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 Two Walking Tours
Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

Open Houses and Two 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 11 AM - Wakeman Archival Center .  Wakeman Archival Center  will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

The American Soldier in World War One, A View From the Field
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

The American Soldier in World War One, A View From the Field

  • Wakeman Hall

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.


Music in Conrad Park
Jun
25
6:00 pm18:00

Music in Conrad Park

Music in the Park, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Waterville Historical Society featuring the band EXTRA STOUT from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ice cream will be available, donations appreciated.

Historic Homes of Waterville Tour today
Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Historic Homes of Waterville Tour today

 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.

 

 

WHS Attic Treasures Sale
Jun
8
Jun 10

WHS Attic Treasures Sale

  • Wakeman Hall

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.

 

Open Houses and Walking Tour
May
20
9:00 am09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tour

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon -  Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house at 9 AM - Wakeman Archival Center open from 10 AM to 2 PM

 

 

 

"A History of the Toledo Zoo"
May
17
7:00 pm19:00

"A History of the Toledo Zoo"

  • Wakeman Hall

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.

"Remembering Waterville School" by Jim Conrad
Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

"Remembering Waterville School" by Jim Conrad

  • Browning Masonic Community

“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.

Open House at Robbins, Sargent and Wakeman Hall
Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

Open House at Robbins, Sargent and Wakeman Hall

  • Robbins House

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.

"General Anthony Wayne Re-enactment" by Frank Butwin
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

"General Anthony Wayne Re-enactment" by Frank Butwin

  • Browning Masonic Community

     "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?"

Dine to Donate --- March 12, 2017
Mar
12
9:00 am09:00

Dine to Donate --- March 12, 2017

  • Granite City

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.

 

 GivingTuesday
Nov
29
1:00 am01:00

GivingTuesday

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 SocietyP.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!

Remember, this is a one-day only national event!       
100% of your donation (less credit card fees) will benefit the Waterville Historical Society!
Information entered on the website is confidential and is not shared with any other organization.

Waterville Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization

The Edmund Fitzgerald: What Really Happened
Nov
16
7:00 pm19:00

The Edmund Fitzgerald: What Really Happened

  • Wakeman Hall

    Shipping on the Great Lakes has a long and complicated history. To accommodate the growing need for bulk cargo, shipping changed from sail to steam, ships grew larger and construction materials evolved. This all culminated in the construction of the largest ship the Lakes had ever seen in 1957: S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald had a prolific career and set many records, even after larger ships were built. The Fitzgerald was lost tragically on November 10, 1975 on Lake Superior. To this day, the ultimate cause of the wreck remains a mystery. The question of what sank the Fitzgerald has been studied and debated for forty years. However, knowing the answer won't change what happened to the 29 crew members aboard at the time of her loss. 

   The speaker will be Ellen Kennedy who is the Education Manager at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. She received a Master's Degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She joined the team at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in June of 2015 and is honored to be able to introduce people to the fascinating history of the Great Lakes.

Dine2Donate at Granite City
Oct
16
9:00 am09:00

Dine2Donate at Granite City

  • Granite City

How about a contribution to the Waterville Historical Society while enjoying a delicious meal at Granite City restaurant (Fallen Timbers Mall) on Sunday, October 16th 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 10 PM. All proceeds will benefit the Save Our Sargent House Fund.

You may bring the little flyer along and present it to your server but just mentioning to the server that you are donating to the WHS is all you need to do.

Ghostly Encounters III
Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

Ghostly Encounters III

  • Wakeman Cemetery

Back by popular demand, some “residents” of Wakeman Cemetery will return to join us live on Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 PM for a third year of “Ghostly Encounters.”

Bring a lawn chair to sit upon and 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.

The Ghostly Encounters will once again feature nine “permanent residents” who were selected not necessarily on the basis of their importance in local history, but in respect to the interesting life stories they can tell. Refreshments to follow in the basement of the Presbyterian Church next door where church members will serve refreshments, including hot chocolate, and cast members will be introduced.

Roche de Boeuf Festival
Sep
24
9:00 am09:00

Roche de Boeuf Festival

We will be having a Chinese Raffle and will have WHS books for sale in front of the Robbins House. The Museums will be open for visitors that day as well. It will be the last day for the Waterville Bridge display as the display will change next year. Parking will be available at the Wakeman Hall parking lot for a donation again this year.

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

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