Ohio Local History Alliance Local Meeting Report

Click here to read a letter from Pam, the SAHS President.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday September 20th, 7pm
Jennifer Archer discussing the Red Bird Art Walk

We have a speaker for the SAHS meeting next Wednesday, Sept. 20th. Jennifer Archer, the Executive Director of the Sylvania Art Commission will be our speaker. She will be discussing the Red Bird Art Walk, as well as the other exciting events that the commission has planned. All Sylvania residents are encouraged to attend. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. We will meet in the Carriage House, on the grounds of the Sylvania Heritage Museum at 5171 N. Main. Free and open to all. Please park in the public lots. 

Wednesday October 18th, 7pm
Toledo Ghost Hunters

Due to popular demand, The Sylvania Area Historical Society welcomes back the Toledo Ghost Hunters.
Harold St. John (co-founder), along with his crew will present their talk on Wednesday, October 18 th at 7
p.m. Come join us for some spooky, informative fun! The talk will take place at the Sylvania Heritage
Museum at 5717 N. Main St. Free and open to the public. Please park in the public lot.



Fallen Timbers to Celebrate Anniversary

The 225th anniversary celebration of The Battle of Fallen Timbers will take place August 16-20, 2019, at the site in Maumee, Ohio. Plans are being made now.

Please plan on attending this important event! More information will be available in the future, so watch this spot!


Fulton County Genealogical Society Meetings

Do you have Fulton County Ancestors? If so, you are invited to attend the Fulton County Genealogical Society Meetings. The next 2 are on May 9th and June 13th. Meetings are held at the Trinity Lutheran Church 410 Taylor St. in Delta, Ohio at 7 p.m.


Coming Soon: Time Capsule Services

The SAHS will soon be offering time capsule services to any family, organization, or business in the Sylvania area. We will be able to help obtain the necessary equipment, get the capsule registered, store copies of all pertinent information, and provide support assistance. Hopefully, this service will be available by early April. Please watch both, this site, and the Sylvania Advantage for more information.

The SAHS will have a semi-regular column in the Sylvania Advantage. Watch for articles on various history-related topics. If you have an idea for a story, please contact us.


Thank You to all who attended any of our AAUW sponsored lectures from our Women in History series. All of the speakers were fabulous. Due to the positive response, we are considering extending this program throughout the coming year.

The theme for this years' lecture/program series at the SAHS is..."Unsolved Mysteries." Please join us this March 18th as we present Jennifer Christiansen as Amelia Earhart. In May, we welcome Harold St. John, founder of the Toledo Ghost Hunters. The SAHS is still accepting donations for the repair/partial restoration of the Village Safe. Funds can be sent to: Liz Stover (Treasurer) SAHS 5717 N. Main St.

The SAHS general meetings/programs for next year are as follows: March, May, July, August (our annual picnic), September, and October. All programs start at 7 p.m.. Please join us! As are planning the programs for 2015, please watch for a fun family-friendly event in October.

Past Events


Saturday June 17th, 10am-4pm


The Historic Homes of Waterville Tour


Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at


Wednesday March 15th

Frank Myers and the sinking of The Titanic

The Sylvania Area Historical Society welcomes back local history buff Frank Myers. Frank will speak about the more unusual stories surrounding the sinking of The Titanic.   Please join us at the Sylvania Heritage Museum on Wed., March 15th at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

October 2016 - Toledo Ghost Hunters Return!

Due to popular request, Harold St. John, co-founder of the Toledo Ghost Hunters will return to the SAHS in October.

Wednesday September 21st

Please join us on Wednesday September 21st at 7pm as we welcome Michelle Sprott, the new Executive Director of the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce. Michelle will speak on the Chamber itself, the changes/events coming to Sylvania, how the average citizen can benefit from the Chamber, and what they do to enrich our city. We hope you can join us!

Wednesday July 20th

The SAHS welcomes local history buff Frank Myers to the Sylvania Heritage Museum on Wednesday, July 20th. Frank will speak on the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, as well as the comparisons/contrasts. Mr. Myers is on a personal mission to dispel the myths surrounding these tragic events. The program starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The talk is free, with goodwill donations cheerfully accepted. Please join us for this fun and interesting program.

