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.

Open Houses and Walking Tours
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

The Open Houses will be held at our two historic homes, Robbins and Sargent houses on River Road. The Downtown Walking Tour begins at 9:00 at the Robbins House, and the Uptown Tour begins at 12:00 at Wakeman Hall. The Wakeman Archives will be open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

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DECADES OF FASHION
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

DECADES OF FASHION

Connie Isbell and Betty Metz from the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will be presenting a trunk show of ladies fashions. Women's fashion has always been a mirror of the world of each decade; reflecting the current state of the economy and social climate of the times. We will enjoy seeing clothing spanning over 150 years. Betty is the current President of OJHS, Connie the past President and both are long time board of trustees members.

This will be a perfect program for you to invite your friends. Gentlemen will enjoy the presentation also. History is told through many avenues, and this time the story is told from inside a woman's clothes closet.

 

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

The Open Houses will be held at our two historic homes, Robbins and Sargent houses on River Road. The Downtown Walking Tour begins at 9:00 at the Robbins House, and the Uptown Tour begins at 12:00 at Wakeman Hall. The Wakeman Archives will be open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

The Open Houses will be held at our two historic homes, Robbins and Sargent houses on River Road. The Downtown Walking Tour begins at 9:00 at the Robbins House, and the Uptown Tour begins at 12:00 at Wakeman Hall. The Wakeman Archives will be open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Open Houses will be held at our two historic homes, Robbins and Sargent houses on River Road. The Downtown Walking Tour begins at 9:00 at the Robbins House. It will focus on Waterville as a river town prior to the opening of the canal in 1843 and include sites and stories along River Road, Second Street, Farnsworth Road, and South Street. The Uptown Tour begins at 12:00 at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road and will cover the historic businesses, stores, and stories along the Third Street business district which sat along the canal. The Wakeman Archives will be open from 10:00AM-2:00 PM. The 2019 displays at the Wakeman Hall will feature D-Day and will have the front page of the Blade for June 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th of 1944. There are also WWII Army and Navy uniforms located at Wakeman. Both Whitehouse Historical Society and Monclova Historical Society have displays there as well. The downstairs of Robbins House will feature businesses of Waterville with a baseball uniform, Koral t-shirt, pictures and artifacts of the businesses here. There are also binders with pictures and ads from the last hundred years.  A new exhibit in the upstairs at the Robbins House is recognizing the contributions of local, national and international efforts to win universal suffrage for women. If you have not stopped by the Women’s Suffrage display at the Robbins House Museum mark your calendar for this Saturday, June 29th. Come upstairs and learn all about the struggles of women here in America to be allowed to work outside the home, to keep any money they earned rather than turning it over to their husbands or fathers.  Not only could they not vote, they could not own property, had no right to keep their children in case of divorce, and were not even able to speak in public places! No, this was not Saudi Arabia, it was the United States prior to 1919! Come and view our displays, a timeline of events, biographies of famous suffragettes, and the use of propaganda, both pro and anti-suffrage.

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Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

Music in the Park with Chloe and the Steel Strings

Music in the Park is co-sponsored with the Waterville Library. The band will be Chloe and the Steel Strings, a soft-rock band from Toledo, Ohio formed in the summer of 2017. The band includes: lead Vocals, Guitar - Chloe Wagenhauser; Bass Guitar, backing vocals - Connor Ward; Keyboard, backing vocals - Anna Wagenhauser; Lead Guitar - Pete Rodriguez and on drums - Andre Shepherd. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend the evening with friends and neighbors enjoying the summertime set to music!

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Historic Home Tour
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Home Tour

Our successful Historic Homes Tour from 2017 is back this year and features 7 historic homes, plus the Waterville United Methodist Church. The tour is a fund-raising event to support the education, renovations, and preservation work of the Waterville Historical Society. The stops are as follows:

  • 1882 William Witte Carriage House

  • 1835 Abell-Krause House

  • c.1895 Buck-Monroe House

  • 1908 William Haskins House

  • 1914 Waterville United Methodist Church

  • 1912 Harold Hutchinson House

  • 1838 Robbins House

  • c.1834 Sargent House

Two free shuttle busses will be available during the day, with parking located at J & R contracting, 1300 Michigan Ave. The Waterville United Methodist Church (102 N. Fifth St.) will also be serving lunch that day from 11:00-1:00 for donation only, and as they are a stop on the tour, a perfect place to rest and rejuvenate!

In addition the AW Area Arts Commission is hosting their Art and About 2019 event that day, featuring local artists painting outside around town and a scavenger hunt in the downtown area. For more information, visit www.awaac.org.

