Blog Entries - 2019

Vacaleris Vacation

Artist John Vakaleris donates work to be sold

Internationally recognized artist, John Vakaleris, recently wrapped a month long show of his work, that was on display in the Mote Gallery, at Harmon Museum. To show his appreciation, the artist has donated his work, Vakaleris Vacation, to Harmon Museum,

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Summer Solstice image

International History: Summer Solstice

Posted on: June 21, 2019
Tags: history, druid, international history, solstice, summer, nature, Stonehenge

This morning (June 21st), the sun rose on summer and the longest day of the year. Solstice is Latin for "sun standing still," which references the sun's placement in the sky, in this case, at it's highest point of the year. This day has been

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Harmon Museum: Harmon Bear

Posted on: June 15, 2019
Tags: Harmon Museum, Teddy Bear, Harmon Bear, tour

We have a new mascot here at the Warren County Historical Society and his name is Harmon Bear! This adorable little guy is quite clever for having a head full of fluff! Keep up with Harmon's adventures around Harmon Museum and Glendower Mansion on

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Oral History: Zach Lykins (Afghanistan)

Posted on: June 15, 2019
Tags: Oral History, Afghanistan, military, war, battle, Marines

In continuing with the family tradition, Zach Lykins joined the Armed Forces. He chose the Marine Corps and was immediatly sent to Afghanistan right out of high school. Listen to his oral history in the interview below.

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Textile Ladies

Exhibit: Brides of Yesteryear

Posted on: June 13, 2019
Tags: lunch and learn, exhibit, bridal, wedding

Harmon Museum's newest exhibit, "Brides of Yesteryear", is now open.  Featured are more than 25 wedding gowns worn by Warren County brides between 1870 and 1970.  This retrospective of wedding fashions includes photos of the brides wearing the gowns on their wedding day, along with information about the fabric and embellishments used to construct the dresses.

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Golden Lamb

Local History: The Golden Lamb

Posted on: June 11, 2019
Tags: history, Ohio, Lebanon, local, Golden Lamb, Mainstreet

Jonas Seaman traveled from New Jersey to the Ohio Country and bought a $4 license to operate a “house of Public Entertainment” on Broadway in the newly-founded village of Lebanon in 1803. He probably never have imagined that more than

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Frank Lloyd Wright quote landscape

Artist Spotlight: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted on: June 8, 2019
Tags: Bio, architect, Frank Lloyd Wright

Today (June 8th) in 1867, American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, Frank Lloyd Wright was born. Even while his mother carried him, she believed he would become an architect. Little did she know, he would go on to

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kneeling for fallen soldiers

International History: D-Day

Posted on: June 6, 2019
Tags: WWII, war, soldier, World War 2, battle

"On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France... More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice

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Beth Gully

Artist Spotlight: Beth Gully

Posted on: June 4, 2019

Beth Gully began creating upside-down images when she accidentally dropped a doodle on the floor. When she picked it up, she saw, amazingly, another image. Upon additional sketching she created her first ambigram. (An image that can be inverted to become

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John Zimkus

Meet the Speaker: John J. Zimkus

John J. Zimkus has lectured and written about the history of Lebanon and Warren County, Ohio for over 30 years. He has been the historian of the Warren County Historical Society since 1990, and in 2008 was named the education director of the society’s

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Ohioans of the Day: Tim Conway and Doris Day

Posted on: May 15, 2019
Tags: Biography, Ohioan, Ohioans of the Day, Doris Day, Tim Conway

From the desk of John Zimkus: For 35 years as a teacher, twenty of them teaching Ohio history, I began each day with my 7th graders with an “Ohioan of the Day”. It started before the internet so I couldn’t “Google” the

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John Vakaleris

Artist Spotlight: John Vakaleris

George John Vakaleris (J VAK) was born in 1957 of Greek parents. Since childhood, frequent trips to the Greek countryside and islands have greatly influenced his artistic style. His works are noted for incorporating luminescent colors into an underlying

