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Monroe Historical Society

Local Contact:
  Joyce Tannreuther

Phone Number:  513-539-7310

Meeting Location:  Mt. Pleasant Activity building

Monroe Historical Society's new building construction picks up

Work on the new Monroe Historical Society's museums is picking up now that the weather is good for construction work.  The new building, adjacent to the original museum on Elm Street, just off Main Street in Monroe, will be a one and one half story home built to look like the Old Chickahominy House in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Artifacts to be displayed include Civil War letters, clothes and photographs.

Some of the labor used to build the museum has been donated along with donations of money and materials.  Jim Price donated the site and General Electric provided $19,050 in matching funds to the project.  Funds are also being raised by selling bricks to pave a walkway in front of the building.  The bricks will be engraved with personal, club or company names and are selling for $50.  To purchase a brick, pick up a form at either First National Bank or Firstar Bank in Monroe or at the Monroe City Building.

Below are pictures of the construction site.  Place your mouse over it to start the slide show. 

Ground Breaking for New Building!
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Plans for the new museum are progressing.  $155,000 is needed to build the museum annex and $118,000 has been raised!  Ground breaking is planned for spring.  Your help is needed to help us reach our goal.  Send your tax-deductible donation to the Monroe Historical Society, P.O. Box 82, Monroe, OH 45050.  

On Sunday, December 5th, the Monroe Historical Society held it's annual Christmas Dinner at Houston's Restaurant.  Thirty-three members and guests attended.  The beautiful 1999 quilt, "Feathered Star and Carolina Lily" was won by Emma Humanic of Wiclow Lane in Monroe.  The sale of quilt tickets raised $2,136.00, after expenses, to support the museum.  

bout the Monroe Historical Society:

Early in 1967 Monroe was planning the Sesquicentennial (150 years) celebration of the village.  It was decided at that time to form a local historical society, obtain a charter from the State of Ohio and let this organization sponsor the celebration.  On May 11, 1967, the Monroe Historical Society was formally organized.

As all the activity planning the Sesquicentennial was underway, Bill Robinson, an industrial/commercial land developer, was buying land for a proposed automobile plant in Monroe.  While tearing down an old farmhouse on the land an old log cabin was discovered in the structure of the farmhouse.  The Monroe Historical Society was contacted and agreed that the log cabin should be saved.  The cabin was taken apart log by log and each one carefully numbered.  The log cabin was reassembled in the Monroe Community Park over a two-year period with  volunteer help.

The Monroe Historical Society maintains the log cabin and several events take place there each year.  In May, the historical society provides a beans and cornbread lunch for little league baseball players and their families on opening day of the season.  In May we host the Monroe Elementary School third graders.  Members of the society portray the founders of Monroe and teach the students what life in early 1800’s was like.

In July the Monroe Historical Society holds its general meeting at the log cabin with a "Picnic in the Park".  In the fall the society makes apple butter which is sold at CityFest.

The historical society has been at our present location for nine years and we have outgrown it.  Land adjacent to the museum has been donated to us by the owner and we are planning to build a "museum annex", a beautiful 1˝ story house.  This will enable us to accept more and larger donations and enable us to preserve and protect more of Monroe’s past for future generations.

The museum is open every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  During this time ladies of the society hold a "quilting bee".  They make a beautiful quilt which is given away the first Sunday in December each year.  The money generated from the sale of quilt tickets helps to support the museum and its operation.  Membership in the Monroe Historical Society is $5.00 per person per year.

For more information call the museum at 539-2270.

Some examples of what the Historical Society has on view.  

Antique Clothing

Styles of the Time

Antique Furniture

A Monroe Quilt

Old Photographs

A One Man Sleigh

Old Items and Paraphernalia

Old Tools and Utensils

The Future Historical Society Building

Historical Society Building in 1910
For more photographs of Monroe's past visit our "Then and Now" section.

If you or anyone you know has information about the Historical Society or Monroe history,  please submit your information here

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