Wednesday March 16th


The SAHS would like to welcome Anita Sanchez-Serda as the first speaker for the 2016 year. Ms. Sanchez-Serda is the Director of the Sylvania Area Family Services Center. She will speak on what it means to be a family in these challenging times. Information about the SAFS will also be presented. Please join us for this lecture, as it is sure to be interesting and informative. The talk is free, with goodwill donations always gratefully accepted. The Society is located in the Sylvania Heritage Museum at 5171 Main St. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the lecture at 7pm.

Friday December 4th and Saturday December 5th

Weekend of Holiday Cheer!

This fun, family-friendly event is sponsored by the Sylvania Arts Commission, The Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, and The Sylvania Historical Village.  Please bring hats, gloves, and scarves for "The Giving Tree" located in the mini park at the corner of Maplewood and Main.

Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 7 pm

Harold St John of The Toledo Ohio Ghost Hunters Society

The Sylvania Area Historical Society invites you to join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 7 p.m. sharp as we listen to Harold St. John, co-founder of the Toledo Ghost Hunters. Mr. St. John, who has been involved in paranormal research for over 4 decades, will present a power point show about the mission and work of the Ghost Hunters. A Q&A session will follow. This talk is sure to be popular, so please arrive early for good parking. The program will take place at the Heritage Museum, 5171 Main St. across from Reeb Funeral Home.  The program is free and open to the public, with good will donations to the SAHS graciously accepted.   Hope to see you there!

Harold writes: The Toledo Ohio Ghost Hunters Society is a paranormal investigation team located in Northwest, Ohio. We take a serious, scientific approach to investigating paranormal activity through documentation, research, and with the use of various state of the art electronic equipment. During our investigations we collect data in several ways (Photographs, Audio, Video recordings, EMF readings, Infrared Thermometers and logical explanations just to name a few). We do not charge anything for our services. We do not claim to have special abilities in the occult or psychic realm. We have over 20 years of paranormal investigation experience in both Residential and Commercial properties. Our techniques are based in science, not mysticism. We use a wide variety of scientific equipment to investigate, debunk, and gather potential evidence of paranormal activity.

Our team is made up of a wide range of investigators, from a variety of backgrounds. Our founders, Harold St John and Butch Leon, have over 35 years of investigative experience and have painstakingly built a specialized team to handle any type of potential haunting. No case is to large or to small. We are professionals. We do not have marked vehicles advertising our presence. The privacy of our clients is our primary concern, followed closely by their comfort. Our investigations are done discretely, and kept confidential. The cases and evidence you see within our web site are cases that we have been given permission to share with the public. In some cases names and locations may be changed. 
Thank You, 
Harold St John 
Toledo Ohio Ghost Hunters Society 


Wednesday July 15th, 2015 at 6pm

Please join us next Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 for a tour of Veterans' Memorial Field. Meet at the Heritage Museum at 6 p.m., and we will caravan to the Field. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday March 18th 2015 at 7pm

Jennifer Christensen will portray Amelia Earhart

The SAHS is kicking off our 2015 theme "Unsolved Mysteries" with an appearance by Amelia Earhart. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Wed. March 18th. Light refreshments will be served.

Jennifer Christensen has always been interested in aspects of history, especially strong female characters, so when she was given the opportunity to join AAUW's Women in History program and portray Amelia Earhart she jumped at the chance. Jennifer currently works in the Programming Department at the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Virginia before attending George Washington University to earn her Master's degree in Museum Education.


Wednesday July 16th at 7pm

Gail Conrad portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt

Check out this review of Gail Conrads's recent portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Wednesday September 17th at 7pm

Nelgene Randall will portray Annie Oakley

A wife, mother of four, and grandmother of nine, you would think she would be too busy to do re-enactments. Not!

Nelgene is an accomplished Dancer, golfer, and synchronized swimmer. As a good friend of the former president of the AAUW, Nelgene got involved in her role when the friend mentioned the need for women to educate the public by presenting historical figures. Gene was given the job as Annie Oakley because she had her own cowboy boots!

Wednesday October 15th at 7pm

Joanie Barrett will portray Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

Be sure not to miss this portrayal of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first female Physician.