Welcome to the Westerville Historical Society
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 Historical Society. (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.
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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