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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History/Tourism

Delaware County Historical Society Offers Virtual Learning Experiences for Kids

28 Jul , 2020  

Designed to be fun and entertaining, the Delaware County Historical Society has created a series of history-related activities for children in grades K-8. These include topics such as “What is an Artifact?”, Early Delaware County Pioneers, the 1913 Flood, Oak Grove Cemetery Scavenger Hunt, as well as “History Reading at Home.”

The Society also offers historic self-guided walking tours of the City of Delaware as well as a Delaware County Underground Railroad driving tour. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society Venues Reopening By Appointment

5 Jul , 2020  

The Delaware County Historical Society will reopen on Wednesday, July 8, after nearly four months of temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Opening will be the Cryder Historical Center including the Research Library and the Nash House Museum as well as the Meeker Homestead Museum.

In April, the Society formed a Safety Committee to develop protocols ensuring the protection of our volunteers, staff and visitors, and will follow all guidelines including frequent sanitizing of surfaces and restrooms, social distancing, and wearing facial coverings. There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the museums and library. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society Looking For Local COVID-19 Related Stories

17 May , 2020  

The Delaware County Historical Society is asking county residents to be a part of a special project created to capture COVID-19 pandemic experiences for future generations.

“The pandemic is having lasting repercussions in our own community and each person’s story adds a unique thread in recording this global event,” said DCHS Executive Director Donna Meyer. “We are looking for recollections to help us capture this moment in history.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Historical Society Board Welcomes New Members

23 Feb , 2020  

Recently two new members were welcomed to serve on the board of directors for the Delaware County Historical Society.

Ceena Dinovo Baker, a lifelong Delaware resident, was elected to serve a three-year term from 1/2020 to 12/2022. She previously served on the boards of the Delaware Community Market, People in Need, the Grady Hospital Auxiliary Board and currently serves on the board of the Delaware County District Library. She has been employed as a CPA and Senior Manager for 30 years at Maloney + Novotny LLC. More…

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History/Tourism

Vignettes To Tell Story Of The Underground Railroad In Delaware County

20 Feb , 2020  

The next public program of the Delaware County Historical Society, “Voices of the Underground Railroad,” will present a poignant look at the way that escaping slaves impacted Delaware County in the years before the Civil War.

On Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 PM, the Curriculum Support Committee of the Society will present this a series of 10 vignettes about local people who were involved in the activities of the Underground Railroad in and around Delaware County during the era prior to the Civil War. More…

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