Dave Westrick is a retired Communications Consultant and Historical Researcher. He serves on the board of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission and the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor.
One Hundred Years ago the United States entered the First World War. The young American soldiers, called doughboys, came from small towns and farms. Most had never seen a big city. Very few had ever been in a foreign country. None of them were prepared for a modern war. Their concept of war was based on stories of the American Civil War and the Old West. They found themselves in a strange land facing machine guns, high explosives, poison gas and airplanes. Despite the shock and horror of trench warfare, the Americans not only survived but prevailed. Using copies actual combat art and an extensive collection of artifacts, including weapons, uniforms and gear, Historical Interpreter Dave Westrick gives us a glimpse into the life the doughboy and the experience that changed the world.
We will be open the last Saturday of October as usual from 10 am-2pm. This is the last Saturday open until Spring. We will also be starting winter hours at the Archives. We are open on Wednesday from 10-12 weather permitting. Watch for the open sign. You can always call for an appointment.
Join us for a night of fun at the Sargent and Robbins historical houses with Rebel Chiropractic's boneyard, treats with StoryPoint- Waterville, and AUTHENTIC GHOST STORIES from the Waterville Historical Society! Head on over after trick-or-treating at the Boo-To-Do on 3rd Street! Children will safely be led down Farnsworth Road and through the alley next to Fish Associates to the back yard of the Sargent House. There they will listen to Jim Conrad, in historic attire, tell ghost stories from the Columbian House around a campfire provided and tended by Red Bear and his crew of re-enactors. The children will proceed through the Sargent House where Tyler and Nicole Madeker in the roles of Edward and Rowena Sargent will pass out Halloween candy. Next stop, Dr. Tyler Schwanz’ boneyard display followed by hot beverages on the porch of the Robbins House provided by our local Biggby Coffee. A free doughnut will be given to each guest from the Holey Toledough Doughnut truck courtesy of Heartland of Waterville.
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 11 AM - Wakeman Archival Center . Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM
Some of the permanent "residents" of Wakeman Cemetery will reappear in a free program on Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. "Ghostly Encounters IV," researched and produced by the Waterville Historical Society will tell the true stories of the lives of some of the town's more interesting characters through costumed re-enactors. There will be refreshment afterwards.
The program will be held at the Wakeman Hall due to inclement weather starting at 7 pm
Wakeman Archives will be open the last Saturday of September as usual. Hope to see you there!
The Museums will be open during the festival and will have the new Waterville Book available in front of the Robbins House. We will also have the new book on 3rd Street where the authors will be having a book sale and signing during regular festival hours. We are asking for a $20 donation for the book. The WHS will also be having a raffle in front of the Robbins House. Raffle prizes will include a Brian Lonsway bottle, a Larry and Paige Koosed carving, a Clarence Shields Limited Edition print of the Waterville Railway station and more
Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 11 AM - Wakeman Archival Center open from 10 AM to 2 PM. On the Wakeman Porch we will be having our new book "Waterville" available for $20 donation beginning at 9 AM.
Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 11 AM - Wakeman Archival Center open from 10 AM to 2 PM
Excitement is building for Waterville’s first “Historic Homes Tour” since 1989 today, Saturday, June 17th, so that you can attend this delightful event. There will be six beautiful homes in the older sections of Waterville available for touring. Some are very true to their original floor-plans and you will get an idea of how our ancestors were living during the early days of our community. Others have been remodeled extensively, but still retain their historic feel with many original touches. A few tickets are still available and can be purchased at each of the homes for $20.00
A portable tent will be set up in front of the J & R Contracting, 1300 Michigan (formerly the Kroger store parking lot) where you can get a courtesy shuttle to transport ticket holders to the homes.
The Waterville Historical Society’s Attic Treasures Sale moved its’ dates and location in 2016 to Wakeman Hall and is held in conjunction with the Waterville Community Garage Sales on the second weekend of June. This year’s dates will be June 8-10. Held indoors at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Rd, it will be comfortable shopping on a hot June day. Stop by and find a collectible, trinket or possibly that piece of furniture to fill your home.
