CWRT: 11/20 @ 6:30pm; The Trial of Captain Wirz

Announcing the next installment in our FREE Civil War Roundtable Series: “The Trial of Captain Wirz: You Be The Judge. Was He the Biggest “Scapegoat” of the Civil War?” We are honored to have Van Young of Westerville speak on the Confederate prison, Andersonville, and the trial of its infamous camp Commander, Captain Wirz. This … [Read More]

2018 Ghost Walk Through History

The Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio in partnership with the Wayne Center for the Arts will be hosting a Ghost Walk Through History on the Society’s picturesque campus on October 19th and 20th of 2018. During the ghost walk, Spirit Guides will lead guests through the Society’s campus, encountering notable and notorious historical characters … [Read More]

WCHS Public Auction Notification

The Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio would like to inform its membership and general public that it will be disposing of de-accessioned collection items and books at a public auction taking place on August 30, 2018 starting at 9AM in the Kister building garage on campus. See the following webpage for details and images … [Read More]

WW1 Memorial Plaque at The College of Wooster

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Unites States of America formally entering World War 1. In Wayne County, Ohio there are few remaining memorials commemorating those killed in WW1 or marking the historical event. Wooster, once reportedly had an WW1 Doughboy statue that stood somewhere in town which has long since disappeared. … [Read More]


The Wayne County Historical Society Summer Community Band (sponsored by an anonymous donor for the Wayne County Historical Society) is looking forward to another summer of fine concerts. This band is an effort to remind us of the bands which many communities had back a century or so ago. The Wooster “Board of Trade Band” … [Read More]

Smithville Historical Society to Present Program on Milk Bottles

“Milk Bottles,” a lecture program created by Susan McFadden on the dairies of Wayne County, Ohio and farm-bottled milk industry, will be presented on May 1, 2017 at the meeting of the Smithville Community Historical Society at 7 PM in the historic Church of God on Milton Street. A business meeting will be held prior … [Read More]

WCHS Board of Trustees Motions & March 2017 De-Accessions

The Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio Board of Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting on March 28, 2017 and approved changes to sections, X. DE-ACCESSION PROCEDURE and XI. DISPOSAL, of the Society’s Collections Management Policy. One of those changes allows them to publish the list of approved de-accessioned items (objects released and removed … [Read More]

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]