Preble County Historical Society.

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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.  

Herbal Tea Luncheon
Saturday, April 11th • 11:30 am
Hosted by
PCHS Herb Society
Preble County Historical Center
7693 Swartsel Road • Eaton, OH 45320

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

The Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, April 12, at the Preble County Fines Arts Center, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Guest Speaker will be Monica Rakovan with a presentation and overview of the recent Aukerman Creek Restoration Project.

Once again the following service awards will be 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.

We ask that ALL PCHS Members please join in the meeting. Also, we as that ALL PCHS MEMBERS consider NOMINATING individuals or groups for the PCHS Service Awards.

Members will be receiving notification of this event by email or vial U.S. Postal.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Please send nominations to PCHS AWARDS


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 Herb Society SCHEDULE of EVENTS

19 March - Herbal Tea Tastings

20 March - Cox Arboretum - Hypertufa and sand casting - Tentative

11 April - Herb Tea

16 April - Dream Pillows

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.

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.

Spillman named as new Director

Eaton, Ohio - Preble County Historical Society’s board of trustees announces the appointment of Misti Spillman as the nonprofit’s new executive director. Spillman took over the helm on December 15.
Spillman has experience in virtually all facets of historical museum and archives management. Most recently she served as education director of The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta, Ohio, and at the Ohio Historical Society as Americorps Historian. At Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio, Spillman served as assistant director and archivist.
“It is exciting to join an organization with so many assets, including a creative board, dedicated volunteers, and rich historical collections,” Spillman commented. “I look forward to building upon PCHS’s strong reputation, educational impact, and legacy of achievement. We want to cultivate a strong, multi-generational model that will be enjoyed by our community for decades to come.”


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