OCHS--Event: Lighthouse Festival Civil War Encampment

When: Saturday, October 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead, OH

The Ottawa County Historical Society Lighthouse Festival Civil War Encampment honors Henry Wolcott, son of Benajah and Rachel. The Ohio 14th Volunteer Infantry encamps for the occasion. Special performances from 11 am to 3 pm by Ohio 73rd Volunteer Regimental Band with 15-piece authentic uniforms and instruments playing Civil War era music.  Fireplace cooking demonstration; docent guided tours; gift shop and museum open.  Bean soup, cornbread, and cider.   Annual fundraising drawing at 3:00 p.m.

Financial support for this event has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.






OCHS--Program: Fall Meeting of the Membership

When:  Sunday, November 14, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Catawba Island Club, 4235 E. Beachclub Road, Port Clinton

Fall meeting of the membership with election of officers.  All welcome to attend!

Our main speaker is Genot Picor.  Members may remember an enactment of Etienne Brule by Mr. Picor at our "Skirmish on the Peninsula" celebration in 2012.  Mr. Picor is an accomplished story teller with an emphasis on native American heritage and will be our featured speaker, promising a splendid program for the November meeting.

Cost:  $25 per person.  Make check payable to the Ottawa County Historical Society.    Please send reservations no later than Sunday, November 7 to:

Ottawa County Historical Society

P.O. Box 385

Port Clinton, OH 43452 


Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

WHERE:  19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore, OH 43416


Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM- Last admission at 3:30 PM
Thursdays 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
​Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 PM  Last admission at 3:30 PM

The mission of the Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is to offer life enriching experiences, for current and future generations, by providing unique opportunities for the appreciation and study of nature and the arts."  The 17 acre garden estate is home to many unusual species of plant life uniquely incorporated into a landscape loving sculpted by human hands. 

NEW IN 2021:  Schedel is pleased to announce the opening of the Blair Museum of Lithophanes (3-dimensional translucent porcelain plaques which when back-lit reveal detailed images).  The collection is the largest in the world consisting of some 2,300 pieces and is the only lithophane museum in the United States.  Originally donated by collector Laurel Blair to the City of Toledo in 1993, the collection was housed in Mr. Blair's Old West End Toledo home until his death.  In July 2020, that collection was donated to the gardens.




Lakeside Heritage Society Archive & Museum

WHERE:  Archive---210 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, OH; Museum--324 W. Third Street, Lakeside, OH

The Lakeside Heritage Society (LHS) houses its collection of historical records on Lakeside, the Marblehead Peninsula and the Chautauqua Movement in America in its new archives at 210 Walnut Avenue in downtown Lakeside. 

The archives will be open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..  Volunteers will be present to respond to research requests.  Heritage Hall Museum which displays the LHS artifacts will be open during the summer season Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Scavenger hunts are offered each day for children. 

Guided walking tours are conducted on the Lakeside grounds on Wednesday and Friday mornings.   Lectures on local history topics are held on Sunday afternoons.

More information and a calendar of events is available on the website at or by calling 419-798-5519.

Federal and State covid-19 guidelines will be followed (required masks and social distancing).