|Medina County Historical Society
206 North Elmwood Street,
Medina, Ohio 44256,
Organized in 1922, the Medina County Historical Society is celebrating its 97th year of collecting and preserving artifacts and information dealing with Medina County, Ohio history. The mission of the society was formed for the purpose of promoting, maintaining and preserving all such things as relate to and are of historical interest pertaining to the County of Medina.
The Society's holdings and resource material is in the 1886 John Smart House at 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, Ohio 44256. The Historical Society is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are fully deductible. Artifact donations are also tax deductible based on an appraisal provided by the donor. Our active committees include Digitization, Finance, Genealogy, Holiday Themes and Special Events.
First Sunday of the month 1pm-4pm
Call ahead if there is a holiday falling on the Sunday
Tours by appointment
The Bicentennial Print by Richard Doyle $10
MEDINA COUNTY COMING OF AGE 1810-1900 By Joann G. King Over 500 pages of history of the people and activities in the formative years of Medina County $45
LETHA E. HOUSE From Foundling to Philanthropist A fascinating story about one of the areas most generous Philanthropist and how she used her sudden wealth for the benefit of many.
Soft cover $24.00 Hardcover $30.00
BUILDING A FIRM FOUNDATION Tells the story of Medina County's history through her architectural heritage. Contains historical anecdotes, personal sketches, architectural descriptions and ever 250 photographs and drawings $30.00
Pins available are John Smart House, Medina Gazebo, Medina Courthouse, AI Root Homestead, Old Phoenix Bank and the U.S. Flag. All $3 each
We have books from Medina, Wadsworth, Brunswick, Chippewa Lake & Chippewa Lake Park and The History of Medina Schools 1817-2017 All $20 each
JOHN SMART HOUSE PRINTS by Medina artist Grace Zay $25.00 unframed
Note Cards of Medina Gazebo & The John Smart House Museum $10
Stop in and take a look! These are all great items for gifts!
Yearly Calendar of events
We are open the first Sunday of the month from 1pm - 4pm at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N.Elmwood, Medina.
Our 2019 theme is the Women's Suffrage Movement.
We will focus on the passing of the 19th Amendment by the U.S. Congress in the year 1920. The passing of the historic Amendment was a direct result of the women's suffrage movement occurring across America in the early 1900's. It was only after years of extreme effort that women would have the right to vote on what was to happen in tgheir county, state, and nation.
The Medina County Historical Society will explore the role of prominant woment in Medina County.
If you have not yet visited us or you are a returning visitor, you will not be disappointed.
The museum admission is FREE but donations are always welcome!
2019 Membership Meetings
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THE JOHN SMART HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE
The John Smart House is a Victorian Queen Anne style home. This was a popular design in the 1880s and 1890s, and is characterized by an irregular form. It has bay windows, a two story tower, a second story airing porch, and an irregular roof line. Even the surface is irregular. There are scalloped shingles and clapboards, cornices and boards that define the different floor levels. The porches are not original, but they are a duplication of what was there based on early photographs of the house. The original slate roof has been replaced with a shingle that simulates shingles.More Information
Medina County Specialty license plate
Medina County is celebrating its Bicentennial this year and will be selling Bicentennial/historical license plates. We will start selling the license plates in April. Once this plate is created, funds from the BMV in 2018 and beyond will be allocated to all the 501c3 Medina County historical societies. This program will assist all the township, village and city museums in our county. Please think of us when purchasing your plates!
Officers and Board MembersBrian Feron President
Farrell McHugh Vice-President
Laurel Glaze Secretary
Carole Feron Treasurer
Laurel Glaze Administrative Assoc.
Mary Jo Palmer, Tony Giovanazzo, Lila Lehrer, Linda Limpert, Barb Praisler, Judy Davanzo, Brad Grubb,Katie Palmer
Become a Member!Membership dues schedule and policy:
Student/Senior $ 10.00
Individual $ 20.00
Senior Family $ 20.00
Family $ 25.00
Organizations $ 35.00
Patron $ 50.00
Life (one-time payment) $300.00
Dues received September 1 or after will receive credit for the following year. Dues not paid by January 1 will receive a letter from the Membership Chairperson. Dues not paid by the end of the first quarter will terminate membership.
2019 Membership Form
Links to other Historical Societies
Medina County Schools
CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS CONSERVATION PROJECTThe Medina County Historical Society is very fortunate to have in its museum an amazing artifact. It is a collection Civil War soldier ambrotypes and tintypes framed together. There are 94 images in total, which are ambrotypes (images on glass) and 28 tintypes. Where did they come from and who donated them to the MCHS? We wish we knew.
Save-A-Soldier submission form