|How We Began
George W. Somerville organized the first Grand River Historical Society
meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 1954. Meetings were held on the second
floor of the Livingston County Library beginning on February 15,
1955. Mr. Somerville served 11 years as president. Mrs. Minnie Hedrick was Vice
President and Miss Roberta Perrine served as Secretary-Treasurer.
Charter Members: George Somerville, Mrs.
Ira Hedrick, Miss Roberta Perrine, Howard
Rion, Joseph Stewart, Miss Kate Johnson, Miss Mabel Cranmer, Mrs. Alice
Kesler, Mrs. Elsie Somerville, Mrs. John Elliott, Mrs. Lillian
Meinershagen, Julius Meinershagen, Mrs. Harriett Casebeer, Harry Cole,
Bill Cole, Kirk Marshall, Leo Hopper, William Stillwell.
By-laws were adopted in January of 1970 under the 4th president, Howard
Co-curators were Jane Stark and Dr. John R. Neal.
The original Museum building was a gift from Mr. Murray Windle and Mrs.
Pat Webber (daughter). The building was located in what was then known as
Veteransville and served as the garage for the Chillicothe Business
College campus. The building was remodeled in 78-79 and was dedicated on
September 23, 1979. The first full summer of operation was in 1980.