ALLEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mrs. Harry B. Longsworth, Secretary
The society is making a drive for the collection of old family
records, Bible records, diaries, account books, journals, and cor-
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF NEGRO LIFE AND HIISTORY
William F. Savoy, State Director
The general program is to collect and preserve the valuable
documents of the Negro's history, to form intercultural study
groups for the proper intergrated study of peoples, and to dis-
seminate the history of the Negro through books and articles,
school work, and lecture programs. The association has active
chapters in several of Ohio's larger cities, including Columbus,
Cleveland, Toledo, Canton, and Dayton. There are also branches
in Cincinnati, Newark, Mt. Vernon, Chillicothe, Akron Lima,
Delaware, and at Lockbourne Air Base. There are about 925
members of the association in Ohio.
CHAMBERLAIN HISTORICAL ENTERPRISES, AKRON
Gladys E. Chamberlain, Director
This organization has replaced the former Summit County
Historical Bureau. A leaflet published recently states that its
purpose is "to increase the knowledge of the history of this sec-
tion of Ohio, particularly Summit County." The Portage Journal,
edited by Miss Chamberlain. is the new name of the former
Summit County Historical Bulletin. The first issue of the Jour-
nal, named for the first newspaper published in Summit County,
appeared in June.
DAYTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ROY G. Fitzgerald, President
The sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of Dayton,
sponsored by the society, was held from August 27 to September
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7. The Army Air Corps at Wright Field cooperated in the
One of the chief concerns of this society at the present time
is the preservation of the old courthouse, erected in the form of
a Greek Ionic temple, 1847-50. There is a movement in Mont-
gomery County to sell the valuable lot on which the Old court-
house is located, the proceeds to go for a new courthouse.
FAIRPORT HARBOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Pearl E. Killinen, Acting Historian
The village of Fairport has received from the United States
Coast Guard a renewal of the license covering the lighthouse
reservation. The Marine Museum of the society is located in the
lighthouse. Among the society's recent acquisitions are the old
lighthouse lens, on permanent loan from the Coast Guard, a scale
model of the schooner "Pathfinder of Fairport," a sextant used
on the schooner "Sarah A. Green," and the Lake County wreck-
master's inventory of salvaged items from the "S. S. Griffith."
Officers of the society are George Gedeon, president; George
Henry, first vice president; Elijah Brown, second vice president:
Lillian Luthanen, secretary; Mrs. Irene Radike, treasurer.
NORTH FAIRFIELD FIRELANDS HISTOIRICAL ASSOCIATIION
Charlie D. Harvey, President
Dr. Charles H. Kimberly, of New York, a former resident
of North Fairfield, has contributed the sum of $500 for the instal-
lation of a fireplace. "The association appreciates this very sub-
stantial indication of interest on the part of an old friend."
OTTAWA COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Mae Hesselbart, Curator
Since there has been some confusion concerning the origins
and early history of Port Clinton, the curator has devoted much
of her time to writing and speaking on the subject. An article on
the beginnings of the town, now 118 years old. appeared in the
Ottawa County News. June 14, 1946.
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PIONEER ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
Mrs. Cora Chapman Reckard, Secretary
The regular meetings of the association are scheduled to
begin in October. Officers for the year are Dr. James A. Mc-
Cowan, president; Fred B. Goddard, vice president; Mrs. Reck-
ard, secretary; Harry M. Hart, treasurer.
PUTNAM COUNTY PIONEER ASSOCIATION
From the Pioneer News, IV, No. 1 (September 1, 1946)
The council of the village of Kalida has assigned the upper
story of the City Hall as a home for the association. Display
cases are being installed and the people of Putnam County are
being urged to donate historical materials for display. Officers
of the association are Earl H. Hanefeld, president; Charles H.
Veach, vice president; Gaylord Meyers, secretary; Mary F. Fort-
man, acting secretary; Lillian Clevenger, editor.
SENECA COUNTY HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
A. C. Shuman, Curator
The fourth anniversary of the Seneca County Museum.
Tiffin. was marked September 5, with ceremonies honoring Dr.
