Powell Liberty Historical Society

A window into the past of Powell and Liberty Township

Past Programs and Events


 

Date
November 14, 2022
Title
Powell and the Civil War
Presenter
Amanda Henning, Manager Powell Library, PLHS volunteer
Summary
In keeping with Veterans day, Mandy presented a very interesting program about her passion, the Civil War. Highlighted was Thomas Hall who played a significant role in Powell history, and his 7 sons all of whom served in the Civil War in some capacity. Her presentation ended with a touching tribute to some of Powell veterans of all wars over the years.

 

Date
November 11, 2022
November 12, 2022
Title
Pioneer Encampment
Presenter
R J Basista, pioneer reenactor
Summary
For the first time in the five years since the pioneer encampment has been held on the Martin- Perry House lawn, we had to cancel some of our planned activities. The Friday evening bonfire, in the midst of major rain from hurricane Nicole, had to be cancelled, but inspite of cold, damp and snow flurry weather on Saturday, events went on as scheduled. RJ and four other reenactors were on hand to talk about pioneer life to those who braved the weather. Some of the activities were moved inside where it was warm and dry. The inclement weather just made the experience more authentic. Pioneer life was not easy. We're hoping for better weather the next time.

 

Date
October 10, 2022
Title
Life on Big Bear Farms
Presenter
Diane Cordial, wife, and daughters of Charles Cordial, Manager of Big Bear Farms
Summary
Diane Cordial, wife of Charles, manager of Big Bear Farms from the 1960'a through the 1980's and their 4 daughters shared with us what life was like living on the Farm. Highlighted was a brief history of the Big Bear Farms, many precious memories and story of Diane's famous state fair winning cherry pie. This program was pre recorded.

Date
September 12, 2022
Title
Liberty Presbyterian Church, A Local Historic Gem
Presenter
Tracey Scott
Summary
The evening was perfect for our September program at the Liberty Presbyterian Church. We gathered in the chapel of the original church for a presentation by Tracy Scott about the history of the church. After sharing many historic facts and anecdotes, Tracy invited us to wander through the church cemetery to look for graves of original settlers. The evening was topped off with a tour of the beautiful barn church built in 1995.

 

Date
August 29, 2022
Title
Rescheduled Walking Tour of Powell Cemetery
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
Once again storms in the area threatened to interfere with our scheduled cemetery tour. However, there was a gap in clouds hovering over the Powell area just long enough so we were able to proceed. In case of a last minute cancellation we were prepared to show the previously recorded tour in the Martin-Perry house as we did in June. With the sun shining, Sherry led an enthusiastic group through the cemetery highlighting graves of many past influential Powell residents who played a role in the development of Powell. After the tour everyone returned to Martin-Perry house for cool refreshments.

 

Date
August 08, 2022
Title
Waking Tour of Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
It started as a beautiful summer evening for a stroll through downtown Powell with Sherry Carmichael but the weather had other plans. A storm rolled through about half way through the walk forcing a quick return to the Martin Perry House. Sherry finished her narration of Powell history in the meeting room followed by tours of the house, refreshments, and pleasant conversation.

 

Date
July 20, 2022
Title
Irena Carpenter's Journal - A Woman's Perspective on Traveling to the Ohio Territory
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael, DCHS volunteer
Summary
This recorded program of historical fiction, developed for the Delaware County Historical Society, tells the story of Irena Carpenter, wife of Nathan Carpenter, the first white family to settle in the county in what is now Liberty Township. Sherry portrays Irena Carpenter, who came here with her husband and 10 children in 1801. She presents a woman's perspective of coming to the wilderness of the Ohio Territory. Sherry wrote the script for the video and portrayed Irena. The story is based on documented facts, where available, and incorporates plausible guesses where the information is not known.

 

Date
July 11, 2022
Title
Walking Tour of Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
Once again it was a beautiful summer evening for a stroll through downtown Powell with Sherry Carmichael. Sherry shared her knowledge of Powell history, highlighting historic structures and many interesting anecdotes that are part of Powell's rich history. After the walking tour, participants returned to the Martin- Perry House for refreshments and pleasant conversation. There will be another tour in August. Look for details soon.

 

Date
June 30, 2022
Title
PLHS Has a New Flagpole
Presenter
NA
Summary
Thanks to a grant from the Delaware County Foundation funded by the Jack and Jane Van Fossen fund, PLHS has a new flagpole. The new pole is a big improvement and really complements the house. Thanks to the Foundation and to Jane Van Fossen for the continued support.

 

Date
June 29, 2022
Title
Powell Parks and Recreation Campers Visit the Martin-Perry House
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael and the Parks and Rec Campers
Summary
Twenty-seven campers participating in the Powell Park and Recreation Department's summer camp program visited the Martin-Perry House for a glimpse of life 100 years ago. It was a beautiful day for new experiences.

