Welcome to the Westerville Historical Society
Coming March 18, 2016
"Celebrating 100 years of City-Manager form of government in Westerville"
January 1916, Westerville instituted the city-manager form of governance after a period of political turmoil and dysfunction. Join the Westerville Historical Society as Joe Meyer, long time editor of the Public Opinion premiers a short documentary on the history of the change, Beth Weinhardt and Bill Merriman briefly share the history of before and after the adoption of the city-manager form of government, and current City Manager Dave Collinsworth speaks about the role of the city manager. The program will be at the Westerville Public Library on Friday, March 18th at 7:30pm in the meeting rooms. Doors open at 7:00pm.
Who we are
The Westerville Historical Society (WHS) dates back to 1941 and today has 200 dues-paying households. It descended from a successful community drive in the 1930s to preserve the home of the Hanby family, an Underground Railroad stop, as a state memorial on West Main Street. Eldest son, Benjamin Hanby, was a composer of abolition music at the time of the Civil War . WHS volunteers manage and maintain Hanby House for the Ohio History Connection. (Visit the Hanby House website at www.hanbyhouse.org.)
The Westervile Historical Society hosts December open houses at Hanby House. They also co-sponsored the 2008 and 2011 Ohio Humanities Council's Chautauqua in Westerville as well as the Westerville Freedom Trail which brought the local Underground Railroad to life. It publishes a newsletter and offers five historical programs to the public each year.
Please click on the "Donate" button below and make a donation to the Westerville Historical Society. Your donation will help keep Westerville history alive.
Hanby House is looking for Volunteer Guides
Do you have a few extra hours a month or can you volunteer for special occasions? Contact site manager Pam Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614 891-6289. Training is provided. No special talents or experience needed other than enjoying history and sharing it with others.
Hanby House Video, "From Servitude to Service" Wins Second Award
Hanby video, From Servitude to Service wins it's second award! Pam Allen, Producer, and Bruce Houtz, Editor, received the History Outreach Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance on October 5, 2013. Congratulations Pam and Bruce for a job well done.
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