History Buffs Rejoice


In the coming year, the Shelby County Historical Society will share a number of “Journey Stories” about the Intrepid Women of Shelby County who made a lasting and certain impression on history. Journey Stories will be shared through a series of programs and an exhibit at the Ross Historical Center in Sidney, Ohio. The opening of the exhibit is scheduled for April 28, 2016 at 7 p.m.  Following remarks by local historian Rich Wallace, visitors can tour the “Guided By Courage” exhibit.  In his program Wallace will tell how a select group of women with ties to Shelby County broke down barriers and left their forever mark on the world.

On June 16, 2016 the Historical Society will visit Graceland Cemetery in Sidney to present Journey Stories about the Intrepid Women who lie in rest there. This “living” history will introduce those attending to some of the more notable “residents” at the cemetery as you (and they) wander the grounds. The program begins at 8 p.m.

Join the Shelby County Historical Society on June 19th from 2-5 p.m. for an old fashioned ice cream social as the Historic Shelby County Court House makes its debut following a $5.2 million renovation.  Court House tours, live music, living history characters, and lots more will be on hand for all to enjoy.

A Lady’s Tea will be hosted on June 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. by Ida Haslup Goode (1858- 1958) who will share her Journey Story, “Guided by Faith”.  Mrs. Goode will tell how her spirituality led her to give up a career to become a wife, mother, and equal education advocate for women. Married to industrialist W.H.C. Goode, Ida committed most of her life to community service —locally, statewide and nationally. Her dedication to Christian principles, the Methodist Church in the United States, and a pursuit of excellence in education was never ending. The tea will be held at the Ross Historical Center.

On July 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. the Historical Society will lead an Open Door Tour of the historic churches in downtown Sidney. This walking tour will review the history of downtown churches still standing and those too that are today only a memory.  Those interested in both architecture and history will be inspired by this tour.

International attorney Catherine Vernon will return to her home town of Sidney on August 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. to share her Journey Story, “Guided by Leadership”.  Vernon will discuss how she and local women like her have broken down barriers into careers and other pursuits once dominated by men. The program will be held at the Ross Historical Center.

The Temperance Lodge in Sidney will host a Living History, “Morality vs Jobs: The Alcohol Wars in Sidney” on August 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. Here you will hear how bold and intrepid Christian women made a stand to fight the evils of alcohol and won their battle to eradicate its use during the Prohibition Era of 1920-1933.

Likely the pinnacle of the 2016 programming year for the Shelby County Historical Society will be a Civil War Reenactment on the weekend of September 17 & 18, 2016. Situated on 220 acres of wooded terrain, Tawawa Park in Sidney is an ideal location to present this living history of the Civil War. Expected to participate are 200-300 reenactors representing the Union and Confederate armies along with a large contingent of civilians.  Military and civilian encampments, battle scenes, musket and cannon fire will portray the Civil War as it actually was in the mid 1800s.  For more information, visit www.ShelbyCountyHistory.org.

The Society’s annual and always popular Ghost Tour will be presented on October 12 & 13, 2016. Four ghostly encounter tours will be offered each night beginning at 6 p.m. This event sells out quickly every year so those interested in participating are encouraged to get their tickets early.

To round out this incredible year of programming, the Ross Historical Center will be all dressed up for the holiday season and poised to welcome you to Christmas of Yesteryear on December 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Children of all ages will enjoy chestnuts roasted over an open fire, creating Christmas crafts, an antique train display, and wood carving demonstrations. Santa will be on hand as well for Christmas list sharing and picture taking.

Now is the ideal time to plan your visit to Sidney.  Everything you need to get started can be found at www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.   While there, be sure to check out the 7 carefully prepared day-trip itineraries or build your own weekend visit from a list of more than 70 family friendly area attractions and points of interest.  Sidney, Ohio… They’re waiting for you.