Historical sites, organizations and museums offer a broad range of events. We thought it would be a good idea to consolidate them all here! Really, no excuse to be bored this year! Enjoy

JANUARY
January 17 – It’s a Woman’s War, too: Local Members of the Women’s Army Corps – Tuesday at 12:00 Lunch and Learn presentation at the Sandusky Library. Molly Sampson, Director of the Maritime Museum of Sandusky presenter. The largest women’s branch of the military in WWII was the Women’s Army Corps. Originally founded in 1942 as an Auxiliary corps, by 1945, 150,000 women had enlisted. Join historian Molly Sampson for a brief history of the WAC, highlighting local servicewomen.

JANUARY 22, 2023 AT 3 PM – 4 PM – online event by Lorain County Historical SocietyA History of the Western Reserve (Bicentennial Speaker Series) – The “Western Reserve” is referenced in names across northeastern Ohio, but what exactly was it? An interesting and complex story of American history, the Western Reserve, also known as the Connecticut Western Reserve, was a territory of about 6,000 square miles along the southern shore of Lake Erie from Pennsylvania extending west to Sandusky Bay that included Lorain County. After the Revolutionary War, settlers from New England were encouraged to move into the area, but they encountered conflicts with the Native American populations who had inhabited the land for thousands of years. Learn more about the history of the Western Reserve with a presentation by Eric Rivet, chief curator at the Western Reserve Historical Society, on Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 PM. This presentation will be given online via zoom. It is free but registration is required.

January 23Huron Historical Society – Information Gathering Event from 3-5 p.m: Help the historical society add to their archives about Huron Heights.

FEBRUARY
February 1 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – The Story of Euclid Beach Park at the Brownhelm Historical Association – Food, rides, and attractions. Why is Euclid Beach Park so very memorable? Join John Frato, President of Euclid Beach Park Now, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory of Euclid Beach Park, for a presentation and learn about the amusement park’s beginnings in 1895. Reminisce with him about its heyday, as well as its final days in 1969. Join us for our monthly membership meeting to catch up on what’s been happening behind the scenes with the BHA. Our doors open at 6 p.m. The business meeting runs from 6:30 – 7 p.m. Social time starts at 7 p.m. and the historical program begins at 7:30 p.m. Open to the public, so bring a friend! Masks are recommended but not required.

February 1Huron Public Library, 333 Williams St., Huron Historical Society information gathering event: Community members can help the Huron Historical Society gather more information about the history of the Huron Fire Department from 3-5 pm.

February 11 – 7 pm – Play: “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” – Event by Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Tickets – www.rbhayes.org/news/2023/01/27/general/additional-showing-of-play-looking-over-the-president-s-shoulder-added-at-hayes-presidential An additional showing of a play about a White House butler who worked for four U.S. presidents has been added at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

February 18 – Celebrating George Washington Carver, 2:30 at the Sandusky Library. Explore the interesting life of George Washington Carver, known as the peanut man, through stories, crafts, games and science activities. Warning: real peanuts will be used during this program.

February 21 – Black Men in Blue: The Civil War, Ohioans, and the 27th United States colored Troops – Tuesday at 12:00 Lunch and Learn presentation at the Sandusky Library. Dr. Kelley Mezurek, historian and author, presents a discussion about how Ohioans reacted to the enlistment of African American troops, the Ohio Black community’s response to the national conflict, and the impact of their service. The focus of the presentation is on the 5th and 27th USCT, the two Black regiments raised in the state, with special attention given to the greater Sandusky area soldiers and veterans.

February 23 – Gems from the Historical Society at the Huron Public Library, 333 Williams St. Lunchtime Program: Bring a packed lunch and enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and cookies while talking about. The program is at 1 p.m. and registration is encouraged.

