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

Historically Speaking

April 2015

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

On Thursday, April 23rd, we held our annual dinner and elections. Congratulations to our new trustees: Jean Keller, Janice Knepley, Marlene Patterson and Jean Steele.

Saturday May 9th is our Mother’s Day Tea. We still have a limited number of seats available. If you’re interested in going, please call Lois Hanna at 419-599-0201 as soon as possible. The cost is $16.

The Bloomfield House and Carriage House Museum will be opening for the season on Sunday May 3rd from 2-4pm. We have some great new displays you won’t want to miss! In the Bloomfield House, we have a stunning selection of Pairpoint and Gone With the Wind lamps on loan to us from Brian Tilse. They are located on the lower level of the Bloomfield. Trust me—you won’t miss them when you walk in! These lamps are true works of art!

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! How many of you have been a volunteer or donor to the Red Cross? Be sure to visit the Carriage House and view our salute to the Red Cross. The history, uniforms and some medical equipment will be available for your perusal. There will also be a fun classic ‘50’s vignette in the Carriage House. It’s also important to remember that visits to the Bloomfield properties are all free to the public.

At this time, I would like to give you a quick look at some of the upcoming events. The Pattersons will officially begin their History Detective series on June 7th. Then on Sunday June 14th, we’ll be hosting our popular Strawberry Festival. Also joining us at the Strawberry Festival will be local author Linda Ridley. She will share her story, The Journey of Lucinda Jane, and also have a book signing. Details will follow.

July will be the month of our Town & Country Garden Tour, Saturday the 11th, to be specific. For $10 you’ll be able to enjoy six of Henry County’s best gardens. You won’t want to miss this!
August is fair time. A lot of work is being done on the log cabin in particular, as well as the school house, and the finishing touches are being placed on the gazebo. We’re so happy to see so many of you using the gazebo! There’s also a good chance we’ll be using the gazebo as the centerpiece of an old fashion ice cream social. Stay tuned!

September will be our final month open to the public. We’ll also be hosting another tea the last weekend of the month. Details will follow.

There are already bookings for private events, luncheons and dinners through the rest of the year. If you would like to hold an event at the Bloomfield House, you will now call Lois Hanna at 419-599-0201. Please note this is a change, and Lois will be happy to book your event and help you with the details.

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

This concludes this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking” sponsored by the Henry County Historical Society. 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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