Book Signing at Local Roots on March 25th 10AM-Noon

Local Roots, at 140 S. Walnut St. in Wooster, Ohio, is hosting a book signing with author Karol Crosbie for her new publication, Beautiful Wayne County on March 25, 2017 between 10AM and 12-Noon. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward supporting the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio.

Historic Pipe that Caused Mill Explosion

There’s an artifact, #427, in the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio’s collection that has not been on display for a number of years and sits quietly in a drawer. However, it is among the earliest of artifacts collected for the original 1904 Wooster Public Library Museum which was absorbed by the formation of the … [Read More]

Quarterly Meeting on JAN. 25, 2017 at 6:30PM

Join us for the first membership Quarterly Meeting of 2017 at JAKE’S Steakhouse, 6655 East Lincolnway, on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM (revised time change). Please note RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY JANUARY 16th for this meeting, call the WCHS Office at 330-264-8856 to reserve your spot (leave a message if you call after hours). We … [Read More]

Office Closed Dec. 23rd & 30th

Please note that Friday, December 23, 2016, the Society’s office will be closed and will open again at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 27th. The office will then be closed again on Friday, December 30, 2016 and re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

1906 Swartz Voting Machine

It seems appropriate to spotlight a Wooster inventor’s Voting Machine as the featured From The Collection artifact in November of 2016. These mechanical devices were used to define ballots and to cast and count votes during an election. This voting machine was designed and built by Judge Hiram B. Swartz during his retirement years. It … [Read More]

Fall Quarterly Meeting-10/26/2016 @ 5:30PM

Don’t forget the 2016 Fall Membership Quarterly meeting on Wednesday, October 26th, in the Kister Building at 5:30PM, where we’ll have a Potluck dinner and Sandi Keim will present the program, “Teddy Bears Through the Ages”. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and if you have a special teddy bear from … [Read More]

CANCELLED- Ghost Walk

Due to some unforeseen issues, we are cancelling the planned Ghost Walk for October 15, 2016. The good news is that we have rescheduled the event for Oct. 14th, 2017! Please return your ticket to the place of purchase for a full refund. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Call for Volunteers

The Publicity and Marketing Committee at the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio is in need of a volunteer to fill the position of CONTENT WRITER. Be aware that this position takes a substantial amount of time on a regular basis to fulfill. This volunteer job involves research, writing and posting content to the Society’s … [Read More]

Society Participates in Ohio Open Doors Event

The Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio is pleased to announce that it will participate in the Ohio Open Doors running from September 9–18 with a special Open House on Saturday, September 17, 2016 that is free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Ohio History Connection, Ohio Open Doors is a … [Read More]

Wooster’s Wood Water Lines

Wooster’s first water distribution system was built in 1811. These early engineers would set up a gravity water system, starting from a spring or stream on high ground, which allowed water to flow downhill to a desired location, which was often some sort of catch basin. The trick was to find some way to transport … [Read More]