Chagrin Falls Historical Society& Museum will present a program on the Chagrin Falls Township Hall, on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2pm. Archivist Laura Gorretta, Board President John Bourisseau, and Curator Pat Zalba will lead you through the fascinating history of Chagrin Falls Township Hall, the center of Village activities since 1848. It has been a library, school, lecture hall, theater, the seat of Chagrin Falls Township government, even the town jail! Township Hall was the place to be for famous orators–President Garfield and Susan B. Anthony both spoke there. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Join us for our pre- St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Thursday, March 14th at 7:30pm!
This is a family friendly event! Guests will enjoy Celtic Music from local music group- Butternut Hill; along with tasty corned beef sliders, and Irish Coffee for the adults! The event is free but we do appreciate a $5 donation. For more information call 440.247.4695.
Come take a look at our new exhibit in our Museum Gallery from March 12 through April 29, 2019. The exhibit features artwork by local favorite, Max Barnard, as well has other whammy doodles and whirligigs in our collection. This exhibit is sponsored in memory of Beverly & Howard Myers.
In the Bo Burr Community Room Gallery: The World According to Max. Stop by our community room to view many of the paintings in our collection by Max Barnard.
The museum is open Tues/Wed/Fri 11am-3pm by appointment; Thursdays 2-7pm; and Saturdays 11am-3pm.
Max Barnard began at a young age as a house painter and paperhanger in Chagrin Falls. He was a self-taught artist who began painting in the 1940s and was recognized for his primitive paintings of scenes recalled from his childhood. Barnard won first prize at the prestigious May Show of 1954 for a painting on a window shade. His work has been exhibited at the Chagrin Valley Art Club in 1973, and at the Heartland Museum in Harvard, MA in 1986. He completed more than 2,000 works in almost 30 years, using mostly house paint! Barnard also had a sketchbook of pen-and-ink drawings of Chagrin Falls residents. Barnard died in Millersburg, Ohio, and is buried in Chagrin Falls. At the time of his death in 1978, he was survived by a granddaughter, Beverly Myers.
Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum- Burn the Mortgage Campaign
Join the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum as we begin a Burn the Mortgage Campaign!
In 2014, we embarked on the next chapter of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum. We purchased our new home, renovated it and have spent recent years expanding our organization and outreach. We have grown into a pillar of the community, educating students, residents, and tourists about Chagrin Falls and vicinity. Our staff, mostly volunteers, creates wonderful programs, tours, and meaningful exhibits showcasing the history of Chagrin Falls.
We are now determined to “Burn the Mortgage”. We have generously received $75,000 in matching funds, approximately 50% of the mortgage balance. Every dollar donated up to $75,000 will be matched. The mortgage has a balloon payment due May 2019. We are asking you to help us with an end of the year contribution. When our campaign is over at the end of February, if more funds are raised than necessary, the overage will be held in a Building Fund for major expenses and building improvements. It’s an ambitious goal, but as we prepare for the future, we are filled with excitement!
Here’s how you can contribute to our campaign!
- Make a secure payment online
- Mail a check payable to Chagrin Historical Society and send to us a- P.O. Box 515, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
- Call us with your payment information! 440-247-4695
- Make a secure payment online
The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Ohio History Connection! This grant allows us to digitize copies of The Exponent, the sole newspaper for Chagrin Falls and vicinity. The Ohio History Fund grant will cover the newspaper issues in our collection from 1874-1883. The digitized Exponent will be available online to researchers on the Ohio Memory website.
“The Exponent is one of the many vital primary sources that we have in our collection. By digitizing the newspaper, we are giving people the opportunity from anywhere in the world to learn about life in the Chagrin Valley in the late 1800’s. I am incredibly proud of our team for working hard on this grant.” Ruth Zeager, Executive Director, Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum.
This project was made possible in part by an Ohio History Fund grant. A grant program by the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio History Fund supports local history organizations all over the state and is funded entirely through Ohio taxpayers’ voluntary contributions. You can learn more about the program at ohiohistory.org/historyfund.
Ohio History Fund
The Ohio History Fund creates grants to support local history projects in communities throughout Ohio. It’s funded by Ohio taxpayers that select “Ohio History Fund” as a donation fund on their state tax returns. For just a $9 donation, you can help repair a roof on a historic home, expand a popular history tour at a local museum, preserve the stories of Ohio veterans or provide public access to rare museum collections. For more information about the Ohio History Fund grant program, visit ohiohistory.org/historyfund.
