Ohio History Journal

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220 Ohio Arch

220      Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.








Early in the spring of 1857, steps were taken to secure a

meeting of Pioneers of the Fire Lands for the purpose of friendly

reunion, and to devise plans to effect a permanent organization

for collecting and preserving a record of the incidents and history

of the settlement of the Firelands.

The first meeting was held at the Court House, in Norwalk,

Huron County, Ohio, May 20, 1857.

An adjourned meeting was held at the Court House, in Nor-

walk, Ohio, June 17, 1857, and the draft of a constitution was

made and adopted.

After twenty-one years of successful work and many of the

pioneers having passed away, it was feared that a few years

more would witness the abandonment of the society, and recog-

nizing the fact that while generations are passing away history

is accumulating, it was thought best to incorporate the society

with its old name, under the laws of Ohio, and this was done

on the 9th day of June, 1880, and the home of the Society was

fixed at Norwalk, Ohio, at which place it has its library and

museum, at present in temporary quarters, but expects in the

near future to erect a suitable building for all its purposes, for

which object quite a fund is already secured.

The membership of our Society is constituted of annual mem-

bers who pay one dollar a year in advance, or as a life member

five dollars in advance. All members shall be entitled to one

copy each of all new publications of the Society issued during

the first year of their membership, and by the payment of an

additional five, making it ten dollars, in advance, a life member

will also be entitled to one copy of The Firelands Pioneer, pub-

lished since 1861. Honorary members may be elected by vote of

the Society. And the Society is supported by its membership

fees and from the sale of The Firelands Pioneer.