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1330 Monmouth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45225
The American Sign Museum offers visitors the opportunity to experience a century of American history through the stories of signs, people, design, and technology. Guided tours are offered daily and recommended to fully experience the founder's encyclopedic knowledge of the collection. The average tour lasts about 75 minutes and explores early trade signs, electric lighted signs, neon, and plastics. After learning about how signs were constructed and displayed, you enter Main Street, designed to be reminiscent of Anytown, USA. Here signs are mounted on buildings and storefront windows become display cases for smaller pieces of the collection. The last space is dedicated to Cincinnati and often serves as the backdrop for events. A Mail Pouch Barn wall faces iconic local signs from across the city. So whether or not you remember when McDonald's burgers were 15 cents, come tack a look at one of Cincinnati's most unique museums!
Miller-Leuser Log House
6550 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244
7850 Five Mile Rd., Anderson Center, Cincinnati, OH 45230
The Miller-Leuser Log House is owned and operated by the Anderson Township Historical Society (ATHS) and is on the National Register of Historic Places and the property also has on display on site an Ohio Historic Sign. The Log House is open the first and third Sundays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm during the months of June thru October or by appointment. Free.
The first legal owner of the surrounding land was Captain Matthew Jouitt, a Virginia officer who was granted 600 acres of land for his services in the Revolutionary War. In a deed dated 2 April 1796, 440 acres were sold to Ichabod Benton Miller for 50 cents an acre, on which the Log House was built. The Log House has had several owners, the last being Lawrence and Emma Leuser (1910-1969).
In 1968 ATHS was founded in response to the community's desire to preserve and teach local history. In March 1971, through generous support, ATHS purchased the Miller-Leuser Log House and the land surrounding it from the heirs of Lawrence Leuser. The challenge to restore, maintain and furnish this building and to utilize it to the best advantage of the community remains a vital part of the ATHS commitment.
The Brick House, located on the adjoining lot, was acquired two years later in 1973. This building is used for storage, Board meetings, museum, office, genealogy library, research library and for food preparation for special events. It is open by appointment. ATHS now owns more than 10 acres with 14 historic structures. Society meetings, consisting of a historic program and refreshments, are held monthly (except January, July and August) at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township, on the first Wednesday at 7:30pm. ATHS is a non-profit Ohio corporation. Membership in ATHS offers an opportunity to be part of this vital organization. A membership application is available on the ATHS web site.
The History Room is open Sunday and Wednesday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and on Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:45pm or by appointment. Free.
Anderson Township History Room is the results of collaboration between Anderson Township and Anderson Township Historical Society to tell the story of life in Anderson Township. Included in the History Room on display is a collection of artifacts donated by residents of the Township which help to capture the past for the benefit of future generations, then and now board and a written history of the Township with pictures and maps.
416 Clark Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District in the city's West End, the Betts House was built in 1804, by a brick maker, William Betts, and is Ohio’s oldest surviving brick house. Since 1995, the Betts House has been a museum that not only teaches the history of the Betts House and Betts family, but also hosts exhibits related to architecture, historic preservation, building trades, construction technologies and building materials.
327 North 2nd Street, Hamilton, OH 45011
With a mission "to discover, collect, and preserve materials, structures and landmarks which may help to establish, illustrate and arouse interest in the historical records of Butler County," the Butler County Historical Society (BCHS) is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Butler County's rich heritage.
BCHS operates the historic Benninghofen House - a showcase of Victorian Era lifestyle including furnishings and decor appropriate for a late 19th century home. Tours of the house reveal what life was like during the height of the industrial era and also showcases many of the BCHS's prized possessions.
BCHS is also affiliated with Heritage Hall, a space for the display of rotating exhibits and the permanent location of the Robert McCloskey Collection.
2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton, OH 45067
The Friends of Chrisholm, in cooperation with Butler County Metro Parks, works to preserve, restore, and maintain the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead. Our programs and activities reflect an example of the social and economic growth of this region, focus on our agricultural heritage, and seek to demonstrate the significance of the Amish Mennonite settlement of this area.
7567 Glendale Milford Road, Camp Dennison, OH 45111
Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit volunteer women's service organization. We restored the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead and have operated it for 60 years. The house served as the gatehouse for Camp Dennison during the Civil War. The Civil War Museum was added in the late 1990s.
