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The Museum was featured during the news on December 9, 2010, on WTOL Channel 11, Toledo.
March 18, 2011
Fulton County Museum
Wauseon, OH 43567
The Fulton County Historical Society in Wauseon, OH announces that the Fulton County Museum’s special exhibit, “Hell & Homefront: Civil War Through Fulton County Eyes”, will open on Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011 as part of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the United States Civil War. This five year project contains exhibits and educational programs on the history of Fulton County from the Underground Railroad movement in the 1830s through the reconstruction era. The exhibit is not a glorification of war, or particular battles, but show visitors the viewpoints of Fulton County citizens, both on the battle field, and those left behind at home. The museum’s extensive collection of Civil War era artifacts will be the centerpiece of this commemoration, including the epaulettes of Col. Ephraeus Lord Barber, the Tiffany & Co. Presentation sword of Col. Edwin Hayes, a surrender flag from the Cumberland Gap, and a civil war veteran’s snare drum.
The Fulton County Museum features 14 rooms showcasing permanent exhibits, including a rare Jacob Werry Blanket Chest and the infant cradle of race car driver Barney Oldfield, and changing displays dating from about 1820-1960. The museum and archives research room is located at 229 Monroe Street in downtown Wauseon, OH, 2 blocks west of N. Fulton St. on State Route 2 (Elm St), then one half block north on Monroe. Through Labor Day, the museum will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am – 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. For more information, call (419)337-7922 or visit the museum web site, atwww.fultoncountyhs.org.
December 2, 2010
Dear Mr. Swearingen,
Thank you for taking the time to express your support for House Bill 75, to allow taxpayers to contribute a portion of their income tax refunds to the Ohio Historical Society.
I am, and will continue to be, a supporter of history education in the state of Ohio. I am also a co-sponsor of the Senate version of the legislation, Senate Bill 60. HB 75 is currently awaiting a Senate floor vote, and if the bill comes to the floor for consideration, I will be sure to continue my support.
Once again, thank you for contacting my office. Please contact me again if I can be of assistance with this issue or any other matter.
The Ohio Historical Society plans to use the proposed revenues to create a competitive matching grants program for local history-related organizations like the Fulton County Historical Society. With a competitive matching grants program, the Ohio Historical Society would be able to match locally-raised private funds with a statewide pool of private funds to help fund preservation projects. This proposal would cost the state nothing and would make it easy for citizens to voluntarily direct private donations to the Ohio Historical Society.
Currently, taxpayer check-off programs exist for wildlife conservation, nature preserves,
scenic rivers and the protection of endangered species. Permitting a tax check-off to be
directed to the protection of our state’s history is consistent with what the state now
On December 17th 2009, House Bill 75 overwhelmingly passed the House by a 95-1
bipartisan vote. House Bill 75 is now being considered in the Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Gibbs (R-Lakeville).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alison Goldstein, The Rosen Group, for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Fulton County Museum
229 Monroe Street
Wauseon, OH 43567
Fulton County Museum Offers Free Admission on
Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day
--Museum Day 2010 Poised to be Largest to Date--
—Your Story, Our History, Pass it On!—
Wauseon, OH—On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Fulton County Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Toyota on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon. TK Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. A journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.
Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day 2009. Last year, two million visitors logged on to www.smithsonian.com/museumday to learn more about the program.
The Museum features 14 rooms showcasing permanent exhibits and changing displays dating from about 1820-1960. The museum and archives research room is located at 229 Monroe Street in downtown Wauseon, OH, 2 blocks west of N. Fulton St. on State Route 2 (Elm St), then one half block north on Monroe. Through Labor Day, the museum is open on Tuesdays from 1 – 7pm, Wednesday through Friday from 10am – 4pm, and on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. For more information, call (419)337-7922 or visit the museum web site, at www.fultoncountyhs.org.
