Celebrate An Anniversary Summer with the Conneaut Area Historical Museum

The summer season at the Conneaut Area Historical Museum Season has arrived. We invite you to come and celebrate it with us. The Museum is entering its 26th year of presenting Conneaut’s past and is sponsoring a 25th Silver Anniversary Open House which we could not hold last year because of Covid. Celebrate with us during the first weekend of July. Enjoy light refreshments and anticipate the possibility of winning a gift certificate from local merchants by entering our drawing.

Conneaut history surrounds you as soon as you step in the door. Explore our displays including a Hulett mock-up, vintage farm tools, pioneer housewife items like a butter churn and wringer washing machine, a soda fountain, and display cases crammed with interesting artifacts. Search our collection of high school yearbooks for that lost classmate or teacher and explore our scrapbooks for pictures of the past.

We are located on Mill Street in a former New York Central Railroad Freight Depot built in 1873. Our hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. from now until Labor Day. Phone: 440-599-6011.

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Our History

In July 1996, a Historical Weekend was planned with displays and artifacts exhibited at the United Church of Christ. The persons responsible were Ed Wharton, Bert Drennen and Dean Horton. “We should have our own Historical society,” they said.

After a trip to Dalton, Ohio, Reverend Dwight Hayes returned to Conneaut, convinced that a Historical Society could be organized here.  He saw the results of such a society there, where two buildings now house their collection.  He asked several persons who would be interested and learned of the three who had worked at the Historical Weekend Bicentennial. He heard of others also, and called a meeting at the Carnegie Library to explore the possibilities.

They mentioned others. Soon, a group of more than a dozen persons met twice a month for that purpose.  The interim officers were Ed Wharton and Dwight Hayes, chairpersons; Fran and Bob Bickensderfer, secretary and treasurer; Durwood Stout, historian; Lynn Chapman, photographer; and Louise Legeza, newsletter editor. Others on the committee were Martha Benson, John Colver, Bert and Carol Drennen, Dean Horton, John Laughlin and Bim Orrenmaa.

 A charter meeting was planned for October 19, 1996. It was well attended. By the end of the year, nearly  150 persons had become charter members. Soon the group elected permanent officers and met monthly on the 4th Tuesday, at the Masonic Temple. A steering committee also meets once a month.

From the Conneaut Area Historical Society Newsletter

December 1998

A Message from Conneaut Area Historical Society President Jim Jones

Conneaut Area Historical Society Seeks Continued Support

The Conneaut Area Historical Society wants to thank all members who have been prompt with their dues.

However, due to Covid and the loss of our Secretary, Joan Barnett, we no longer have a newsletter being sent to members. We are asking you again for y our support, because utilities, taxes, and upkeep on the buildings must be maintained.

Thank you again for your continued support. As always, new members are welcome. You can call:  440-593-3019, with any further questions or writ to Conneaut Area Historical Society. P.O Box 563, Conneaut, Ohio, 44030. 

Thanking you in advance,

Jim Jones, President, Conneaut Area Historical Society

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