Sauder Village Receives History Outreach Award

Sauder Village_OHLA_award WEBArchbold, OH – Sauder Village was recently selected to receive a “History Outreach Award” from the Ohio Local History Alliance (OHLA). The award was presented to Sauder Village for their Grist Mill Renovation project and the new grain exhibit, “Grain: From Field to Flour” that opened this season.

The award of Outstanding Achievement was presented to Sauder Village by Maggie Marconi, OHLA President, at the association’s Annual Meeting on October 4, 2014 in Worthington, Ohio. Kris Jemmott, Director of Historic Village Operations, and Tracie Evans, Curator of Collections, were present to receive this award.

“It is a tremendous honor for our living-history organization to receive the History Outreach Award from OHLA,” shared Kris Jemmott. “We have had great feedback from our guests this season regarding the Grist Mill Renovation and Grain Exhibit, and it is a great compliment to have our hard work acknowledged by our peers in the history industry as well.”

The renovated Grist Mill and Grain Exhibit both opened early in the 2014 season. The Grist Mill renovation included updates to the exterior of the building as well as the rearrangement of interior furnishings and new displays to help share the important stories associated with the mill. Located in the lobby of the Museum Building, the “Grain: From Field to Flour” Exhibit presents an in-depth look at grains while offering some hands-on learning as well. The Grain Exhibit will remain on display through the 2015 season. Thanks to the support of the Ohio Humanities Council, an agriculture lecture series was also held this season to commemorate the opening of the Grist Mill and Grain Exhibit.

Since its founding in 1960, the Ohio Local History Alliance has worked closely with the Ohio Historical Society (OHS). Both organizations share a common goal to encourage the preservation and the presentation of Ohio’s heritage. Although separate organizations, they are joined by this common purpose and by the belief that through collaboration the two groups can be effective in meeting their goals. The staff of the OHS Local History Office administers and coordinates all OHLA programs. The OHLA, through its twenty-three person board of trustees, provides direction and oversight for those programs and also serves as the nucleus of a network of organizations and individuals interested in all aspects of community history in Ohio. For more information about OHLA visit

While Sauder Village closes for the regular season at the end of October, there are special programs, retreats and educational classes offered year round. Holiday Lantern Tours will be held at Sauder Village on November 30 and December 6, 7, 13 and 14 – by reservation only. Call Sauder Village at 800.590.9755 or visit for more information and to make a reservation for the Holiday Lantern Tours.

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