This year, Toyota will enhance the Museum Day experience both in Smithsonian magazine and online, with elements like the “Featured Five,” a listing that encourages visitors to learn about and visit participating museums and venues. Additionally, for each visitor who inquires about the new Toyota Avalon online, Toyota will donate $1—up to $10,000 total—to museum programming nationwide.
The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.
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E.L. Hayes Collection
c. 1862 - 1865
Gift of William & Charlotte Terry, 2010
This collection of Civil War and personal memorabilia once
owned by Wauseon native, Edwin Lewis Hayes, fourth
cousin to President Rutherford B. Hayes, is being donated by
his great-great-great grandson to the Fulton County Historical
Society in a ceremony at 6:30 pm on the South Stage of the
Wauseon Homecoming on Friday, August 6. Hayes’
daughter, Hortensia, is attributed with naming the town after
the native chief, Wa-se-on.
Among the collection is a presentation sword, commissioned by the town of Wauseon in the summer of 1862 from Tiffany & Company in New York City. The sword was presented by Mayor Jewell to then, Major E.L. Hayes, who was leaving his post as city councilman and his downtown business to recruit Fulton County men to form the 100th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The 100th fought throughout the south, and were even held as prisoners of war at one point during the war.
The collection will be part of the Fulton County Museum’s special exhibit, “Hell & Homefront: Civil War Through Fulton County Eyes,” opening in the spring of 2011 as part of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the United States Civil War. This five year project will contain exhibits, educational programs, and a publication on the history of Fulton County from the underground railroad movement in the 1830s through the reconstruction era. The project will not be a glorification of war, or particular battles, but show visitors the viewpoints of Fulton County citizens, both on the battle field, and those left behind at home. The museum’s extensive collection of Civil War era artifacts will be the centerpiece of this commemoration.
The Fulton County Museum features 14 rooms showcasing
permanent exhibits and changing displays dating from about
1820-1960. The museum and archives research room is
located at 229 Monroe Street in downtown Wauseon, OH, 2
blocks west of N. Fulton St. on State Route 2 (Elm St), then
one half block north on Monroe. Through Labor Day, the
museum is open on Tuesdays from 1 – 7 pm, Wednesday
through Friday from 10 am – 4 pm, and on Saturdays from
10 am – 2 pm. For more information, call (419) 337-7922 or
visit the museum web site, atwww.fultoncountyhs.org.
History of the 100th Regiment Infantry
Organized in July and August, 1862, under Colonel John C. Groom, it served in Kentucky until September, 1863, when it marched to East Tennessee. On the 4th of September a detachment of the Regiment, two hundred and forty strong, was captured by the enemy and sent to Richmond. The Regiment participated in the defense of Knoxville, and in the spring of 1864 marched with the 23d Corps, joined Sherman's Atlanta campaign, and was engaged in almost every battle from Rocky Face Ridge to Atlanta. In an assault upon Atlanta, August 6th, it lost one hundred and three men. It joined in the pursuit of Hood and was at the battles of Franklin and Nashville, afterwards moving into North Carolina. The Regiment was mustered out July 1, 1865.
From Dyer's Compendium
100th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Toledo, Ohio,
July to September, 1862. Ordered to Cincinnati, Ohio, September 8,
thence to Covington, Ky., and duty there till October 8. Attached to 2nd
Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to October,
1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of Kentucky, to January, 1863.
District of Central Kentucky, Dept. Ohio, to June, 1863. 2nd Brigade,
1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army Ohio, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade,
4th Division, 23rd Army Corps, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd
Division, 23rd Army Corps, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division,
23rd Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to June, 1865.
Companies by County
Company A Wood County
County listing from Steve Ward's Buckeyes All Part V Revised.
Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.
More about the Civil War in Ohio.
Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens
Last updated July 4 2006
Decorated Blanket Chest
By Jacob Werrey (7/20/1838 – 8/30/1893)
German Township, Fulton County, Ohio
January 23, 1890
Acquisition made possible through the Lowell Yoder Family Foundation, 2010
This Signed piece of poplar construction, with original decorative grain painted finish, and green feet and moldings is further decorated on the front with a pot of flowers and initialed "S. S. 1890" (presumed purchaser of chest) in two colors of Bronzing powder.