Chagrin Falls has always invested in the arts. Organizations such as the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, the Valley Art Center, the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, and Chagrin Arts have enriched and entertained residents and visitors for generations. Join us on Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm as Historical Society President John Bourisseau presents a program about the history and tradition of the arts organizations in Chagrin Falls.
by Joanne Fenton Humphrey
From the back cover:
“Joanne Humphrey creatively combines the actual diary entries of a young woman of the late 1800s with imaginative and insightful characters whose musings and conversations breathe life into Elsie Ober.” “Using the combination of Elsie Ober’s diary, research and historical fiction, Joanne Humphrey has captured what daily life was like in Chagrin Falls in the 1880s & 1890s.” “Joanne paints a vivid picture of the boom and bust cycle of life and the difficulties faced by women during this time period.”
The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum is proud to present the Chagrin Falls Historic Home and Garden Tour. The tour will take place on Saturday, June 1st from 10am-5pm. Featured are six select historic homes and gardens, located in the southwest corner of Chagrin Falls and within walking distance of downtown Chagrin Falls.
Tickets will be on sale for $20 beginning May 1st online and in person at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and various local businesses in Chagrin Falls. Tickets purchased on the day of the tour will be $30 and only available at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum.
The 2019 Chagrin Falls Historic Home & Garden Tour is proudly sponsored by our Gold Level sponsor- Hemlock Landscapes.
2019 Chagrin Falls Historic Home & Garden Tour
Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance/$30 day of tour
Early settlers came to Chagrin to take advantage of the river and the hydro-power it provided. Mills sprang up all along the river, manufacturing everything from flour to ax handles. Celebrate (and poke a little gentle fun at) our industrial heritage with our brand new tee-shirt from local artist Marnie Albers. Printed on black heavy cotton tees, it features a map of local dams on the back, and the slogan “Dam Dam Dam…I love this town!” on the front.
Our 2019 calendar features beautiful aerial images of the Chagrin Falls area taken by our friends at Drone Ohio.
$10 Now $5
Fleece jackets embroidered with the Chagrin Falls Historical Society logo are now available in your choice of 9 colors in size small – 5X. A more tailored ladies cut is also available is size small-3X. These are made from a medium weight fleece and feature zippered pockets and an audio port in one pocket to run your headphone cord through. As these are made to order, please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
Unisex Fit shown in Campus Gold, Ladies Fit Shown in True Royal Blue
Sample shown on Classic Navy
Fleece vests embroidered with the Chagrin Falls Historical Society logo are now available in your choice of 9 colors in size small – 5X. A more tailored ladies cut is also available is size small-3X. These are made from a medium weight fleece and feature zippered pockets and an audio port in one pocket to run your headphone cord through. As these are made to order, please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
Unisex Fit shown in Campus Gold, Ladies Fit Shown in True Royal Blue
Logo sample shown on Classic Navy. See listing for Fleece Jacket to see positioning of logo on left upper chest.
Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum presents our annual Holiday Open House!
Celebrate the holidays with the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum at our annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8th from 2-4pm in our Bo Burr Community Room. Enjoy refreshments, holiday cheer, and live music courtesy of Butternut Hill: A Music Duo! This is a family friendly event with a holiday craft table for children to create two different crafts. We will be collecting monetary donations for the California Wildfire Relief Fund. Continue Reading ⇒
ONLINE SILENT AUCTION OF ARTWORK FOR HAUNTED HISTORY!
The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum is hosting our annual gala at the Federated Church Family Life Center on October 27th from 6-10pm. The evening will feature entertainment by the Miles Road Band, a Magic Show by the world renowned Rick Smith, Jr.; a tarot card reader; and a Monster Mash dance lesson! Throughout the night, guests can take part in a wine pull, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and gift basket raffle.
Our Silent Auction features many fine works of art by local artists. This is your opportunity to bid on the artwork even if you do not attend the event. Here is what you need to do-
Our museum is housed in the 1874 Ober House. This charming Christmas card features a beautiful gingerbread model of the house made in 2016 by cake artist David St. John of Kenston Cottage Cakes. The card measures 4 x 5.5 inches and says Have a Sweet Christmas! inside. You will get 10 cards and envelopes.