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Midnight Ride

National History: The Midnight Ride

Posted on: April 18, 2019
Tags: history, America, Revolutionary War, 1775

Today, in 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes embark on their Midnight ride from Charlestown to Lexington to warn the patriots. Yes, there were two of them, no matter what Henry told you... In Lexington, they where joined by Samuel Prescott and continued to

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Harmon through the years

Help Us Restore Harmon Museum’s Front Steps  

Posted on: April 13, 2019
Tags: donate, Harmon Museum

If you've visited Harmon Museum recently (or just driven by) you probably noticed that the front steps have been closed off.  The steps have begun to crumble and are no longer safe to climb.  Having been patched throughout the years, they are now

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Dr. Martian Luther King Jr

National History: The Assassination of MLK

On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martian Luther King Jr was fatally shot while on his balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. King was in Memphis in support of African American city sanitation workers after unequal wages, poor treatment and finally the

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International History: Cellular Phone

Posted on: April 3, 2019
Tags: history, 1973, phone, on this day

Where would we be without our cell phones? On this day in 1973, the first mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper, a Motorola engineer and executive He made the call to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey, while being interviewed by the press on

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spring equinox

International History: Spring Equinox

Posted on: March 20, 2019
Tags: druid, spring, moon, earth, Equinox, cycle

Happy Spring Equinox! As the days become longer, today marks the halfway point between the Winter and Summer Solstices when the days becomes equal to (and then longer than) the nights. The word 'equinox' deriving from the Latin for "equality between day and

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Jerrie Mock

National History: Jerrie Mock

Posted on: March 19, 2019
Tags: airplane, aviation, Jerrie Mock, women in history, 1960s, 1964

Jerrie Mock first flew in an airplane when she was seven. She told her parents she would grow up to be a pilot. From Newark, Ohio, after graduation, she went on to study engineering at Ohio State University. She was the only woman in

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Valerie Sherwood Rask

Artist Spotlight: Valerie Sherwood Rask

"Valerie Sherwood Rask creates both realistic and abstract artwork in glass. She enjoys being challenged by clientele with unusual requests. She has accomplished everything from a portrait of a pet donkey to a multi-paneled depiction of the original Lebanon

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stained glass

International History: St. Patrick's Day

Posted on: March 17, 2019
Tags: History, Saint Patrick, Saint, Catholic Church, Ireland, on this day

On this day in 1631, the Catholic Church established a Feast Day honoring St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, who'd died in the mid-400s. As the legend goes, St. Patrick's name was Maewyn Succat and when he was 16, Irish pirates attacked his family's

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Student Art Exhibition Winners

The winners of the 1st Annual Harmon Student Art Exhibition have been announced! We'd like to thank all the talented young artists that submitted their work to make the show a success. They made it a very difficult decision. The artists of the

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art by Nick Reynolds

Artist Spotlight: Nick Reynolds

Posted on: March 2, 2019
Tags: art, Artist, artist, Meet, painter, painting, event, class, art class, Bob Ross

"Nick Reynolds is a Lebanon-born artist and certified Bob Ross instructor. He started oil-painting his senior year of high school and three years later, received his certification to teach in the Bob Ross method. Beyond simply teaching students to paint, he

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Lunch & Learn: Guadalcanal

Posted on: February 26, 2019
Tags: WWII, Guadalcanal, Lunch & Learn, video

Click here to view the February 2019 Lunch and Learn. Topic: Guadalcanal - A turning point in WWII Detail: At the beginning World War II, the U.S. took a terrific beating at the hands of the Japanese Army and Navy in the Pacific. That changed on

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George Washington's Birthday

National History: Presidents Day

What would America be without George Washington? We may not speak like Doctor Who or use the Queen's currency but America's first president did a LOT for the founding of our nation. He was born on February 22nd, 1732. The day was celebrated

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Jenifer Baker

Meet the Speaker: Jenifer Baker

Jenifer Baker is the Deputy Archivist of the Warren County Records Center & Archives and will be the guest speaker at March's Lunch & Learn, "Infirmary Time Capsule." Jenifer grew up in the Middletown/Monroe area and

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Family Adventure Bingo Flyer

Event: Family Adventure Bingo

Posted on: February 19, 2019
Tags: sponsors, event, list

Family Adventure Bingo is Saturday, Feb 23rd. Click here to view the full prize list. Click here to buy tickets. We'd like to thank our sponsors. Please click the sponsor's name to be taken to their website. Acapulco Mexican Restaurant AC

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Harmon Museum Steps

We Need Your Help!