 

Date
June 13, 2022
Title
Walking Tour of the Powell Cemetery
Presenter
Tour leader, Sherry Carmichael, 6th generation Powell resident and Powell Liberty Historical Society volunteer
Summary
With potentially dangerous storms brewing, the decision was made to cancel the walking tour of the Powell cemetery to avoid the risk of getting caught in the storm. Instead we gathered in the meeting room at the Martin-Perry to watch the recorded video of last year's tour. Taking a virtual tour was not ideal, but it allowed us to proceed and avoid the storm risk. Our tour guide, Sherry Carmichael shared interesting comments and anecdotes allowing the participants time for questions and interact with each other. Many thanks to our videographer, Allen Miller, for sharing the video. At the end of the virtual tour, we enjoyed some cool refreshments and pleasant conversation. The tour has been reschedule for August 29, 2022. Reservations will be required. Those who had registered for the June tour will be given preference. Details will be provided later.

 

Date
June 08, 2022
June 12, 2022
June 15, 2022
June 22, 2022
June 26, 2022
Title
June Bridal Gown Tour
Presenter
Delaware County History Network
Summary
NA

 

Date
June 08, 2022
Title
Realtor Care Day, 2022
Presenter
Powell Area Real Estate Association
Summary
Volunteers from the Powell Area Real Estate Association spent the morning of June 8, 2022 removing plants that were beyond their prime, planting new bushses and trees, spreading gravel in the parking lot, and generally improving the landscaping. Their contribution of time and resources is creatly appreciated.

 

Date
May 14, 2022
Title
Colleagues of the Late Jo Cornish Gerwig Prepare the MPH Gardens for the Season
Presenter
Volunteers from Farmers Insurance
Summary
Colleagues of the late Jo Cornish Gerwig from Farmers Insurance volunteered their time and provided the materials to prepare the MPH gardens for the season. Jo was a long-time member of PLHS and the daughter of Louise Cornish, one of the founding members of the society. The generosity of the Farmers group is greatly appreciated.

 

Date
May 09, 2022
Title
Beyond Peter Rabbit
Presenter
Linda Foster, retired teacher
Summary
Most of us are familiar, or at least have heard of, the Peter Rabbit children's books written by Beatrix Potter. However, how many of us know about the life of Beatrix beyond Peter Rabbit? Linda introduced us to this amazing woman who throughout the years was an author, illustrator, painter, business woman, farmer, naturalist and conservationist. She left a long and varied legacy. We thank Linda Foster for sharing with us the life of this most interesting and talented woman, Beatrix Potter.

 

Date
April 18, 2022
Title
Living History re-enactment of a French Voyageur
Presenter
Tim Kreps, retired teacher and history re-enactor
Summary
With a ring in his nose and an ostrich feather in his hat, Tim Kreps became Henri, the voyageur fur trader who welcomed us into his trade encampment. We were introduced to Indian artifacts and the furs traded for the white man's conveniences. Henri also showed us how to magically start a fire with flint and steel, and how warm the capote was for those long cold winter nights. To top off the living history program, Henri took us outside on the side lawn to demonstrate the loud crack of a flintlock rifle. We thank Tm Kreps for taking us back in time to the era of the fur trade in North America.

 

Date
March 14, 2022
Title
A History of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Presenter
Dr. Michael Kreger, VP of Conservation and Sustainability, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Summary
Dr. Kreger took us back almost 100 years when the Wolfe family first provided a home for a few reindeer, Little did they know then that this small reindeer haven would grow into a prominent zoo with more than 600 species it houses today. Along this virtual historic journey many Zoo milestones were highlighted, like the birth and death of Colo, and the establishment of several exhibits that we enjoy visiting today. Over the years the Columbus Zoo has progressively marched forward to gain an international reputation for excellence in animal care, conservation, and education. A gem in our own backyard for sure.

 

Date
February 14, 2022
Title
For the Love of Chocolate
Presenter
Gretchen Curtis, retired pediatric nurse after 36 years mostly in Denver, Colorado, currently a resident of Powell and Lakeside.
Summary
On Valentine's Day Gretchen Cutis treated us to an entertaining program, "For the Love of Chocolate". What better day to celebrate chocolate than on this special day? She discussed the history of chocolate, where and how it is grown and harvested, its introduction as a treat for the wealthy and how it became more widely distributed for the enjoyment of people around the globe. Throughout the presentation words of wisdom related to chocolate, samples of chocolate advertisements and how to maximize the health benefits of chocolate made us smile. Whether one of those who eats chocolate every day or only occasionally, by the end of the program, a new appreciation for chocolate was gained by all. To top it off, Gretchen encouraged us to try our own "taste testing" based on the percentage of cocoa butter. A yummy challenge indeed.