Shuman on his birthday for fifty years spent in the ministry. The
program included greetings by Clarence I. Smeltz. representing
the county commissioners and the museum trustees, remarks
bY Erwin C. Zepp, of the State Historical Society, a talk by Dr.
Shuman, and music by the Calvert High School Band. The
Seneca County Museum now has twenty one rooms of displays.
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF PIONEER RIVERMEN
Frederick Way, Jr., President
At a meeting at Marietta, August 24, the following officers
were elected: Frederick Way, Jr., Sewickley. Penn.. president:
Robert G. Thomas, Clarington, Ohio, vice president for the tipper
Ohio; C. W. Stoll, Louisville, Ky., vice president for the lower
Ohio: William McNally, Pittsburgh, secretary: Ruth Maddy,
Gallipolis, treasurer; J. Mack Gamble, Clarington. chairman, exec-
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utive committee; W. K. Richardson, Marietta, and J. W. Rutter.
Sewickley, museum committee.
The Mississippi Valley Historical Association will hold its
annual meeting of 1947 at Columbus, April 24-26. The Ohio,
State Archaeological and Historical Society and the Ohio State
University will be joint hosts to the association. Prof. Francis
P. Weisenburger, of Ohio State University, has been named
chairman of the Committee on Local Arrangements with Dr.
James H. Rodabaugh, of the Historical Society, as co-chairman.
Dr. Earl Beck and Elverett Walters began work as instruc-
tors in history at Ohio State University with the summer quar-
ter. Dr. Beck, a graduate of Ohio State, recently returned from
service with the armed forces in Europe. Mr. Walters has been
serving in the Navy.
Dr. William J. McNiff has returned to the history depart-
ment at Miami University after a year as lecturer to the armed
forces in England and Germany.
Dr. Frank Heck has also returned after three years of serv-
ice in the army.
Dr. Richard Gustavson has been employed to substitute for
Dr. Harry N. Howard who will be on leave with the State De-
Dr. William Fisk has been appointed assistant professor of
history at Muskingum College.
At Ohio University the freshman history course has been
revised to begin with the 15th century instead of the Fall of
Rome. Prof. Thomas N. Hoover has contributed an article on
the elections of 1945 to the American Year Book. Dr. A. T.
Volwiler has been elected to the executive committee of the Mis-
sissippi Valley Historical Association.
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The University of Toledo has added six men to its history
staff. They are Dr. Randolph C. Downes and Dr. Carleton F.
Waite. associate professors; Dr. Duane D. Smith, Lloyd Lapp.
Willard A. Smith, and Edward Schweikardt, assistant professors.
Promotions have been made as follows: Almeda M. Janney,
emeritus professor; Arvid T. Johnson, assistant dean of admin-
istration, Emil Lucki, associate professor and assistant dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences; Herbert Schering, assistant
professor of history and German.
Dr. Downes has been named managing editor of the North-
west Ohio Quarterly, periodical of the Historical Society of
Arthur H. Benedict has joined the staff of the Hiram College
history department as assistant professor. Dr. Harold E. Davis,
dean of administration and professor of history, served as direc-
tor of the Division of Education and Teacher Aids, Office of
Inter-American Affairs, during the war. He was professor of
Latin American history at the United States Army University at
Biarritz, France, 1945-46.
Hiram College is making plans for the observance of its
centennial in 1950. The publication of source materials and books
concerning Hiram's history is proposed. The microfilming of the
Mahoning Baptist Journal, one of the basic documents for the
beginnings of the Disciples Church, and the publication of a life
of Burke Aaron Hinsdale, are included in preliminary plans.
Dr. Paul H. Bloomhardt has returned to the history depart-
ment at Wittenberg College after service with the army school in
England and on the continent. Dr. C. A. Clausen will continue
on leave of absence with the State Department. His position will
be filled by R. E. Hawes who recently was discharged from the
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Dr. John I. Kolehmainen, professor of history and political
science at Heidelberg College, has received a grant-in-aid from
the Social Science Research Council for the completion of a his-
tory of the Finnish people in America. Dr. Kolehmainen pub-
lished an article on the "Founding of the Finnish Settlements in
Ohio," in the Quarterly, XLIX (1940), 150-9.