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The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society

Historically Speaking

December 2014

Welcome to this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking.”

Christmas is upon us, and we hope you’re ready to celebrate, or at least close to it!  The Christmas season was a wonderful success at the Bloomfield House!  Our Holiday Tea was a visual feast for the eyes, and everybody walked out with smiling faces.  Our luncheons and dinners were also successful, in fact, you might want to start looking ahead to next  year and set a date for your event.  We can’t  say enough about our open house!  It was an absolutely picture perfect weekend!  After last year’s snow debacle, the weather was on our side. Thank you to Emanuel Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul United Methodist church for opening their doors and being part of the candlelight tour.  Thank yous also go out to the ladies who helped prepare the snacks and worked during the open house weekend as well as those who loaned display items.  And of course, another big thank you to Jean Bremer and Rose Wiemken for their decorating talents!

Not everything was going on at the Bloomfield House!  Taylor Moyer hosted an old-fashioned Christmas at our log cabin at the fairgrounds.  Young people, 8-12 years old, spent the first part of the day learning about pioneer traditions.  They were able to decorate a live tree with ornaments they made, and then took the ornaments home with them.  Several reenactors spent the day cooking Christmas dinner and dining in the log cabin.  This is yet another example of one of the many educational opportunities we offer through the Henry County Historical Society.

Something new has been developed by the Henry County Historical Society!  Tom Jenny, current president and former educator, has developed a series of power points.  Topics range from a great introductory overview of the Henry County Historical Society to the original businesses, how Napoleon got its name, and more.  The power points vary in length, and are adaptable to all age groups.  Any school or organization that would like to have a presentation can call 419-592-8006 for more information.  This is an easy and enjoyable way to learn more about your community.

The Henry County Historical Society membership drive is in full swing!  We have something for everyone in memberships.  For as little as $20, you can have an individual membership.  Think about it, you’ve probably saved that much at the gas pump the last few weeks!  This level is a great way for you to get started in the Historical Society, or it’s a great gift for the history lover in your family.  Your membership also allows you to decide how involved you want to become.  There are no rules or requirements you must fulfill.  Other membership levels range from $50 -$500, and there are family, corporate and organizational levels as well.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donation is tax exempt.  It’s important to know that our mission is to collect, preserve, hold, exhibit, interpret and demonstrate artifacts that will promote the history of Henry County and Ohio. While memberships are accepted throughout the year,  members  will be able to vote at the annual meeting in April by meeting the  February 1st  deadline,  which marks the end of our membership drive.  We hope to see many new faces join us!

One quick note:  our wine and cheese event will be Saturday February 14th, $10 per person.  Sounds like date night!  Details next month!

This concludes this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking” sponsored by the Henry County Historical Society.  All of us wish you the blessings of Christmas and a warm and happy New Year.  And as always, we thank you for helping us keep history alive!

Merry Christmas!

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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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