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Inspiring Generations to Look to the Stars
The mission of the Cincinnati Observatory Center (the Observatory) is to maintain the integrity and heritage of this historic 19th century observatory while promoting the study and practice of 21st century astronomy and science. Our vision is to be a primary resource in furthering astronomy and science education through programming:
For K-12 schools and the public on and off our campus
For universities and classes for teacher professional development
To promote the rich history of the Observatory
To strengthen our connection to allied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) organizations
468 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238
The mission of the Delhi Historical Society is to discover, collect, preserve and share artifacts, documents, materials and knowledge about the history of Delhi Township and the surrounding areas of Price Hill, Riverside, Sayler Park, Sedamsville and others, with residents in the Greater Cincinnati community and beyond through publication, programming and educational outreach.
5656 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
Built in 1842 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the historic Dinsmore Homestead houses and preserves the original belongings of five generations of one family, with links to George Washington, the Roosevelts, and the B.F. Goodrich family. The house and outbuildings are nestled in the woods of Boone County, Kentucky. The family cemetery includes graves of slaves and two Roughriders.
The Homestead is an active heritage education center, presenting programs for children and adults, in cooperation with area universities, schools, senior centers, and preservation groups. Festivals focus on life from the 1800s through 1926.
6181 Ross Road, Fairfield, OH 45014
The Fairfield Historical Society operates the Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion, an 1817 Flemish Bond brick farm house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Morgan Mansion is open for special events and by appointment.
The website provides a calendar of events, access to historic photos, links to the newsletter, and photos of recent events, including reenactments.
4764 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247
The German Heritage Museum is a 1840s two-story log house which was once the home of many generations of the Feist family in Delhi. It was disassembled and re-built in 2000 in West Fork Park in Green Township. The museum exhibits are items from immigrants that settled in the Tri-State area.
The German-American Citizens League (GACL), founded in 1895, is the umbrella organization for 32 German-American societies. The general purpose of the GACL is to coordinate, represent, and promote German-American interests and culture.
44 Village Square, Historic Glendale, OH 45246
Glendale Heritage Preservation was founded in 1974 to aid in the preservation and maintenance of the historic buildings of Glendale, Ohio. These efforts and more led to listing of the Glendale Historic District being listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1976. The following year, the district was designated a National Historic Landmark. GHP operates a museum, gift shop, and archive storage facility for the organization. As a non-profit corporation, GHP is funded by membership dues, the annual pancake breakfast fund raiser, and by occasional bequests and grants.
Changing displays at the musum are a great way to learn about local history. There is a self-guided walking tour of Historic Glendale, and fun and unique shopping at the Black Squirrel Gift Shop. Check the website for upcoming events.
1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana, OH 45053
The Governor Bebb Preserve Pioneer Village is operated by Butler County MetroParks and the Governor Bebb Preserve Pioneer Group. The village features a collection of historic log homes and buildings which have been moved from other locations in the area.
These reconstructed cabins represent a typical early 19th century American settlement found in this region. The centerpiece of the Pioneer Village is the log house birthplace and boyhood home of William Bebb, the 19th Governor of Ohio, who served the state from 1846 1848. Other structures added over the years include homestead cabins, a blacksmith shop, a tavern, a trading company and a schoolhouse.
932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140
A rural oasis just a short drive from Cincinnati, Grailville - home to The Grail in the United States - is committed to spiritual search, social transformation, ecological sustainability, and creative self-expression.
Grailville encompasses 300+ acres and is the perfect blend of mission, vision, and opportunities with a unique "flavor" all its own.
- Overnight and day meeting spaces for workshops, retreats, and celebrations
- Trails, woods, pastures, creeks, organic gardens, and outdoor labyrinth
Come to Grailville - a place to gather, nuture, listen, and grow.
2950 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is operated as an historical and cultural site, focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The site also includes a look into the family, friends, and colleagues of the Beecher-Stowe family, Lane Seminary, and the abolitionist, rights and Underground Railroad movements in which these historical figures participated in the 1830's to 1860's, as well as African-American history related to these movements.
The Stowe House offers cultural events, programming, and tours. The house and grounds are also available to groups for rental for meetings and special events. Harriet Beecher Stowe House is an Ohio Historical Society site.
The adjoining grounds are maintained by the Cincinnati Park Board.
