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The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545

Historically Speaking

May 2015

Good morning and welcome to this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking” from the Henry County Historical Society.  I am Tom Jenny, president of the Henry County Historical Society.  This month we start with a new voice but the same good information from the historical society.  Our thanks to Mary Wesche for presenting this radio show all last year.

The month of June continues with the opening of the Dr. Bloomfield House Museum each Sunday from 2-4:00 p.m.  In the Bloomfield House, we have a stunning selection of Pairpoint and Gone With the Wind lamps on loan to us from Brian Tilse.  Bev Koenig generously loaned us a wonderful collection of her childhood toys.  I can guarantee that many of you had or have played with many of these toys and games.  There will certainly be a smile on your face when you leave this exhibit! The Rettig family donated several bedroom pieces that show what a farm house bedroom was like at the turn of the 20th century . We also have a special display on the Red Cross in Henry County at the carriage house. The Pattersons will officially begin their History Detective series on June 7th.  On May 20 and 21 we welcomed all of the third grade students from the Napoleon Area Schools for tours and special programs on life in the Bloomfield House. Our thanks to Rose Wiemken for coordinating this event.

At the fairgrounds, we are starting preservation work on the log house.  This will continue throughout the first part of the summer. All of the first grade students in the Napoleon Area Schools visited the log house and schoolhouse on May 20 and participated in some special programs on life as a Black Swamp pioneer.  Our thanks to Peggy Bohls for organizing this event for us.

We would like to thank the Henry County Community Foundation and all those who supported us on Facebook.  We were awarded a $500 mini grant to be used on the historic gazebo.  Our next project will be painting it and deciding how we want to light it.  Stop by and take a look at it.  It really has regained its prominence at the fair and has been a nice stopping off point for many of the walkers on the fairgrounds.

Coming up on Sunday June 14 from 11:00-2:00 will be our annual Strawberry Festival at the Bloomfield House.  Love history and strawberries?  Make it a point to join us.  There will be a book signing with local author Linda Ridley.  She will share her story, The Journey of Lucinda Jane, as well as have a book signing.   The Tuba-fours will provide the music again, lunch will be served, and you can take in the new exhibits at the Bloomfield site.

Saturday, July 11 is the date for our garden tour.  This one will be a country tour, so be on the lookout for information about it.

This concludes this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking”.  As always, we thank you for helping us keep history alive.


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The Henry County Historical Society was formed in 1970 to perpetuate the history of Henry County, Ohio, to learn about and preserve the artifacts of the county, and to generate interest in the past of the county. Our primary focus at this time is the completion of the restoration work on the beautiful Dr. John Bloomfield Victorian home, built circa 1879. This house is located at the corner of West Clinton and Webster streets in downtown Napoleon, across from the Napoleon Public Library. The house has been completely restored and is decorated with authentic period furnishings. Work is in progress on the carriage house and gardens. The home is open for special events, educational programs and private tours. We welcome new and old members alike to lend a hand and help us in our many programs and activities.

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