Clinton County Historical Society Welcome

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau of the Clinton County History Center has speakers available to present to your club or organization.  Presentations are approximately 30 to 40 minutes with time for discussion.  Cost for in-county groups is $30.  For out-of- town groups, please contact the Center at 938 382-4684 or

One Hundred Years of Glassware
Vicki Wilson

Reminisce as we unwrap glassware that spans 100 years of American history, from the intricate pressed glass of the late 1800s through the pinks and greens of Depression glass to the highly collectible glassware of the 1960s and 70s. You'll remember Grandma's bread plate and relish dishes, Aunt Rose's "elegant" etched lemon server and butter dish, and perhaps your own Fostoria, bought as wedding presents from Miller Turner, Hiatt Jewelers, Rikes, or Shillitos.

Additional information can include the evolution of glassware to adjust to changes in social expectations as well as scams to avoid when buying antique glass.  This presentation is approximately 30 minutes.  Participants are welcome to bring pieces from their own collections to look up in the presenter's many books on glassware.

Hanky Panky:  The History of the Handkerchief
Kay Fisher

This presentation traces the history of the handkerchief from the Chou Dynasty, through the court of King Louis XV, through Empress Josephine, to modern day.    We will trace the use of hankies at weddings, as stage props, and as the conduit of silent parlor conversations.   Bring your special hankie and share your hanky history.

The German POW Camp in Wilmington, Ohio
Kay Fisher

From July 23 to October 13, 1945, Wilmington was the site of a Satellite POW Camp for 250 German Prisoners of War.  With so many men serving their country, Wilmington and the surrounding communities were experiencing a seasonal agricultural labor emergency.    High priorities were the need for workers in the canneries and to detassel hybrid seed corn.  With photographs and facts, this presentation tells the story of German POWs, and their impact upon our community.