2012 SEASON AT THE MUSEUM

New Look for Old Artifacts
April 3, 2012


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The 2012 season of the Grand River Historical Society Museum got a big start Sunday afternoon, with 150 people touring the facility during its annual open house. Just past the entryway is a wall mural (top photo) painted by local artist Kelly Poling, picturing an Indian village by a small river - perhaps even the Grand River. The painting features tepees, crude huts and the Indians, themselves, working at various tasks. Many of the museum's old artifacts are debuting with a new look this year, including a display of arrowheads and tool points, which have been mounted and cataloged by Curator Pam Clingerman. The museum is open from 1 until 4 p.m., on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

See the Constitution Tribune's video of our Open House held 04/01/12...

Open House this Sunday
March 30 2012

New to the Grand River Historical Society Museum display of Ben Bolt is a hand-made car made by Neil Bryan of Chillicothe. Bryan donated the car to the museum back in 1993 and said that he built the car, "mostly by lantern light."


C-T Photo / Amanada McKay

The 2012 season of the Grand River Historical Society Museum will begin this Sunday, April 1 at 1401 Forest Drive in Chillicothe. Three outstanding displays have been added since last season's closing and many other displays have been expanded and revised. New to the museum this season is Grandma's house, which is a reproduction of how a local home would have appeared around the turn of the century. It consists of a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, dinning room and parlor. "Countless hours of work have gone into making this exhibit as authentic as possible," said Ron Wilder, museum board member. "You will be impressed by the numerous pieces of furniture, household items and toys in the home." Possibly the first most will notice is the display of arrowheads and tool points which have been mounted and cataloged by Curator Pam Klingerman. She has separated the items by era and labeled them explaining the origin and purpose of each item. The third major new display is a mural painted by Kelly Poling picturing an Indian village by a small river, perhaps even the Grand. The painting features tepees, crude huts and the Indians themselves working at various tasks. This is the third mural by Poling at the museum, including two that were added last season to the east room that had previously been storage turned into what Chillicothe's main street might have been.

The museum has also expanded their hours this season by adding Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. to its Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. schedule beginning on Wednesday, April 4. It will be open for those hours each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday through October. Make plans to attend the Sunday Open House and spend the afternoon learning about the history of Chillicothe and Livingston County. The museum will be open Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and will have free punch and cookies. There is no charge for admission.

Season of Change
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C-T Photo / Amanda McKay

With the addition of a bedroom, a bathroom and then a dinning room, "Grandma' House" is coming to fruition, with walls being erected from bead board and a chair rail. Where might "Grandma's House" be? The Grand River Historical Society Museum is once again changing things up by recreating their center display area. The new displays will be on showcase for the 2012 museum season.

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