Preble County Historical Society.

Welcome to our Online Center. For our most current news updates, see below. To learn more about our operations, please use the navigation above. Thanks for visiting our site. We hope you come visit us in Preble County, Ohio! Soon!

PCHS Annual Meeting 2015 • April 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Preble County Fine Arts Center


The Annual Meeting WAS HELD Sunday, April 12, at the

The following service awards were presented: Lifetime Dedication Award; Years of Service Award; Sara Swartsel Volunteer of the Year Award; Business of the Year Award; New Volunteer of the Year Award.Preble County Fines Arts Center, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

•• Yearly Meeting Minutes 2014
••• Yearly Meeting Minutes 2015

The Guest Speaker, Monica Rakovan gave an excellent presentation and overview of the recent Aukerman Creek Restoration Project.

See the Photo Gallery of this Event!


Preble County Herb Society UPDATES

Herbal Tea Luncheon. April 11, 2015 PHOTO GALLERY: See all the photos from this great event. Presentation this year was "The Language of Flowers" presented by Janell Foust.

Preble County Herb Society SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Spring Schedule.

21 May - Glenda's Gardens

2 June - Governor's Mansion and Garden Tour; Lunch in German Village and Tour of Conifer Garden (tentative)

After 2 June, we will meet again in August 2015.


Antique Study Group... Meeting Review and Schedule!

A big thanks to Harold Bussell for his wonderful talk last night at the Antique Study Group on “Mills, Stills, Taverns, and Temperance; Preble County, Ohio 1800 to 1920”. Harold sparked great conversation and interest amongst the 14 guests that attended the meeting. He enlightened all of us on just how prolific the legal production of alcohol was 150 to 175 years ago in Preble County and throughout the United States. It was also unique to hear the many prominent Preble County family names that were involved in taverns and/or the distillation of alcohol; two of which are “Hall of Honor” recipients! I would also like to thank Sheryl Arnett for providing the great fruit and snacks for the group.
Our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 pm at the Preble County Historical center. Our new director, Misti Spillman will be our guest speaker and the topic will be on “Cemetery Restoration and Gravestone Cleaning”. Misti, who has her BA in Archeology from the University of Evansville and her MA in Public History from Wright State has been involved in cemetery gravestone restoration for the past 5 years. This should be a very interesting topic and if you know others that may want to attend, pass this onto them! Please contact Misti at if you plan on attending on May 5th.

Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair

Again, RSVP to director Misti Spillman at if you plan on attending, and please pass this information onto others that may be interested. (Our May 5th topic will be “Gravestones and Cemetery Restoration” presented by our new director Misti Spillman.)

The Aukerman Creek Restoration Project

The Aukerman Creek restoration project exemplifies our efforts in continuing this mission. Aukerman Creek was named after John Aukerman (History 1881). In 1804 he settled at the mouth of what since has been known as Aukerman Creek. His legacy has endured throughout the history of Preble County along with the creek.

Aukerman Creek, a tributary within the Twin Creek Watershed, travels through the Preble County Historical Society nature reserve . Sections of the stream have deteriorated and severe erosion has become a paramount concern, threatening infrastructure in the area. Several stream banks of Aukerman Creek are experiencing mass wasting. The rate of the erosion in this area is estimated to be at 1.04 tons per year for every linear foot of stream bank ( 2014).


Preble County Covered Bridge Photography Contest

Entries Due May 15, 2015
The Preble County Convention & Visitors Bureau
and the Visual Art Center of Preble County
are excited to encourage area Photographers to share their talents.

READ the details and download the PDF FORM.

The PCHS is a non-profit corporation organized in 1971 with the mission to promote knowledge of Preble County and Ohio history. We are dedicated to collect, preserve, display, and to maintain materials and objects of all types which have historical interest and significance to Preble County and Ohio.

PCHS is a membership organization composed of active members who pay annual membership dues. The society is governed by the board of trustees elected by the members at the annual meeting.  


To see the latest News at The Preble County Historical Society, please visit our "News & Information" Page.