On Thursday evening, November 6, 2014, the Williams County Historical Society held their annual dinner at the fairground museum.
Napoleon, Ohio native Michael McMaster, author and guest speaker, regaled patrons with stories from World War I and the Loyalty Trials held in Henry County around the turn of the century.
Each year, the Society hosts a dinner, open to the community, to thank those who support the preservation of local history. They also recap the year’s events to provide the public more information about what they do as a group.
From January to October, regular monthly board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 pm, in the museum. These, too, are open to the public for anyone interested in Williams County history or wanting to know more about Historical Society events.
The Historical Society’s main business hours are 1 – 4 pm, Monday through Thursday, from May to October, but out-of-season appointments, for touring the museum, can be made by calling the office.
The museum has 5 galleries, with something fresh and exciting always being displayed. Items are being changed out on a regular basis, so people can see something different on return tours.
Pam Schroeder, executive director, said, “Everything we get into the museum is donated or loaned by those who have a connection to Williams County.” Exhibition donations or loans are always welcomed.
The museum is not the only sight to see in Williams County. The Historical Society offers tours of Nettle Lake Indian Mounds, Quaker Meeting House, Stryker Depot, among others in the surrounding area.
For a small yearly fee, which helps preserve Williams County history, membership provides free entrance into the museum and group tours.
The majority of the Historical Society is made up of volunteers, and volunteers are always needed.
For more information on donating, becoming a member, volunteering for events, or arranging tours, please contact the office at 419-485-8200, or visit their website at williamscountyhistory.org.
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