MARCH

March 4 – The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums  is having an Inaugural Ball For President Hayes inaugural ball on Saturday, March 4, at 5:30 at the Neeley Center at Terra State Community College. When President Hayes took office in March 1877, he did not have an inaugural ball. His election was – and remains – one of the most contested in U.S. history, so a ball was not included in the inaugural festivities. Advance tickets are required. Tickets are $50 for Hayes Presidential members and $55 for non-members. They are available online at https://www.rbhayes.org/…/inaugural-ball-for-president…/. The Cottonwood Jam String Band will provide music, and a caller will guide guests through 19th-century contra dancing, which was popular during Hayes’ time. On the menu are chicken breast, two sides, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee, water and lemonade. A vegan option will be available. Those who would like the vegan option or who have any dietary restrictions are asked to contact Crystal Johnson, visitor services manager, at 419-332-2081 or cjohnson@rbhayes.org in advance of the event. Beer and wine will be available. Tickets include one drink of beer or wine. Additional beer and wine drinks can be purchased with cash. The dress code is flexible. Guests are welcome to wear business casual, formal wear or period costumes. For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like Hayes Presidential on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.

March 9 – The Women Who Built Hollywood, Dr. Annette Bochenek, historian , presenter. Tuesday at 12:00 Lunch and Learn presentation at the Sandusky Library. Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both onscreen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a virtual presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

March 11  – Opening of special exhibit “Resolute: The Spirit of Arctic Exploration”9 am – 5 pm Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums For centuries, the Arctic was the ultimate unexplored frontier. Beginning with ancient quests for ultima thule, the “farthest unknown,” explorers  tried to chart the shifting, icy landscape at the top of the world. Several expeditions set sail during the 19th century in search for the elusive Northwest Passage, some fated never to return. The Resolute Desk, given to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880, was built from the timbers of just such a ship and is still used in the Oval Office to this day. This exhibit will explore the Arctic’s strange, treacherous environment and profile the adventurers who tried to tame it. Access to the exhibit is included with regular museum admission.

March 18 – Cleveland Baseball History – Scott Longert, author and historian, presenter. Tuesday at 12:00 Lunch and Learn presentation at the Sandusky Library. Historian Scott Lognert, author of six books on Cleveland baseball history, will present his most recent book ‘Victory on Two Fronts; The Cleveland Indians and Baseball through the World War II Era,’ a study of Cleveland baseball from 1941-1949 and more. Longert has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, most recently on the documentary, War on the Diamond, an in depth look at the rivalry between the Cleveland Indians/Guardians and the New York Yankees.

March 21 – Best of Show: A Sampler of America’s First Ladies, presented by Mike Synder, retired librarian and historian, presenter. Tuesday at 12:00 Lunch and Learn presentation at the Sandusky Library. Hear stories about some of the speaker’s favorite First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt, including a First Lady who spoke fluent Mandarin and Latin, a First Lady who bore her presidential husband seven children after his first wife bore him eight children, and a First Lady whose first name was Frank.

March 28 – Sandusky’s First Women: Prominent Women in Local History, Tuesday at 12:00, a Lunch and Learn presentation at the Sandusky Library. Erie County women who achieved “firsts” in the community. Learn about local women of history and their achievements in the community, often as the first women in their field. Meet: Sandusky’s first teacher; the first Sandusky woman to become a physician; Erie County’s first woman law enforcement officer, the first local women elected to public office, the ladies who founded a library; and other women of business and community service.

APRIL
April 18 – the History of the Marblehead Lighthouse, presented by Dennis Kennery, Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, Tuesday at 12:00 Lunch and Learn presentation at the Sandusky Library. Come learn about the history of the Marblehead Lighthouse from its construction to the present day.

MAY

JUNE

JULY
July 15 AT 10-5 – JUL 16 AT 10-3 Historic Lyme Village Civil War Days 2023, Saturday July 15th 10:00am – A reenactment of soldiers and civilians during the Civil war, come and watch a battle unfold both days, meet civil war era reenactors & demonstrators telling the story of what life was like during this time in American history, see our historical village transform back in time to the war between the states, with plenty to see and learn for all ages.

AUGUST
August 26
– Arts & Crafts Show at the Kelleys Island Historical Assoc. 11-5, free admission. Featuring Local artists, authors and artisans.

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER
November 12Erie County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting at the Sandusky Yacht Club. Watch for details. There will be a program, the magnificent commodore’s buffet, and a Silent Auction.

DECEMBER