Past Programs and Events

The Society presents programs throughout the year. We do this in support of our mission to “promote and sustain interest in the history of Delaware County”. Unless noted otherwise, programs are open to the Delaware County community and the general public.   We invite you to review the programs and events that we have presented in the past years.

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Perspectives on Rutherford B. Hayes and the Compromise of 1877 – Panel Discussion

Moderated by Bill Rietz

Tuesday, January 12 at 7pm Online More Info

The History of the Lucy Depp Settlement Historic Community, the first Black-Owned farm in Delaware County and part of the Underground Railroad

Presented by the Abraham Depp readers from the Lucy Depp Civic Association
Thursday, February 18 at 7pm   Online  More Info


Cultural Communities: Early Delaware County Settlers and American Indians, 1770-1850

Presented by Volunteers of the Delaware County Historical Society
Thursday, March 25 at 7pm  Recorded program – Online  More Info

This program is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC).


History of the Columbus Zoo

Presented by Michael Kreger, Vice President of Conservation at the Columbus Zoo

Thursday, April 15 at 7pm  Online More Info


*Stories of a Community: Historic Tour of Delaware’s Second Ward

Presented by Watson Walker, Sr., Society Volunteer

May 1(Sat) & 2(Sun)  Postponed at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm  Van Tour More Info


That’s Entertainment: Opera Houses in the City of Delaware

Presented by Benny Shoults, Society Volunteer

Wednesday, August 18 at 7pm


* Young and Old Rutherford B. Hayes Walking Tour

Reenacted by Devon Hardwick and Bill Rietz, Society Volunteers

Sunday, October 3 at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4 pm


Ghost Towns and Stories in Delaware County

Presented by Rick Helwig, Director – Center for Ghost Town Research in Ohio

Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm


Delaware County Historical Society Annual Meeting:  Frank Packard Homes in Delaware               

Presented by Barb Powers, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, and Architectural Historian at the Ohio History Connection

Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm


Holiday Open House – Location to be announced

Saturday, December 4 – 2pm to 5pm and Sunday, December 5 – 2pm to 5:30pm

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Delaware County’s Last Covered Bridge – Presented by David Simmons, Pres. Ohio Historic Bridge Assoc.
Wednesday, January 15, at 7pm at the Barn at Stratford More Info

Hidden Communities – African Americans in Ohio – Presented by Dr. Ric Sheffield from Kenyon College
Wednesday, February 19, at 7pm at the Barn at Stratford More Info

Underground Railroad Readers Theater – Presented by Volunteers of the Delaware County Historical Society
Sunday, March 1 at 1:30pm at the Barn at Stratford More Info

History of the Columbus Zoo – Presented by Shelia Campbell
Wednesday, March 18, Postponed at 7pm at the Barn at Stratford More Info

Methodist Theological School – Founding and History – Presented by Benjamin Hall, Jeff Jaynes, and Diane Lobody
Wednesday, April 15, Postponed at 7pm at the Methodist Theological School

Route 36: Ohio to Colorado – America’s Heartland Highway – Presented by Author Allan McAllister Ferguson
Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm Online Zoom /Facebook More Info

Archaeology in the Olentangy River Valley/Stratford Area – Presented by Dr. Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
Wednesday, June 17, at 7pm Online Zoom/Facebook More Info

Remember the Ladies – 1850’s Women’s Rights Convention in Salem Ohio Presented by Cathy Nelson, in partnership with the Delaware County League of Women Voters
Wednesday, August 26, at 7pm Online Zoom /Facebook More Info

*Oak Grove Cemetery Walk – reenactors will portray notable county residents who were buried there
Sunday, October 11, at 1pm  More Info SOLD OUT!

“UnBanquet in the Barn” – a “Fun” raising event with Jammie Contest, Auctions, and virtual history.
Friday, November 6, at 7pm Online Zoom /Facebook More Info

Delaware County Historical Society Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, at 7pm at Online Zoom Tickets