11450 Lebanon Road (OH 42), Sharonville, OH 45241
Heritage Village Museum is a recreated 1800’s community featuring 13 historic buildings moved from locations around Southwest Ohio to save them from destruction. We are dedicated to preserving these buildings and sharing the stories of the people who lived there. We bring to life the history of our region and the people who settled it, connecting visitors with our heritage.
Our mission is to promote discovery and appreciation of Southwest Ohio’s heritage, starting with 19th century life and emphasizing its impact on our culture.
917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Lloyd Library is a private research library that is open to the public. Our holdings include books, journals, and archival materials in the subjects of botany, pharmacy, medicine, natural history, and the history of science.
401 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056
William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873) was a Miami University Faculty member in 1836 when he compiled the first McGuffey Eclectic Reader, a text which taught reading, spelling, and civic education. It went through numerous editions and was considered a standard textbook in 37 states, having sold 122 million copies by 1920. The McGuffey Museum is housed in the home that McGuffey built and lived in, and it opened to the public in 1960, shortly after Miami University purchased the property. The Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits materials relating to McGuffey's life, the McGuffey Reader, the history of Miami University, and 19th century domestic life and archictecture in southwest Ohio. Guided tours are available Thursdays through Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.
The MidPointe Library System, located at 125 S. Broad St., Middletown, OH 45044 serves the cities of Middletown, Trenton, and Monroe and the townships of West Chester, Liberty, Lemon, Madison, and Wayne.
The mission of the MidPoint Library Stytem is to 1) to build and maintain community libraries from which the community can draw, 2) to provide information and research services within an inviting atmosphere, and 3) to provide library related community services.
In this context the term "libraries" embraces a diverse collection of books, magazines, tapes, discs, and other media which may be used for the purpose of education, information, or leisure pursuits. Websites: http://www.midpointelibrary.org/ and http://www.midpointedigitalarchives.org/
6464 Okeana Drewersburg Rd., Okeana, OH 45053
The Morgan Township Historical Society is an organization which exists to collect and preserve historical records of the township. These resources will be made available to educate and promote an appreciation of the local history. Open for special events and by appointment.
The original township house, built in 1858, displays exhibits that help preserve the community's heritage.
1546 McMakin Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45231
The Mt. Healthy Historical Society grew out of the attempt of a group of people to preserve an old building, the Free Meeting House, that was about to be destroyed. Once the building was saved and restored (1962-1964), the group decided to make it into a museum and with incorporation, the group became the Mt. Healthy Historical Society.
The aim of the Society is two-fold; the collection and exhibition of articles pertaining to the history of the Mt. Healthy area and education about this history.
The Society is attempting to achieve these goals by holding "open houses" for the general public at the Museum; visitation by school classes, Scouts, etc.; presentation by members at various group meetings and churches; and the sale of tapes, DVDs, and several books about Mt. Healthy written by its members.
St. Thomas Church, 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park, OH 45174
Thursdays 1-4 p.m. - office hours
Founded in 2001, the mission of the Terrace Park Historical Society is to collect, maintain, and house the historical papers, documents, and artifacts, pertaining to the Village of Terrace Park, with the goal of fostering an understanding and appreciation for the history of the Village. The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter and hosts four general meetings a year. A bi-annual historic house tour occurs in the Fall; please check our website for more details. Terrace Park Historical Society maintains an excellent archives and is always looking to provide research access to that material or to grow the collection. Contact us for more information.
105 South Broadway, Lebanon, OH 45036
The Warren County Historical Society owns and operates three historic properties in downtown Lebanon, Ohio. The Warren County History Center and Research Library is open year round. Glendower Historic Mansion is open June through August and at Christmas. The Old Post Office is operated as the Lebanon Conference & Banquet Center. The Warren County Historical Society was founded in 1940 and became a 501 C-3 non-profit in 1965.
2038 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219
The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States. The house that Taft was born in has been restored to its original appearance. A visit to the site includes a tour of the restored birthplace and four period rooms that reflect the family life during Taft's boyhood. The home also includes second floor exhibits highlighting Taft's life and career. The Taft Education Center, located adjacent to the Birthplace, houses an orientation video, exhibits on later generations of the Taft family, and classrooms for visiting schools. The signature exhibit of the center is an animatronic figure of the President's Son, Charlie Taft. Charlie tells stories about different family members.