Blog Entries - 2018

Volunteer collage

We LOVE our volunteers

Posted on: December 29, 2018
Tags: Glendower, Volunteer, Volunteers, Museum, Harmon, Living History

The number of staff at WCHS is very few. Most of the people who work tirelessly organizing inventory, researching, acting in our Living History events and giving tours at Glendower are all volunteers. We're ever grateful to those that are kind enough to gift

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Wright Flyer

Our History: The Wright Brothers

"If birds can glide for long periods of time, then why can't I? - Orville Wright On December 17th, 1903, the Wright Brothers made history with the first powered flight at the dunes of Kitty Hawk. The flight lasted 12 seconds

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Warren County & Pottery

Warren County & Pottery

Posted on: December 14, 2018
Tags: art, art show, exibition, pottery, warren county, clay

Ohio is known around the world for its pottery made from the rich clay deposits found throughout the State.  More than 2000 years ago the prehistoric Hopewell peoples who lived in Ohio used the clay of Ohio’s earth and fashioned a variety of

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World War I - Armistice

Local History: Lebanon’s Reaction to the Armistice

Posted on: December 11, 2018
Tags: War, warren county, Armistice, WWI, Western Star, November 11, 1918

One hundred years ago today, on November 11, 1918, an armistice went into effect. It was the formal agreement to stop the fighting in what was called “The Great War,” “The war to end all wars” better known today as World War I. They didn’t know at that time that a little over 20 years later we had to start numbering such devastating conflicts.

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steps

#GivingTuesday

In the heart of historic downtown Lebanon, Harmon Museum sits on a little hill with 18 steps leading from the sidewalk to its front door. People use the Harmon Museum steps for group and high school photos, viewing parades and for, of course, enterting

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Kelly Joslin

Artist Spotlight: Kelly Joslin

Posted on: November 2, 2018
Tags: art, photography, gallery, art show, exibit, exibition, Art Exhibition

Dr. Kelly Joslin is a tenured Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Kelly began teaching Art History and Art Appreciation courses at Sinclair in 1998. She became Chair of the Art Department in 2005. Kelly

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"Dog" tags

Our History: Dog Tags

Posted on: November 1, 2018
Tags: military, dog tag, war, history, soldier

The History of “Dog” Tags The notion of identifying your personal stuff has been around for centuries. From scratches made with sticks and stones to sewing labels onto clothing. The same problem of identification came with the military. Whose

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Company E of Lebanon Ohio

Exhibit: World War I

This year, Harmon Museum opened a new World War I Exhibit. Curated by Jeanne Doan, this new exhibit is drawn from our collection and spans different media including textiles, newspaper articles, photographs, equipment and collectable objects. Jeanne focused

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Oral History: Rusty Adams (Vietnam War)

Posted on: October 27, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Vietnam War, war, history, soldier, Adams, Rusty

This is 23rd in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the recent

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Oral History: Dale Peach (Vietnam War)

Posted on: October 26, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Vietnam War, Dale, War, Soldier, History, Peach

This is 22nd in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the recent

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Oral History: Colonel Blevins (Afghanistan)

Posted on: October 25, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Afghanistan, history, soldier, War, Colonel, Blevins

This is 20th in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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Oral History: Dale Ford (Desert Storm)

Posted on: October 25, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Desert Storm, war, history, soldier, Dale, Ford

This is 21st in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the recent

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Oral History: Julie Meintel (Desert Strom)

Posted on: September 19, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Video, Julie Meintel, Zach Lykins, Desert Storm, Afghanistan

Julie Meintel (Desert Strom) recounts her time in the service.

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Oral History: Frank Huffman, Mark Rizzo and John Tonkin Video

Posted on: September 19, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Cold War, John Tonkin, Korean War, Frank Huffman, Vietnam War, Mark Rizzo

Watch as we interview Frank Huffman (Korean War), Mark Rizzo (Vietnam) and John Tonkin (Cold War) and get their personal accounts of their military time during the Cold, Korean and Vietnam War.

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Oral History: Richard (Dick) Tracy (WWII)

Posted on: September 14, 2018
Tags: WWII, Oral History, Dick Tracy, Video, military, war, soldier, Richard, Tracy, World War 2, combat

This is the tenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the recent

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Charley Harper

Art Exhibition: Charley Harper

The Warren County Historical Society is delighted to open The Magical World of Charley Harper, an art exhibition held at Harmon Museum. A free opening reception will be held on September 7th from 6:30-8:30pm and the exhibition will remain up until the

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Edwin Pellett

Oral History: Edwin Pellett (WWII)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: WWII, Oral History, Edwin Pellett

This is the fourth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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George Roth

Oral History: George Roth (WWII)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: WWII, Oral History, George Roth

This is the fifth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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Oral History: Howard Watrous (WWII)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: WWII, Oral History, Howard Watrous

This is the sixth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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James Duvall