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  • American Indians, Then and Now – Stacey Halfmoon, Director of American Indian Relations, Ohio History Connection
    Thursday, January 17, at 7pm – at William Street United Methodist Church – More Information
  • Voices from the Underground Railroad – Presented by the DCHS Curriculum Support Committee
    Wednesday, February 13, at 7pm – at William Street United Methodist Church – More InformationReserve Seats
  • Volunteer Orientation
    Saturday, March 9, at 10am – at Cryder Research Library
  • Fighting for Freedom: the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War – Anthony Gibbs, Local History Manager, Ohio History Connection and Traveling Artist
    Thursday, March 21, at 7pm at William Street United Methodist Church – More InformationReserve Seats
  • Volunteer Recognition Event
    Wednesday, April 10, at 7pm – the Barn at Stratford
  • Curry School, 1890s private school in Delaware
    Thursday, April 18, at 7pm – the Barn at Stratford – More InformationReserve Seats
  • World Wide Games – history of this well-known Delaware firm making wooden games   Steve Schmitt, DCHS researcher
    Thursday, May 16, at 7pm – the Barn at Stratford – More InformationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Willow Brook Christian Communities
  • Delaware Arts Festival – visit our booth
    Saturday/Sunday May 18 – 19 – Downtown Delaware
  • His Story, Her Story, Your Story – History Camp Exploring History Through Cemeteries – DCHS Curriculum Support Team
    Mon-Thur, June 3 – 6,  Daily 9 am -3pm – More Information
    Sponsored by Rotary Foundation of Delaware County
  • Frederick Douglass – Reenacted by Tracey Sumner Sr.
    Thursday, June 20 at 7pm at William Street United Methodist Church – More InformationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Hilborn Insurance
  • Boomerang History  – Delaware Connection and Demonstration by Chet Snouffer
    Sunday, July 14, at 6pm on the Meeker lawn at the Barn at Stratford –More InformationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan
  • Adventures in Archaeology – History camp for students
    Mon-Fri, July 29 – August 2, Daily 9am – 4pm, More Information
  • *Tour of Stratford Community and Church
    Sunday, August 11, from 2 to 5pm. Parking & Tour Shuttle Start at the Barn at Stratford – More InformationPurchase Tickets
    Sponsored by Dave Kerr, Architect
  • Little Brown Jug Memories – by the LBJ Oral History Project
    Thursday, September 12, at 7 pm at the Barn at Stratford  – More InformationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by SourcePoint, Willow Brook Christian Communities, Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan, All-Win Stables and All-Win Electric LLC
  • Delaware County Fair – visit our booth
    September 14 – 21st – Delaware County Fairgrounds – Merchant Bldg
  • *Oak Grove Cemetery Walk – reenactors will portray notable county residents buried there
    Sunday, October 13, at 1 pm – More InformationPurchase Tickets
  • Old Jail Tour at the historic Delaware County Jail – Brent Carson and Dave Hejmanowski – Guided tours of our iconic historic jail facility that housed prisoners from 1878 to 1988.
    Saturday, October 26 from 2 – 4pm – 20 West Central Ave, Delaware – More InformationReserve Tour Place
  • Delaware County Historical Society Annual Meeting – Tom Burns, re-enacting Hiram Perkins, (OWU Perkins Observatory)
    Wednesday, November 13, at 7pm at the Barn at Stratford – More InformationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Manos, Martin & Pergram Co., LPA
  • Nash House Holiday Open House
    Saturday, December 7, 2-5pm and Sunday, December 8, 3:30-5:30pm
    Located at 157 East William Street, this beautiful 1878 Victorian house will be festively decorated for the holiday season. Refreshments will be served.   More Information

