local participation in it. Many of the items will be that which Al Graf brought back from overseas. Bill Albert will have a display of stereoscopic pictures and viewers that visitors will be able to use. 

Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

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John Pray by Jim Conrad
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

John Pray by Jim Conrad

June 25, 2018 will mark the 200th anniversary of John Pray’s arrival to Waterville as a settler.  In recognition of his role as the city’s founder, the Waterville Historical Society will sponsor several events this year in his honor.  On Wednesday, April 18, “An Evening with John Pray, Esquire:  The Founder of Waterville” will be presented by Jim Conrad, WHS President and re-enactor.  The program is free to the public and will be held at Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Drive at 7:00 PM. 

Pray’s small party consisted only of himself (age 34), his 28 year-old wife Lucy, four children ages 14 months to seven years, and an 8 year-old nephew.  They traveled by wagon from Smithfield, New York to Buffalo and by schooner to the site of Fort Meigs.  A day later they found sanctuary at a spare cabin built by settler James Calendar Adams at the corner of Dutch and River Roads. 

The program seeks to portray the events surrounding the development and growth of Waterville as seen through the eyes of Pray—explorer, speculator, farmer, realtor, and industrialist.  In keeping with his sense of humor, every attempt will be made to humanize and breathe life into this extraordinary visionary.     

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Granite City Day March 25th for WHS
Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

Granite City Day March 25th for WHS

We are ready to announce our first 20% of everything at Granite City on Sunday, March 25th will be donated to WHS. Granite City Food and Brewery is located near the theaters at Fallen Timbers Mall. We have been promised that no other organizations will be permitted to share "our day." The trick is that you must tell the server or give him/her the flyer that announces our benefit. The 20%  includes alcoholic beverages along with all else. Brunch is 9 AM-2 PM; menus available all day from 9 AM-9 PM and this counts on carryout orders as well! Print out flyer as reminder or to share w/friends.

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

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