History/Tourism

Historical Society Now Owns Former Jail And Sheriff’s Residence

10 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

A significant landmark of Delaware county and city history has a more certain future.

The sale of Delaware County’s historic Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence has closed.

On Wednesday, October 6, the $350,000 sale from the Delaware County Land Reutilization Corporation to the Delaware County Historical Society was completed. More…

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History/Tourism

President Hayes Walking Tour On Tap

17 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society presents a special walking tour in downtown Delaware. Titled “Young and Old Rutherford B. Hayes Walking Tour”, this event will be held on Sunday, October 3. Three identical tours will be offered – at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm, and are limited to 15 people for each tour.

Tours begin at the Sulfur Spring on Ohio Wesleyan’s Campus across from Selby Stadium and will include locations related to Rutherford B. Hayes’ life. The walk will feature Society volunteers and Hayes reenactors – Devon Hardwick as young Hayes and Bill Rietz as older Hayes. Tour guides will include Brent Carson and Laurie Schaefer.

Young Hayes will describe in detail, childhood memories of what he described as “his world” around the area of West William Street and Franklin Street. Older Hayes will discuss, among other topics, his devotion to his duties as a member of Ohio Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees and in his participation in laying the cornerstone of University Hall. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Receive Award

7 Sep , 2021  

The Delaware County Historical Society was recently informed they will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) in the category of History Outreach – Public Programming.’

The selected program, titled “Cultural Communities of Delaware County: Early Settlers and American Indians 1770-1850”is an entertaining and educational experience, geared for both school-age and adult audiences. Featuring costumed reenactors and produced by members of the Society’s Curriculum Support Committee, the program consists of eleven vignettes which illustrate the interactions between the Lenni Lenape (Delaware People) and early pioneers who settled Delaware County.

A narrator introduces us to historical experiences of early settlers and American Indians which are depicted through multi-media presentations incorporating re-enactment, art, dance, and music. More…

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History/Tourism

Learn About The History Of Delaware Entertainment Venues

4 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

On Wednesday, August 18, the Delaware County Historical Society will hold a live program on 19th Century Opera Houses in the City of Delaware.

Benny Shoults, Society volunteer, will take you back over one hundred and forty years in a new program titled, “That’s Entertainment.” This will be The Delaware County Historical Society’s first live program of the year and will be held at the Barn at Stratford, 2690 Stratford Road in Delaware.

This program will cover a time from 1879 to 1934 and will revolve around the once grand City Opera House in downtown Delaware (pictured), as well as other Delaware entertainment venues during “The Golden Era of Entertainment” in which the entertainment possibilities were quite progressive and numerous. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society Receives Grant To Digitize Delaware Newspaper

12 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Across Ohio, historical societies and museums are putting the past into digital form.

Through these efforts, photos and important paper documents are being stored in the most up-to-date format possible, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will survive long into the future.

These projects are promoted by the Ohio Local History Alliance (OHLA), which makes grants available to members each year with a maximum cap of $2,500. Collections which are chosen for digitization are those with local and/or statewide significance. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Present Program On The Columbus Zoo

6 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “The History of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium” on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 PM. The program will be on Zoom and Facebook Live with registration on Eventbrite.

From its humble beginnings in 1927 as a shelter for a few reindeer to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact, annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide.

This program will be presented by Dr. Michael Kreger, Vice President of Conservation and Sustainability at the Columbus Zoo. He will talk about where the Columbus Zoo has been and its progressive march to gaining an international reputation for excellence in animal care, conservation, and education. More…

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Life in Delaware County

A New Easter Idea: Adopt An Egg!

18 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

As part of the “Adopt-a-Memory” program of the Delaware County Historical Society, the “Adopt an Egg” is an opportunity for the public to “adopt” one of the colorful wooden or glass eggs from the Society’s collection of White House Easter Eggs. Twenty-five eggs have been hand selected for adoption from the Society’s rare collection of 107 colorful wooden eggs and 43 glass eggs which are dated from 1981 to 2014. This collection is believed to be the largest publicly displayed assemblage and was given to the Society anonymously in honor of President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes, who initiated the first event for children in 1878. More…

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History/Tourism

Society Looking At Pioneers And Early Native Population

13 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Later this month, the Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “Cultural Communities: Early Settlers and American Indians.”

Covering the years between 1770 and 1850, the program will take place on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 PM. Attendees will see eleven local reenactors who will bring Delaware County history to life as they tell their stories gathered from primary resources.

Hear the recollections of William Little, Laura Carpenter, Rev. James Finley, Mrs. Moses Byxbe, and Benjamin Franklin Thomas. You will also hear the story of Africa Ohio, Drake’s Defeat, and see some examples of American Indian games.  Viewers will also see a dance inspired by the traditions of the Lenni Lenape, as well as see artifacts from the period. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Historical Society Holding Unique Virtual Fundraiser

2 Nov , 2020  

Building on last year’s highly successful Banquet in the Barn, the Delaware County Historical Society will be holding a virtual fundraiser – the UNBanquet in the Barn, on Friday, November 6 at 7 PM and will be a combination of live and recorded segments. The live segments will feature Emcee Jeff Robinson, Auctioneer Dan Boysel, and the historical society board president – Dave Hejmanowski. The recorded segments will include historic reenactments of notable Delaware residents who were buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, including John Van Deman and William Little.

The event will also feature auction items for bidding which will be reviewed (live) by auctioneer Dan Boysel. The items will be hosted by Collin Howard on Howard Auctioneer’s website – howardauctions.net, beginning November 6th and will run through November 14. Items available for bidding include artifacts, a Hocking Hills getaway, a Meeker Homestead brunch, and much more. More…

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History/Tourism

Take A Walk Back In Time

30 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

For the fourth year in a row, history will come alive in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

On Sunday, October 11, the Delaware County Historical Society will host the Cemetery Walk, in which actors will portray eleven notable Delawareans who are buried there.  This year’s tour will feature a completely new list of historic figures from Delaware, including Allie Mathews, wife of the William Mathews – the last town Marshal and first chief of Police for the City of Delaware; Robert G. Lybrand, owner, business manager, and president of the Delaware Chair Company; Harriet Calista (Clark) McCabe, activist and author of publications for churches and the Temperance Union; Hosea Williams, entrepreneur and businessman in early Delaware; William Little, merchant and owner of vast properties in the city of Delaware. More…

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History/Tourism

Oral History Project Celebrates 75th Running Of Little Brown Jug

12 Sep , 2020  

Over the last year, volunteers at the Delaware County Historical Society have been working on an Oral History Project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the running of the Little Brown Jug Harness Race.

Hundreds of hours were spent interviewing people associated with the race and compiling a series of videos available on our website – www.DelawareOhioHistory.org. Excerpts from these interviews will be broadcast on WDLR Radio during morning and afternoon segments on the five days of racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association will also be broadcasting the race and using portions of the interviews during their broadcast. Leading this effort for the Society is Dr. Richard Leavy and Karen Cowan. More…

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History/Tourism

One Hundred Years Of Votes For Women: Historical Society “Remembers The Ladies”

14 Aug , 2020  

The Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “Remember the Ladies”: The 1850 Women’s Rights Convention in Salem, Ohio. Attendees will learn about the struggle, through letters and speeches from the fearless and tireless women who fought for their rights, beginning with Abigail Adams to Sojourner Truth and others.

This program will be held on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 PM and will be available to those who register on EventBright by using a Zoom link (more information here). It will also be shown on Facebook Live. Several days before the program, all registrants will receive an email with the link to Zoom. No software will need to be downloaded. There will be an opportunity to ask questions using a chat option. More…

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