The 2017 sale dates also correspond to the 424 Historical Yard Sale from Florida, OH to Waterville. Make us your starting point as you wind your way through 30 miles of shopping in Waterville, Grand Rapids, Napoleon, Liberty Center, Texas and Florida, OH.
Looking For Donations: drop off donations after May 17th at the Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join Toledo Zoo Staff as they explore the Zoo of the past, present, and future. Learn about the historic buildings and amazing animals housed on our grounds as well as how the Zoo's mission has changed over the years. They will be bringing some small animals along.
The Downtown Walking tour will start at the Robbins House at 9 AM. The museums will be open from 9 AM until Noon. The School Exhibit will be featured at the Robbins House. The Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM with a WW I exhibit in the Wakeman Hall.
“Remembering Waterville School” will feature many vintage photos from the Waterville Historical Society’s archival center. The program will begin with a brief review of Waterville’s village and township schools from 1825’s Old Red Ox Mill School to the completion of the beautiful facility located on the site of the old school recently torn down. It will largely focus on that 1886 building and its subsequent additions and renovations which served our community until 1996. Photos of students, staff, memorabilia and structures range from the turn of the 20th century to the site’s last use as an Anthony Wayne elementary school.
A special invitation is extended to all graduates and attendees of Waterville High School and/or junior high school. Please bring any memorabilia to share of your treasured memories. If you still have your letter sweater or candid photos, we’d love to see them. We’re hoping to have as many of you as possible join in a rousing chorus of the school songs.
The Waterville Historical Society is having a special open house on April 1 as Ohio Museum Association, who is having their convention at Maumee Bay State Park, is spotlighting us as one of the museums to visit. All of our buildings will be open from 10-4 that day with special display of Waterville School memorabilia in the Robbins House. The Wakeman Hall will have a display of WW I items and our regular canal exhibit. The Wakeman Archives will also be open during those hours.
"The Life of General Anthony Wayne" will be presented by re-enactor Frank Butwin on Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. at Browning Masonic Community. This is the first in a series of free programs sponsored by the Waterville Historical Society for 2017.
Wayne is famous in this area primarily for the successful Battle of Fallen Timbers in which he defeated the Native American forces near Maumee in 1794. His name is now attached to schools, roads, towns and many other entities, but he really gained his fame during the Revolutionary War where he was admired by General George Washington for his military successes.
Butwin will talk about Wayne's family heritage, schooling, early work as a surveyor, military career in the Revolution and campaign to Fallen Timbers, death, burial in three places and legacy. His attitudes and character traits will be examined as well. Was he really "mad" and a "dandy?"
How about a contribution to the Waterville Historical Society while enjoying a delicious meal at Granite City restaurant (Fallen Timbers Mall) on Sunday March 12th. 20% of your total bill will be granted to WHS! This includes the wonderful brunch which starts at 9 AM all the way through food and beverages (yes, alcohol, too) and closing at 9 PM. TELL YOUR SERVER: We’re here for the Waterville Historical Society. You don't need the flyer.
A DAY TO GIVE BACK:
GivingTuesday is an unprecedented global movement of generosity founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. For the fourth year in a row, individuals from across America will able to donate money and raise funds for the nonprofit organization that matters to them.
This is a new way to support the Waterville Historical Society!
#GivingTuesday™, a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season, celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. The Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade have partnered to support local nonprofits in NW Ohio by promoting our program (WHS) and encouraging donations through a matching grant opportunity.
This year, #GivingTuesdayNWO is November 29, 2016.
TO DONATE ONLINE this day only, Tuesday, November 29:
Log onto: www.watervillehistory.org · Go to “Join & Give” and select “Donations.” Click on “DONATE ON-LINE.” Enter your contribution, then click Continue.” Follow prompts to complete the billing information.
OR MAIL A CHECK: Waterville Historical Society, P.O. Box 263, Waterville, OH 43566
· Date the check for November 29, 2016 · Be sure the check arrives to WHS on or before that date!
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Waterville Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization