MARCH 11, 2017, 1PM to 4PM – Docent Training Session

Arrangements have been made for a docent training day in which Charles Lepold and Shawn Godwin will give training presentations of the new WWI exhibit (Charles Lepold) and the Beall House (Shawn Godwin). Charles is the military specialist in charge of the WWI exhibit and Shawn is the talented professional responsible for the Beall House restoration. The training session will be held on Saturday March 11th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. We will split the docents into two groups; one will go with Charles and one will go with Shawn and then we will switch after an hour and a half. Please RSVP by March 1st to let us know if you can attend. Rumor has it that refreshments will be served.

2017 Voices From The Past – MAR 19th at 2pm in Lil Red Schoolhouse – KELLEY MCRAE

Kelley McRae grew up in Mississippi but called NYC home for years before teaming up with guitarist Matt Castelein in 2011, when the husband and wife duo traded in their NYC apartment for a VW camper van and hit the road full time. Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows later, they have toured coast to coast in the US, played to packed rooms across Europe, and sold out the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Their energetic guitar driven songs of hope continue to build a dedicated following. Tickets may be purchased at: The Wooster Book Company, 205 West Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio, or Wayne County Historical Society, 546 East Bowman St., Wooster, Ohio. Tickets may also be ordered through the mail. Please call the WCHS office at 330-264-8856 to determine availability. Prices: $6.00 for a student; $10.00 for an adult member of WCHS; and $14.00 for a non-member adult. Tickets are available at the Society during office hours on Tue & Fri 1PM-4PM.

APR 2, 2017, 2PM to 4PM – Wayne County and World War 1 Exhibit – Grand Opening


The featured exhibit of 2017, Wayne County in World War 1, honors the involvement and sacrifices of Wayne Countians during a pivotal moment in history. The exhibit is scheduled for its Grand Opening on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2PM-4PM and will feature several special events: 555th Honors Detachment, Three Volleys of Musketry Ceremonial Flag Fold, and Soldiers Cross Ceremony. The exhibit will be on display until the end of October 2017. This exhibit is the creation of the Society’s Military Committee and will show an extensive collection of military weapons of the era, stories from a number of local soldiers and civilians, the papers and memorabilia of Colonel Frank C. Gerlach, and showcase the artwork of over 25 vintage WW1 posters.

MARCH 24, 2017, 6:30pm – CWRT – Alvin C. Voris.

Join us for our next installment of the Civil War Roundtable.  Ted Dudra, Civil War reenactor and speaker, will bring Voris to life. Voris was the Colonel of 67thOhio Volunteer Infantry when they fell in behind the 54th Massachusetts to take the fortification. The battle was immortalized in the movie Glory. Three hundred of the 67th attacked; 150, including Voris, became casualties.  Voris survived, becoming the highest ranking officer to come out of Summit County during the Civil War.  Check out our post for more information.

MARCH 25, 2017 – Volunteer for Campus Clean-Up Day from 9:00AM to 12-NOON

Please join us on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 12-noon for a general cleaning of the Historical Society campus. Cleaning items will be supplied. Come and join us for a “fun” workday: there’s a good possibility there will be donuts available to boost everybody’s energy.

APR 18, 2017, 6:30pm – CWRT – President Lincoln at Washington City

Join us for our next installment of the Civil War Roundtable.   “Lincoln Scholar” Norman Schmidt will speak with slides on President Elect Abraham Lincoln’s interesting trip to Washington City in Feb. of 1861.  This talk is timely as we just had an election and the inauguration of a new president in our country. Such was the case in 1861 with Lincoln. It was an eleven day trip over many railroad lines which were all independently owned, had different gauges, and did not connect physically with each other in the cities. Walking to the next depot or taking a buggy were the options.  Baltimore was going to be a trouble spot for Lincoln. Some changes were made so he would not be injured or killed there. He finally arrived in Washington City unscathed. Check out our post for more information.

2017 Voices From The Past – APR 23rd at 2pm in Lil Red Schoolhouse – SCOTT AINSLIE

Kelley McRae grew up in Mississippi but called NYC home for years before teaming up with guitarist Matt Castelein in 2011, when the husband and wife duo traded in their NYC apartment for a VW camper van and hit the road full time. Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows later, they have toured coast to coast in the US, played to packed rooms across Europe, and sold out the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Their energetic guitar driven songs of hope continue to build a dedicated following. Tickets may be purchased at: The Wooster Book Company, 205 West Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio, or Wayne County Historical Society, 546 East Bowman St., Wooster, Ohio. Tickets may also be ordered through the mail. Please call the WCHS office at 330-264-8856 to determine availability. Prices: $6.00 for a student; $10.00 for an adult member of WCHS; and $14.00 for a non-member adult. Tickets are available at the Society during office hours on Tue & Fri 1PM-4PM.

May 13, 2017, 10AM to 3PM – CWRT – Civil War Living History Day

The Fifth Annual “Civil War Living History Day” will be held at the Wooster Library in the front yard, the area inside the library front door, and the conference room.  The Wayne County Civil War Roundtable, in collaboration with the Wayne Co. Libraries, is hosting the day.  There is no charge and the event is open to the public.  We are commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War two years and one month after Gen. Lee finally surrendered. The horrific war had gone on for four years almost to the day. Check out our post for more information.