Oral History: James Duvall (WWII)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: WWII, James Duvall

This is the seventh in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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Jim Corbett and his son

Oral History: Jim Corbett (WWII)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: WWII, Jim Corbett

This is the eighth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to

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Oral History: Paul Rodenbeck (WWII)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: WWII, Paul Rodenbeck

This is the ninth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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Oral History: Victor Carman (WWII)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: WWII, Victor Carman

This is the eleventh in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to

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Dennis Waymire

Oral History: William Dennis Waymire (Cold War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Cold War, Dennis Waymire

This is the twelfth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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John Tonkin

Oral History: John Tonkin (Cold War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Cold War, John Tonkin

This is the thirteenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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Oral History: Donald F.W. Merlin (Cold War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Cold War, Donald Merlin

This is the fourteenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to

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Oral History: Bob Pownall (Korean - Cold War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Cold War, Bob Pownall's, Korean War

This is the fifthteenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from

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Oral History: Frank Huffman (Korean War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Korean War, Frank Huffman

This is the sixteenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to

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Don O'Rourke

Oral History: Don O'Rourke (Vietnam - Cold War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Cold War, Don O'Rourke, Vietnam War

This is the seventeenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to

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Oral History: Bill Hatfield (Vietnam War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Vietnam War, Bill Hatfield

This is the eighteenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to

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Oral History: Bob Cox (Post - Vietnam War)

Posted on: August 8, 2018
Tags: Oral History, Post - Vietnam War, Bill Cox

This is the nineteenth in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to

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Don Lycan

Oral History: Don Lycan (WWII)

Posted on: June 7, 2018
Tags: WWII, Oral History, Don Lycan

This is the third in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the recent

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Don Ennis

Oral History: Don Ennis (WWII)

Posted on: May 30, 2018
Tags: WWII, Oral History, Don Ennis

This is the second in a series of oral histories. To summarise for those who haven't read the first blog post; We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the

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Arley Jett

Oral History: Arley Jett (WWII)

Posted on: May 17, 2018
Tags: WWII, Arley Jett, Oral History

This is the first in a series of oral histories. We will be exploring the many stories of service men and women and the experiences they've had at war. The stories will range from WWII to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To explore the experiences of

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Staffordshire Wesley Pulpit Mantel Decoration

John and Charles Wesley and the Evangelical Revival in England

Posted on: May 12, 2018
Tags: Glendower,, Wesley, Evangelical Revival, Methodists

All Wesleyan and Methodist Christians are connected to the lives and ministries of John Wesley (1703-1791) and his brother, Charles (1707-1788). Both John and Charles were Church of England priests who volunteered as missionaries to the colony of Georgia,

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Harmon Museum

Posted on: April 21, 2018

Check out this video of Harmon Museum.

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Thomas Best Clock and Portrait

Local History: Thomas Best

Posted on: April 14, 2018
Tags: Clock, Thomas Best, Clock Maker

Thomas Best, Jr. was a silversmith, jeweler and clock works maker. He and his wife, Margaret Manley Best migrated to Lebanon from Cincinnati sometime before 1808. Thomas was the son of Thomas Best, Sr. a noted early Cincinnati silversmith. Advertisements in

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Col. Lewis Drake

Local History: Col. Drake

Posted on: April 14, 2018
Tags: Col. Drake

Another "dusty old thing" from the 25 items we are showcasing at the Harmon Museum. This is Colonel Lewis Drake, an early pioneer to Warren County who came from Pennsylvania on horseback with his first wife. Legend has it he participated in a shooting contest

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Tiffany Silver

Local History: Thomas Corwin

Posted on: April 14, 2018
Tags: Tiffany Silver, Thomas Corwin, Mexican War, California

If you don’t count Woody Harrelson or Neil Armstrong, Lebanon's most famous citizen to date would be Thomas Corwin.  When he was about four years old Thomas' father, Matthias Corwin, moved his family from Kentucky to Warren County purchasing

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Durbin Ward Pistols

Local History: Durbin Ward

Posted on: April 12, 2018
Tags: Durbin Ward, Civil War, Pistols, Glendower

These are Brigadier General Durbin Ward's pistols which he carried during the Civil War. Durbin Ward was a law partner of Thomas Corwin. He was also a Democrat and a state's rights advocate. Everybody thought he would sit out the Civil War; Democrats were all

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Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities for April

Posted on: March 28, 2018

April’s going to be a busy month at Harmon Museum.  We have a good time hosting all kinds of events and are always looking for volunteers to join the fun.  Call the office at 513-932-1817 or email us at wchs@wchsmuseum.org to volunteer

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Glacial Rock

The Rock of Rock School

Posted on: March 9, 2018
Tags: glacier, rock, school

The rock on the grounds of Rock School in Warren County, Ohio is a glacial erratic rock that was deposited in Warren County when the glacier receeded.  The rock is a metamorphic rock (a rock that went through changes to become a different kind of rock)

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