Ticket sales will begin on April 22 at Wakeman Archival Center, Waterville Library, Waterville Hardware and here online. Ticket prices will be $20 with an additional one dollar charge for on-line tickets6

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Attic Treasure Sale
Jun
5
to Jun 7

Attic Treasure Sale

As in years past, WHS will be hosting a sale of vintage and household items at Wakeman Hall, Wednesday June 5th 10am to 3 pm, Thursday , June 6th from 9 am to 3 pm and Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Mark your calendar to stop by and find a treasure. The Wakeman Archives will also be open on Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm during the Attic Treasure Sale.

We will be accepting donations starting now.  To donate, contact Jim Stoma at 419-878-0657 or bring them to the Wakeman when the Archives are open.

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Lost and Found: Noted Toledo Architect George R. Rheinfrank and Waterville, Ohio
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lost and Found: Noted Toledo Architect George R. Rheinfrank and Waterville, Ohio

The Waterville Historical Society is hosting a program titled “Lost and Found?  Noted Toledo Architect George B. Rheinfrank and Waterville, Ohio” on Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Rd., Waterville.  Edward Hill, Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Blade Rare Book Room at Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will discuss architectural drawings which are part of a previously unknown collection discovered in 2017 and acquired by the Library.   George B. Rheinfrank (1874-1960) designed many notable buildings in Toledo and the surrounding area, some of which still survive.   Join us to learn about Rheinfrank’s connection to Waterville and about this recently discovered collection.

This program is free and open to the public.  

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

The Open Houses will be held at our two historic homes, Robbins and Sargent houses on River Road. The Downtown Walking Tour begins at 9:00 at the Robbins House, and the Uptown Tour begins at 12:00 at Wakeman Hall. The Wakeman Archives will be open from 10:00AM-2:00 PM. The 2019 displays at the Wakeman Hall will feature D-Day and will have the front page of the Blade for June 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th of 1944. There are also WWII Army and Navy uniforms located at Wakeman. The downstairs of Robbins House will feature businesses of Waterville with a baseball uniform, Koral t-shirt, pictures and artifacts of the businesses here. There are also binders with pictures and ads from the last hundred years.  A new exhibit in the upstairs at the Robbins House is recognizing the contributions of local, national and international efforts to win universal suffrage for women. While the exhibit for April and May will concentrate on the Suffrage Movement, later exhibits will feature women who distinguished themselves in all areas of endeavor, as well as recent efforts to win equal rights for women worldwide. The June 15th Historic Home Tour tickets also available here online under Join and Give. You can also buy tickets at the Wakeman Archives any time that we are open.

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Old Homes of Waterville Has been canceled.
Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

Old Homes of Waterville Has been canceled.

This program has been canceled

“Old Homes of Waterville” offers a look at several dozen of the city’s most interesting landmarks.  Selections were based upon historical significance, who lived there, changing architectural styles and availability of “before and after pictures,” that is, both vintage and current photos.  The program is free and open to the public.

Local historian Jim Conrad is a native of Waterville.  He taught American history in the Toledo Public School System for thirty-five years and currently serves as President of the Waterville Historical Society.  The programs are free and open to anyone 50 years or older.  Reservations are required and may be made by either visiting Browning’s Registration Event on the campus from 2:00 to 4:00 on Tuesday, March 5.  OR by simply calling Molly Good at 419-360-5141.

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"An Evening with John Pray"
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

"An Evening with John Pray"

Barely 200 years ago, John Pray and his family first arrived at the future site of Waterville as settlers.  On Wednesday, April 24, “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 StoryPoint Retirement Community, 1470 Pray Boulevard in Waterville 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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Old Homes of Waterville
Apr
11
1:30 PM13:30

Old Homes of Waterville

“Old Homes of Waterville” offers a look at several dozen of the city’s most interesting landmarks.  Selections were based upon historical significance, who lived there, changing architectural styles and availability of “before and after pictures,” that is, both vintage and current photos.  The program is free and open to the public.

Local historian Jim Conrad is a native of Waterville.  He taught American history in the Toledo Public School System for thirty-five years and currently serves as President of the Waterville Historical Society.  The programs are free and open to anyone 50 years or older.  Reservations are required and may be made by either visiting Browning’s Registration Event on the campus from 2:00 to 4:00 on Tuesday, March 5.  OR by simply calling Molly Good at 419-360-5141.

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"Old Homes of Waterville"
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

"Old Homes of Waterville"

“Old Homes of Waterville” offers a look at several dozen of the city’s most interesting landmarks.  Selections were based upon historical significance, who lived there, changing architectural styles and availability of “before and after pictures,” that is, both vintage and current photos.  The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to StoryPoint at 419.878.1000.

Local historian Jim Conrad is a native of Waterville.  He taught American history in the Toledo Public School System for thirty-five years and currently serves as President of the Waterville Historical Society.

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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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