The Ottawa County Historical Society is launching a storytelling project based on Ottawa County stories.  We welcome and encourage factual as well as imaginative fictional accounts, such as first-person vignettes portraying historic life in Ottawa County.  These stories will then be transformed into live performances at selected venues throughout the County.  We believe the art of storytelling is about communication with an emphasis to both educate and entertain.  Suggested material for historic story scripts may be found in the Ottawa County Historical Society’s published Oral History volumes.  Family histories are another source for stories.  We welcome new stories and persons who can interpret and perform the parts.  For more information on the project, please contact Nancy Dunham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Tales from Ottawa County's Past - Saturday, August 17, 2019

In cooperation with Playmakers Civic Theatre, the first OCHS Story Telling project was held as part of the Port Clinton Lighthouse & Maritime Festival.  Moderated by Kathleen Giesler, music was provided by Patrick Fleming and Alex Hefner.  The program included (1) "Water", written and told by Patrick O'Keeffe; (2) "The Day The Rebels Came", written by Rich Norgard and told by Susan Doell; (3) "Donkeys on Middle Bass", written by Martha Dykes and told by Debbie Gordon; (4) "Boat Trip and Violent Lake Erie Storm in 2006", written and told by Tepp Dunham; and (5) "Early 30s at Eagle Beach", written and told by Richard Dunham.  Here's a few action snapshots (photos courtesy Kathy Leonard):

 

 

Moderator: Kathleen Giesler and Music by: Patrick Fleming and Alex Hefner

 

Audience

 

 

"Water" written and told by Patrick O'Keeffe

 

"The Day The Rebels Came" written by Rich Norgard and told by Susan Doell

 

 

"Donkeys on Middle Bass" written by Martha Dykes and told by Debbie Gordon

 

"Boat Trip and Violent Lake Erie Storm in 2006" written and told by Tepp Dunham