When: 10 days in September---Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 16, 2018

Where: See information below on various county-wide activities and events

The Ohio History Connection is sponsoring a statewide event called "Ohio Open Doors" where building and landmark operators open their doors to the public for special tours and programs.   The purpose is to honor the history, design and stories of the local area helping to promote, educate and inspire pride in Ohio's amazing heritage.

The Ottawa County Historical Society is helping to spread the word within the County to encourage organizations and individuals to open their doors and share the fascinating history of the County.   As individual events and activities become known, we will list them here----so check back often.


Saturday, September 8

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

OSU Stone Lab Open House:  Gibraltar Island.  Tour Stone Laboratory, view Cooke Castle, lectures and laboratory sessions and more.  Free transportation to Gibraltar from Ohio State University's AVC on South Bass Island (last boat to Gibraltar 3:30 p.m.).  See website for full details (go.osu.edu/slopenhouse).

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lake Erie Islands Historical Society:  Tour recently updated museum.  Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, 443 Catawba (next to Town Hall; behind Brewery).  Tour the recently updated museum.  New exhibits on the history of Put-in-Bay and the Islands.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Carroll Township Museum:  Tour and Early Photo Collection Exhibit, Carroll Township Museum, 1880 West Toussaint East Road, Oak Harbor.  Tour museum and view exhibit of glass plate photo collection of Nina Williams, an early postal clerk in the Township.


Tuesday, September 11

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Oak Harbor Public Library:  Oak Harbor Walking Tour, Oak Harbor Public Library, 147 Main Street, Oak Harbor.  Local historians Dick Martin and John Liske will guide participants through downtown Oak Harbor.  As your guides, they will share the stories of the past and you will be able to visualize what was, while seeing the present buildings.  They will have historical pictures of downtown Oak Harbor with them to share.  For tour, meet inside the Library at the Reading area.  In case of inclement weather, a powerpoint presentation will be provided in the Local History Museum & Center, lower level of the Library. 


Wednesday, September 12

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Catawba Island Historical Society:   History in Union Chapel, Catawba Island Historical Society Museum/Cultural Center, 5258 E. Porter St, Catawba.  Tour the new museum at Union Chapel, a renovated non-denominational church built in 1888.  Explore the inaugural exhibit on the history of ice harvesting.
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. Ottawa County Museum:  Back To School In History, Ottawa County Museum, 126 West 3rd Street, Port Clinton.  Celebrate the beginning of the school year with an exhibit of school memorabilia, Revistas, school senior portraits from the 1930s and 1940s saved from the old high school, and discussions with curator and volunteers.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ottawa County Historical Society:  Union Center School, 1672 Muddy Creek N Road, Oak Harbor.  Guided tour of a one-room schoolhouse, if not the last in Ottawa County certainly the most historically restored.  School operated from 1899 to 1934.  After being closed, the property was purchased by Theodore Witt.  Grandson, Norm, restored the building and the interior furnishings will take you back to those early rural one-room school days.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Harris-Elmore Public Library:  Elmore Manufacturing Company, Harris-Elmore Library, 328 Toledo Street, Elmore.  Presentation on the history of the Elmore Manufacturing Company including the Elmore Roadster bicycle and the Elmore Car.  On display, 1903-04 Elmore Car.


Friday, September 14

10:00 a.m - 12:00 noon Lakeside Heritage Society: Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua, Third & Walnut, Lakeside - guided tour and open exhibit to celebrate Hoover's 90th year.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Oak Harbor Public Library:  Local History & Museum Center Open House, Oak Harbor Public Library-Lower Level, 147 W. Main Street, Oak Harbor - tour the Museum and learn what Oak Harbor history materials are on file.  Also showing video produced by Clint Fehlhaber of 1949/50 downtown stores.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. County Commissioners:  Ottawa County Courthouse, 315 Madison Street, Port Clinton - guided tours of interior and exterior of courthouse.


Saturday, September 15

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Johnson's Island Preservation Society:  Confederate Civil War Prison Cemetery, Gaydos Drive, south off Bayshore Road (Route 163), Marblehead - guided tour of cemetery.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ottawa County Historical Society:  Skirmish On The Peninsula, Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead - Presentation on the first fighting in the War of 1812 in Ohio on Danbury's Peninsula on Lake Erie shoreline including video showing of Skirmish On The Peninsula produced in 2012 as part of the Bi-Centennial commemorative celebration.


Sunday, September 16

12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy:  Port Clinton Lighthouse Tour, 205 East Perry Street, Port Clinton.  Tour the last timber frame pier head lighthouse on Lake Erie.