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John Zimkus

Meet the Speaker: John 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

Meet the Artist: 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

Meet the Artist: 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

Meet the Artist: Nick Reynolds

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

"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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Guadalcanal

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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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 that work tirelessly organizing inventory, keeping the properties presentable, acting in our Living History events and giving tours at Glendower are all volunteers. We're ever grateful to those that

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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

Our 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

Art Exibition: Kelly Joslin

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

Harmon Museum is proud to present Divine Introspection, the photography of Kelly Joslin. Opening reception: Nov 2nd 6:30-8:30 Exibition Dates: Nov. 2nd - Dec. 15th   Artist’s Statement Nature, and my relationship to it, has long served as a

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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 and Zack Lykins Video

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

Watch as we interview Julie Meintel (Desert Strom) and Zach Lykins (Afghanistan) and get their personal accounts of their military time during Desert Storm and Afghanistan.

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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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Save Mounts Park

Save Mounts Park

Posted on: October 19, 2017
Tags: Mount Parks, Donate

Save Mounts Park! What is Mounts Park? A 200+ acre area park in Morrow, OH, located on Stubbs Mill Road just before you come to Rt. 22/3. Why is it Historically Significant?  Probably the first settlement in the county, settled in

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