NEW EXHIBIT! Wayne County Memorabilia, March 8-June 28

Hagans Wayne County Memorabilia Exhibit Open House: Sunday, March 8th from 1:00-4:30pm.

The Hagans with a sampling of their extensive collection

The Hagans with a sampling of their extensive collection. Photo courtesy of Tami Lange Mosser (Wooster Weekly News)

We are excited to announce our upcoming exhibit titled, Wayne County Memorabilia: The Collection of Patrick Hagans. The exhibit will run from March 8th – June 28th. The Hagans Family is delighted to share this extensive collection of Wayne County and Wooster memorabilia. For more information and an online preview of some of these items, please visit the Hagans page on our Digital Collection site here. There is memorabilia from all corners of Wayne County, so make sure to check it out!

Biography of Patrick Hagans

Patrick Hagans was born in Wooster, Ohio on April 9, 1948. He was the only child of Ralph F. Hagans, born near Nellie, Ohio in Coshocton County in 1916, and Catherine Bartholomew, whose parents had immigrated from Pietrabbondante, Italy to Wooster in the late 1800s, she was born in Wooster, Ohio on December 8, 1916. Patrick Hagans graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School and Wooster High School. He went on to college at Kent State University (KSU) where he received a B.S. in Chemistry. During his time at college he returned home every summer to work at Rubbermaid. He went on to graduate school and obtained a M.S. in Chemistry from KSU and then proceeded to Case Western Reserve University where he earned a Ph.D in Physical/Electrochemistry. For many years Hagans worked as a research scientist at a number of different institutions including universities, companies and the Federal government, Patrick Hagans holds 18 U.S. Patents and has 47 technical publications along with having presented 67 papers at technical meetings.

Patrick Hagans has been collecting items originating from Wooster and Wayne County for about 15 years. He and his wife, Sharon, have been avid collectors of antiques including vintage photographs, postcards, furniture, primitives, glassware, pottery, and clocks. Pat had fond remembrances of his time spent in Wooster, Ohio so collecting items that originated there seemed like an obvious extension to his interest in antiques. After a few years, he branched out to include Wayne County objects after he read a number of published works on the history of Wooster and Wayne County.

Although some of the donated items were acquired from antique shops in Wooster and Wayne County, the bulk of the items were obtained from eBay auctions. eBay is an excellent resource for generating collections of photographs, postcards, letters, and advertising, as it provides access to a larger pool of sellers from all over the U.S. where these items can be found. Other internet sellers, not on eBay, also became a significant resource as he expanded his search criteria.

The superb collection of Carte-De-Visite photographs and postcards donated to the WCHS is the result of the approximate 15 years Patrick Hagans spent searching for, and collecting, these items.


Please stay posted for more information.


  1. Doug Nickles says

    Hello Julie–I’m in the midst of a genealogy project of my family. My great, great grandfather Jacob E. Schaible had a sister Margaretha who married George S. Limb of Wooster. He was Quarter Master Sergeant of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company D, Wooster, Ohio of the Spanish American war. My grandmother left behind a number of original family portraits and one appears to be him in military dress. I’m waiting to hear back from a military uniform expert to see if the uniform worn matches up. Wish grandma would have labeled it. Are there any photos in the archives that might verify that the portrait I have is George Limb? If it is, then I feel it should be something displayed in Wooster. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks–Doug Nickles

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