Clinton County Historical Society Welcome



A History of Weather & Observations in Clinton County

Ashley Novak

         7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
At the History Center, corner of Locust and Lincoln, Wilmington

Ashley Novak, meteorologist and forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, will explore the history of weather and observations in Clinton County.  Weather affects us every day and plays an important role in the history of Clinton County.  Weather observers submit a daily report and it is this record that helps forecasters at the National Weather Service have a better understanding of what has occurred and the historical perspective of different events.  These records become part of the climate history of the United States. The weather is always changing and many significant weather events have occurred in Clinton County over the years.  Ashley will highlight some of these events and present some climate statistics for Clinton County.
This event is presented to the community at no charge and will take place at the Clinton County History Center, 149 E. Locust Street in Wilmington.  Donations appreciated.



When the Ladies of Clinton County Marched

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

at the Clinton County History Center

admission $5 members, $7 non-members

Women praying at Dead Fall Saloon, New Vienna

The Temperance Crusade had its beginnings on Monday, December 15, 1873 in the Small New York town of Fredonia.  At 12:30 p.m. a group of 100 women marched to the saloon in the Taylor House Hotel and asked the proprietors to immediately stop the sale of intoxicating liquors.

The Crusade would be repeated in 900 communities.  Wilmington was the fourth community in the United States and the third in Ohio where the women marched for Temperance.

Join us to learn about the Temperance Crusade in Clinton County.  Hear the names of Clinton County women who marched, their route from Main Street to South Street, the druggists who signed pledges against liquor sales, and the local saloons that they entered and prayed in.  Learn about the conversion of New Vienna “Dead Fall” saloon keeper, John Calvin VanPelt (the wickedest man in Ohio), his life on the temperance lecture circuit, and his life after the crusade.



Carriage House Sale

1912 Storm Queen Buggy


Saturday, August 29, 2015
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Antiques, Vintage and Collectible Items
to benefit the Clinton County Historical Society





Thobaben to Speak at History Center

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00pm

at the Clinton County History Center
corner of Lincoln and Locust, Wilmington

Bob Thobaben, Master Bird Bander and President of the Ohio Bird Banding Association, will present a program about the identification of feathers, the effect of the early millinery trade on birds, and the preservation laws that saved many birds from extinction.

Mr. Thobaben recently donated his time and expertise to identify the plumage on the hats in Center’s new exhibit, Furs & Feathers: A Culture of Fashion. He is a retired biology and chemistry teacher, with 33 years in the public school.  He was an adjunct instructor at Wright State for 11 years and Wilmington College for 2 years. 


Arts & Artisans
November 15, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Clinton County History Center invites you to attend “Arts & Artisans.”  At this fund raising event you will be able to view and purchase original art and fine crafts by nineteen area artists and craftspeople.  As you peruse the works of art, you can enjoy wine, sparkling juice, and appetizers.

Arts & Artisans collage

A donation of $20 per person is requested. All donations and a portion of all sales will be used to continue the preservation of our history and heritage.

The following artisans will have works on display and for purchase:  Elaine Balsley, Patricia Dobbins, Beverly Drapalik, Deb Edgington, Cindy Green, Kathy Hickman, Jeff Hollon, Debbie Hook, Susan Hunt, Ron Keith, Sue Lamke, Dennis Lantis, Julie Mason, Ralph McKee, Patti Ruegsegegger, Karen Storer, Carol Tedrick, Mary Beth Thorngren, and Maggie Vance.  Artwork includes paintings, prints, intarsia, turned wood, jewelry, hand woven goods and apparel, photography, Christmas ornaments and much more. For reservations or more information call (937) 382-4684 or email



Saturday, July 26th, 2014
10 am to 4 pm

At the History Center, at the corner of Lincoln & Locust, Wilmington

School Days at the History Center

Admission $5, children 13 and under $3, Family maximum charge $15

Special School exhibits, photos, artifacts and memorabilia on display

Special School Remembrance Programs
10:30 - Blanchester
11:30 - Martinsville
12:30 - Adams & Vernon Township
1:30 - Port William
2:30 - Jefferson
3:15 - Kingman

One Room School - Experience School 150 Years Ago! - for Children and Adults
Classes will begin at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00

Historical Games for Children

Complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day by the George Clinton Chapter of the DAR


Photo Preservation


Photograph Preservation Program

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.

at the History Center

This program is designed for anyone who has photographs that they want to preserve for the future.  Participants will learn preservation strategies for different kinds of photographic materials including prints, negatives, slides and film.  We will also cover the basics of digital photography storage and archival, and discuss digital formats and storage technologies.  You will see how photographs are cared for in the museum and how you can translate the practices for cost effective use at home.

There will be a variety of photographic and preservation materials on display and participants will receive additional resources including a list of suppliers for archival materials. Participants should come away with the information needed to develop a preservation plan for their photographs, whether traditional paper based or digital.

The cost of this workshop is $3 for Historical society members and $5 for non-members.  “Preservation of Photographs” will take place at the Clinton County History Center, 149 E. Locust Street in Wilmington.   Due to limited seating reservations are requested—(937) 382-4684 or e-mail.