Posted on: February 16, 2019
Tags: donate, Harmon Museum, support

Harmon Museum’s front steps are falling apart and no longer safe for man or beast.  Our staff has decided to launch a campaign to raise the funds needed for repairs through donations from the public. The Warren County Historical Society which

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teddy bear

National History: The Teddy Bear

Posted on: February 15, 2019
Tags: history, teddy bear, Clifford Berryman, President, Theodore Roosevelt

On this day in 1903, the teddy bear first debuted. In November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt needed a vacation which, in the Rough Rider's case, meant hunting. On the second day, an old black bear was caught, clubbed and tied to a tree for the president

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Marcus Mote

Local History: Marcus Mote

Marcus Mote (1817-1898) was a natural born painter and photographer. For a man who never had a lesson in his life, he was remarkable. Born to a Quaker family of farmers in West Milton, Ohio. As a child, he would go into the woods to

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Dick Krehbiel

Meet the Speaker: Richard Krehbiel

Dick Krehbiel is a registered Architect with 38 years of experience in assessment and design of renovated and historic buildings. His award winning projects include Oyler School (Ohio Masonry Institute Education Design Honor Award and Preservation Award:

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Peggy Hamlin bio pic

Artist Spotlight: Peggy Hamlin

   Almost 20 years ago, Peggy Hamlin took a pottery class with her 14 year old daughter at the local YMCA. "From the moment I put my fingers into the clay…" she said, an echo of nostalgia in her tone, "I knew I didn't ever want to stop."

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David and Lora Smith (photo credit David T. Smith facebook page)

Artist Spotlight: David T. Smith

    "Through the late 70s, while working a full-time job, David began restoring and rebuilding antiques for dealers, collectors, and museums. He experimented with 'aged' painted finishes and developed a line of reproductions to market to

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Trish McLennan

Artist Spotlight: Trish McLennan

   "I had the studio before I knew what I was going to do with it.  We bought some property with an old house on it in 1998.  I knew I wanted to keep the house to use as a place to do messy crafts with my kids and

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Karan Witham-Walsh bio pic

Artist Spotlight: Karan Witham-Walsh

   "As a potter and ceramics teacher, I love being able to spread my love of handmade pottery to others.   The act of a potter expressing themselves and creatively giving a part of their personality while bringing the depth of their

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Mike and Karen Baum

Artist Spotlight: Mike Baum

Mike and his wife Karen are a husband and wife team who have been creating pottery together for over 40 years. Working in the space between utilitarian and fine art, their pottery that is not only beautiful but functional. They

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Greg Neal hard at work.

Artist Spotlight: Greg Neal

   "Greg Neal is a self-taught potter, born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio. His interest began with making pottery in high school, and he continued on as a hobby potter for several years. Greg became a full time artist over 25 years ago,

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Fred Cook bio pic

Artist Spotlight: Fred Cook

An exerpt taken from the "about me" page of his website. "...High school art class was my first formal introduction to clay work. We were handbuilding, pinchpots and slabs.  I was falling in love with it. In the industrial arts room next door there

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Greg with his wife Mary

Artist Spotlight: Greg Shooner

Posted on: January 4, 2019
Tags: art, art show, pottery, Artist, Art Exhibition, potter, ceramics, Greg Shooner

      "Continuing the traditions of American potters dating to 1630, Greg Shooner and Mary Spellmire-Shooner re-create authentic redware pottery at their Oregonia, Ohio studio.  Greg and Mary use their years of pottery experience to make a

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