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  • Famous Firsts in History – Steve Bemiller
    Everyday objects – Date first used
    Thursday, January 18 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more information
  • Delaware Home on Underground Railroad
    Wednesday, February 7 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more information
  • 2018 Opening of Meeker Homestead Museum
    Sunday, March 4 from 2 – 5pm – Meeker Homestead Museum – more information
  • Earthworks & American Indians in Central Ohio – Brad Lepper, Ohio History Connection
    Wednesday, March 14 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationReserve Seats
    This program is made possible in part by  Ohio Humanities - Program Sponsor - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio The Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Sports Venues in Delaware County – Brent Carson
    Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationReserve Seats
  • Notable Women from Delaware County
    Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Manos, Martin & Pergram Co., LPA
  • Railroads in Delaware County – Jack Hilborn
    Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Hilborn Insurance and Willow Brook Christian Communities
  • *Mark Twain at The Barn at Stratford – Ken Burnett
    Sunday, July 8 at 2pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationPurchase Tickets
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children
    Sponsored by Arena Fair Theatre, Delaware Gazette, Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan, and Delaware County Historical Society
  • Floods in Delaware County – Brent Carson
    Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan
  • Historic Preservation – the Power of Place – Barbara Powers
    Tuesday, August 7 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more information –  Reserve Seats
    Special presentation by the administrator of the National Register of Historic Places program in Ohio. Barbara also manages the Ohio Historic inventory, and Ohio Archaeological inventory Programs for Ohio History Connection.
  • *A Walk Down East Winter Street – Benny Shoults, Brent Carson
    Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm – more informationPurchase Tickets
    Tickets are $10 for adult members/$15 for non-members —$5 for children ages 6 to 17
  • Band at The Barn – Delaware Community Concert Band
    Thursday, August 16 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford
    Bring lawn chairs and your own refreshments – more information
  • History of Rail Transportation in Delaware County – Fair Booth Exhibit
    Rare photographs of trains, railroad people, and disasters, route maps and artifacts.
    September 15th – 22nd – Delaware County Fair – more information
  • *Oak Grove Cemetery Walk
    Reenactors will portray notable Delaware County residents who were buried there
    Sunday, October 7 at 2pm – more informationPurchase Tickets
    Tickets are $10 for adult members/$15 for non-members $5 for children ages 6 to 17
  • The Spanish Flu Epidemic and Early 20th Century Medicine in Delaware – Dr. Alice Frazier
    Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationReserve Seats
    Sponsored by Willow Brook Christian Communities and Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan
  • Old Jail at the historic Delaware County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail – Jan Fleischmann and Dave Hejmanowski
    Guided tours of our iconic historic jail facility that housed prisoners from 1878 to 1988.
    Sunday, October 21 from 2 – 4pm – 20 West Central Ave, Delaware – more informationReserve Places
  • Delaware County Historical Society Annual Meeting – R.B.Hayes in the Civil War – Christie M. Weininger
    Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm – The Barn at Stratford – more informationReserve Seats
  • Nash House Holiday Open House
    This beautiful 1878 Victorian house will be festively decorated for the holiday season. Refreshments will be served.
    Saturday, Dec 1 from 2 – 5pm and Sunday Dec 2 from 3:30 – 5:30pm (following the Holiday Parade)
    Located at 157 East William St.

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  • Ice Cream Sodas, Juke Boxes, and Carhops: A walk down memory lane – Brent Carson
    A survey of early restaurants and ice cream shops in Delaware County will be presented.
    Thursday, January 19 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • William Cratty and the Underground Railroad in Delaware County
    Excerpts from our Underground Railroad program.
    Thursday, February 2 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • The Blizzard of ’78 – Brent Carson
    In 2018, it will be 40 years since the Blizzard of the Century. This will be an opportunity to view photos and reports from 1978 and share memories of the storm.
    Thursday, March 2 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • Volunteer Fair
    The Delaware County Historical Society will be holding its 2017 Volunteer Fair. With so many exciting endeavors underway, Volunteers are needed more than ever!
    Thursday, March 23rd 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • A Conversation with Abe Lincoln
    Reenactor John Cooper will reminisce about the Civil War, politics, and life during the 1800s
    Thursday, April 6 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • The Delaware Chair Company
    Learn the history of the company. Steve Bemiller, antiques expert, will discuss the characteristics of the chairs and end with some information on the value of the chairs.
    Thursday, May 18 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • Letters to the Editor – Tamsen Dalrymple
    Letters from a WWII European theater soldier to the editor of a small town Ohio newspaper.
    Thursday, June 15 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • Family Photos Old and New – Dave Nungesser –Program Sponsor - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio
    How to identify and preserve old photos, tintypes, daguerreotypes, cabinet cards as well as modern film, slides, and digital snapshots
    Thursday, July 27 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • Stroll down Sandusky Street – Benny Shoults and Roger Koch – Program Sponsor - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio
    A tour of the history and architecture of buildings on Sandusky Street.
    Wednesday, August 9 7PM – Delaware County Courthouse, 91 N. Sandusky Street – More Information
  • “Who owned my house?” House Research 101 – Susan Logan
    Thursday, August 10 7PM – Cryder Historical Center
  • Resurrecting Rutherford B. Hayes – Author Eric Ebinger
    Wednesday, October 4 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information
  • Oakgrove Cemetery Walk – Impersonations by reenactors
    Sunday, October 8 2PM (Rain Date Oct 15th) – Oakgrove Cemetery – More Information
  • Delaware County Historical Society Annual Meeting – Delaware County during World War I
    Wednesday, November 8 7PM – The Barn at Stratford – More Information

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