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The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society

Historically Speaking

October 2014

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

Here we are, another month is quickly coming to an end, but what a wonderful month it was!

Our marker unveiling and birthday celebration was a wonderful event! The weather was absolutely stunning, and we were so pleased with the number of people who joined in the festivities: from flag waving pre-schoolers to area seniors. We were also pleased to have Mr. Andy Verhoff, representing the Ohio History Connection, join us and speak for the occasion. And I might add, he was very impressed with the location of our new marker. Pastors Kramer and Castello opened and closed our program, and Central Elementary School fourth and fifth graders led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Those students were: fourth graders Ashton Kiessling, Tori Lauharn, Derrick Miller, Mason Peckinpaugh, Izaiah Rodriguez, and fifth graders included Kyla Bressler, Garrett Burkey, Taylor Dietrich, Ella Fox, Katie Gerken, Jillian Marroquin, Molly Rees, Tanner Rubinstein and Tristan Stacy. Seventh graders Olivia Weaver and Kody Boehm presented poems describing their hometown. Eighth grader Mitchell Bachman gave us a well researched history of Henry County and Napoleon. Henry County Historical Society President, Tom Jenny, welcomed the crowd and gave them a brief explanation of the significance of the marker placement. Joel Miller, representing the Chamber of Commerce, and Jason Maassal and John Helberg from City Council added their comments, as well as proclaiming Russell Patterson Mayor for the day. Russell, as Mayor, read a proclamation in celebration of Napoleon’s 180th birthday. As Mayor Patterson unveiled the marker, Mary Wesche read the transcript of the double sided marker. No birthday party is complete without cake, and after the program, everyone was invited to continue the celebration inside the City Building.

We would also like to thank WNDH radio for their participation. There were many wonderful comments about the business spotlights that aired, and the pop quiz questions as well. Thank you, too, to the Northwest Signal for concurrently running the radio programs in print format as well as showcasing historical pictures, and for the special birthday pullout. We’d also like to thank Mr. Tom Jenny for putting together power point programs relating to Napoleon’s history. Mr. Jenny was invited to present his programs to all the fourth graders. We want all schools and outside organizations to know that the presentation is available for your use in the classroom or as part of a meeting. Contact the Henry County Historical Society if interested.

If you were thinking of scheduling a holiday luncheon or dinner at the Bloomfield House for your group or organization, I’m afraid you’re too late! Currently all the dates we can handle have been filled. The Holiday Tea scheduled for Sunday December 7th still has a very, very limited number of seats available. If you’re thinking of going, then you need to call Lois Hanna right away. Her number is 419-599-0201. I cannot stress enough how limited seating is for this event! The cost is $16 per person.

Have you started thinking about Christmas? The Bloomfield House is already undergoing its holiday transformation. Our open house will be December 13th and 14th. All the details will be published here next month.

One other event that will be in full swing before you know it is our membership drive. Details will be given next month.

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

The content that used to be here on the homepage can now be found HERE. We wll make it easier to find in the near future.

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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