The Delaware County Historical Society
Celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2017
As part of that celebration, we are compiling information and images from the Society’s history. This will be an ongoing effort adding new images, videos, and documents to this section of our website.
We are pleased to present A Timeline of DCHS Milestones .
1947 – Delaware County Historical Society is incorporated
Delaware County Historical Society is incorporated by the Ohio Secretary of State, with Wilbur Main as its first president.
1954 – Pauline Nash donates her home to DCHS
1955 – Delaware County Historical Museum (Nash House) opens
Delaware County Historical Museum opens; today known as the Nash House Museum
1971 – Historical Society builds Museum Annex
Museum Annex is built for $26,000; opens October 1971 with displays and meeting space.
1996 – Society receives Mendenhall Property Searching Tool
Society accepts donation of the Mendenhall “Property Searching Tool”. Since 1997 visitors have been using this card index of property deed transactions to research ownership information about their homes and land. Mr. Mendenhall was a title agent who abstracted deeds covering most of the nineenth century. The photo shows Curator Marilyn Cryder and President Sharlene Shoaf with the Mendenhall files
2010 – Tom & Carolyn Porter gift Meeker Property to Society
2011 – William Street campus renamed Cryder Historical Center
George and Marilyn Cryder were known as “living encyclopedias” and local historians before they died.
On March 26, the Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) campus at 157 E. William St. became the Cryder Historical Center.
“They were certainly important to the Historical Society and this county in terms of preserving the history,” said DCHS president Brent Carson, shown with Sandra Cryder holding the dedication plaque.
2016 – The Barn at Stratford opens as event venue
The Barn at Stratford, formerly the home of Garth’s Auctions and known as the Garth Oberlander Barn opened as an Event Venue to offer this historic building to the community and the provide funding for the building’s restoration and maintenance. The Barn at Stratford opened with a weekend of open houses with food and entertainment to welcome the public to this new facility. The opening is the result of the Porter’s generous gift to the Delaware County Historical Society and great efforts by the Society’s volunteers and Connie Hoffman. Connie was the Project Manager for the Barn Event Venue Project and has accepted the job of Barn Event Venue Manager. The Barn at Stratford is ready to host both public and private events including Barn Weddings, Business Meetings, Exhibits and Peformances, as well as celebrations of all sorts (Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Graduation, Engagement, and more).
2016 – Meeker Homestead Museum opens to the public
Meeker Homestead Museum opens to the public on Sunday afternoon tours. The first temporary exhibit was political memorabilia, and ran from Labor Day until Election Day.
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