2017 – Voices From The Past – 24th Season

Voices From the Past is a widely-popular series of programs held in our 1873 Schoolhouse, and 2017 is our twenty-fourth season of this beloved series! Tickets are on sale now for our 2017 season: download the Voices from the Past Order Form and return it to the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio.

Ray Leisy, originator and manager of Voices From the Past programs, promises us another great season of shows. Last year, all the programs sold out in advance as usual, so get your tickets early so you will not be disappointed!

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. Office hours at the Historical Society are Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tickets may also be ordered through the mail. Please call the WCHS office at 330-264-8856 to determine availability. Orders may be mailed to Wayne County Historical Society, 546 East Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691.

Prices:  $6.00 for a student;  $10.00 for an adult member of WCHS; and $14.00  for a non-member adult.

2017 Schedule

January 22nd, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – HELEN WELCH

000514_photobluedressPeople around the world have loved and performed music from what has come to be called The Great American Songbook. For this show Helen’s quartet explores some of the great music from the decades just after that revered golden age as they pay tribute to songwriters who made their mark in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Song writers include Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow, Paul Simon and so many more!

Learn more about Helen Welch at: http://helenwelch.com/


February 26th, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – PATRICK HENRY

thomas-as-henry-6-300x197Patrick Henry, portrayed by professional actor Doug Thomas, teaches us that one can be poor, grow up in the backwoods with a limited education, fail multiple times, and yet ultimately succeed. Mr. Henry was a store owner, a husband, a father, a farmer, and a skillful lawyer. As a passionate orator, he is best known for his “Give me Liberty or give me Death!” speech. Patrick Henry was vehemently in favor of what would become the Bill of Rights. Patrick Henry is a reenactment to remember.

American Historical Theatre: http://ahtheatre.org/america/home/patrick-henry-2


March 19th, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – KELLEY MCRAE

thumbs_kelley-mcrae-pressKelley 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.

More about Kelley McRae: http://kelleymcrae.com/


April 23rd, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – SCOTT AINSLIE

scott_ainslie_neyt112015-23tn-2f1a1e90b2Considered a master of American roots music, Scott Ainslie brings a wealth of personal and musical history to the stage. With engaging stories he provides historical context for a repertoire of Delta blues and ragtime guitar, gospel, and banjo and fiddle traditions of the Southern Appalachians. Coming of age during the Civil Rights era, Ainslie has a deep affinity for cross-cultural exchange; he plays American roots music from both sides of the color line with affection, authority and power.

More information at: http://cattailmusic.com/