Wes Cowan, founder and owner of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. and star of PBS televisions series “History Detectives” writes,
“In Ohio, painted blanket chests primarily were made in the northern part of the state. Most were made by unknown craftsmen, though Mennonite Jacob Werrey was an exception.
Mr. Lowell Yoder, left, with chest and society president, Carl Buehrer, right
The Peter “Werry” family first shows up in an 1840 German Township census, indicating Peter as a farmer with a wife and 4 children. In 1850, Peter recorded his birthplace as Germany, and Catherine’s as Switzerland -- implying that they were part of the Lauber Hill Mennonite Community that began in the county. After their father’s death in 1859, the unmarried Werrey children helped farm their mother, Catherine’s farm. After her death in 1874, Jacob is shown in the 1880 census living with a Hochstetler family in Elkhart, IN., and in 1888, a county atlas shows a very tiny lot east of the village of Burlington being owned by Jacob alone, presumably the carpentry shop where this piece was made. Werrey died of “paralysis” 7 days after collapsing while painting a house with his helper. Cowan continues concerning Werrey’s work,
“Werrey's chest production seems to have taken place between 1863 and his death. His furniture was painstakingly crafted in the Germanic tradition and is in every aspect equal to examples of similar heritage from other regions. Using various shades of red and ochre paint, his "grained" designs are acknowledged by collectors to be some of the most masterful of the Midwestern makers.”
Approximately twenty pieces of Werry-made furniture survive. Werrey`s earliest chests often had simpler painted decoration, while his later work, was much bolder and more elaborate. His stenciling also became fancier, as he incorporated a vase with flowers and wheat, typically flanked by initials, and with the date underneath. Most of his pieces are blanket chests (or miniature blanket chests) with heavy moldings and turned feet; of these blanket chests, green painted moldings and feet seem to have remained standard throughout his career. Other case type furniture by Werrey is exceedingly rare, with purportedly six surviving examples known to exist in museums and private collections.
One Werrey chest appeared in the 1984 “Made in Ohio” exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Blanket Chest, Jacob Werrey, 1890
2010.10 Acquisition Made Possible through the Lowell Yoder Foundation
The Werrey Blanket Chest is currently on display in the exhibit, “Fulton County Treasures” along with the baby cradle of race car driver, Barney Oldfield, several presidential signature documents, and other unique items from around the county. The Museum features 14 rooms showcasing permanent exhibits and changing displays dating from about 1820-1960. The museum and archives research room is located at 229 Monroe Street in downtown Wauseon, OH, 2 blocks west of N. Fulton St. on State Route 2 (Elm St), then one half block north on Monroe. Through Labor Day, the museum is open on Tuesdays from 1 – 7pm, Wednesday through Friday from 10am – 4pm, and on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. For more information, call (419)337-7922 or visit the museum web site, at www.fultoncountyhs.org.
Fulton County Museum on the Road, Down the Road
Sauder Village’s Museum building now contains a newly re-installed exhibit entitled, “Expressions of Grief” centered on its horse-drawn funeral hearse. The Fulton County Museum has contributed several funeral related objects for the display, including a commemorative pocket watch chain made from human hair, a photograph of the carriage used for the funeral of Fulton County native and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Joel Brigham, and a G.A.R. ribbon worn by a Civil War veteran during grave-side services.
The Sauder Village Museum contains over 1,000 different artifacts ranging from carriages, automobiles, household appliances, farm equipment, glassware and toys. Permanent exhibits located within the building include, “Erie Sauder: A Man Who Made a Difference”, and “Natives and Newcomers” featuring what remains of the Winameg Council Oak Tree.
building will also house a special weekend, entitled, “Preserving our
Memories” on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, (saudervillage.org/Creativity/events.asp#Memories
) featuring a display by our organization.
The Museum is open now through October 31, 2010.
Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
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