 

Date
December 04, 2021
Title
PLHS Holiday Events
Presenter
PLHS Volunteers
Summary
PLHS Volunteers prepared home made cookies to distribute to children when they stopped by to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Powell Municipal Building on December 4. They also coordinated refreshments for a reception for volunteers, board members and guests that was held at the Martin-Perry House the following day.

 

Date
November 08, 2021
Title
Powell and Liberty Township War Veterans
Presenter
Marilyn Battin, Amanda Henning and Sherry Carmichael, PLHS volunteers
Summary
In keeping with Veterans Day celebrations Marilyn Battin, Amanda Henning and Sherry Carmichael presented a program about local war veterans. Highlighted were several men and women of Liberty Township who served their country from the Revolutionary War through the Korean War. The program utilized the historical society's personal photos, diaries, and other memorabilia all of which brought alive what life was like in the community during wartime. Powell can be proud of the many men and women who served, and continue to serve today, their country honorably.

 

Date
October 02, 2021
Title
Ohio Frontier Encampment
Presenter
R J Basista, re-enactor
Summary
Once again R.J. Basista, re-enactor, set up a frontier encampment at the Martin - Perry House, home to the Powell Liberty Historical Society. This year, R. J.'s 6 year old son Parker joined him for the day. Parker enjoyed all of the festivities and no doubt is a future pioneer reenactor in the making. R. J. was available all day to talk about life during the frontier days. There were hands on activities, information and demonstrations. The threat of rain hovered, but held off until the end of the day. A good time was had by all. We look forward to another frontier days event next year.

 

Date
September 13, 2021
Title
An interview with Don Bell
Presenter
Don Bell, former Powell resident
Summary
Don Bell, who grew up in Powell during the 1930s and 40s, shared with us sometimes touching and poignant, and many times humorous stories of his childhood life in Powell. Memories of former Powell residents enrich the history of the city we call home and we thank Don for sharing with us. In addition to the primary interview video, there is an additional short video with a few more of Don's stories. The extras can be found from the meeting details or the list of videos.

 

Date
August 09, 2021
Title
Walking Tour of Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
Another fine summer evening walking through downtown Powell was enjoyed by many. The walking tour was led by our own PLHS volunteer and life long resident of Powell, Sherry Carmichael. Many original buildings, still standing today, were highlighted along with several interesting anecdotes. After the tour, refreshments were enjoyed on the Martin Perry House lawn.

 

Date
August 01, 2021
Title
Eagle Scout Service Project
Presenter
Teyton Halker
Summary
Teyton Halker, under the mentorship of PLHS Board member Tom Coffey, painted the floor of the front porch of the Martin-Perry House, rebuilt the sign post, and constructed a new sign to fulfull the service project requirement for the rank of Eagle Scout. The Society is most grateful to Teyton and his fellow troop mates for performing these tasks.

 

Date
July 12, 2021
Title
Walking Tour of Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
Sherry Carmichael, life long Powell resident once again led us on an educational tour of downtown Powell. Sherry shared her knowledge of Powell history, highlighting historic structures and many interesting anecdotes that are part of Powell's rich history. After the walking tour, participants returned to the Martin Perry House for tasty refreshments and pleasant conversation. There will be another tour in August. Look for details soon.

 

Date
June 18, 2021
Title
Powell Parks and Rec Campers Visit the Martin-Perry House
Presenter
Carole Wilhelm and Marilyn Battin
Summary
Several campers participating in the Powell Parks and Recreation Department summer camp program visited the Martin-Perry House on Friday June 18, 2021 to learn a little Powell History. They toured the house and grounds, participated in a scavenger hunt, and enjoyed snickerdoodles before heading back.

 

Date
June 14, 2021
Title
Walking tour of Powell Cemetery
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
Sherry Carmichael, 6th generation Powell resident, led an enthusiastic group on a Powell cemetery tour. Highlighted were several graves of Powell founding fathers and prominent citizens. Charlene Baggs, Tom Coffey and Shayne Pendleton presented a few of the interesting anecdotes. Some in the group participated in a fun scavenger hunt. At the end of the tour several gathered at the Martin- Perry house for refreshments to top off a perfect summer evening.

 

Date
May 10, 2021
Title
All Men Should Be Free
Presenter
Ronald St. Pierre, Associate Vice President and Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, history buff, and character impersonator.
Summary
Dr. Ronald St. Pierre, Associate V P and Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, portrayed Reverend John Rankin, pastor of the Free Presbyterian church if Ripley, Ohio, who took us back in time to 1851. We attended a lecture by Rev. Rankin sponsored by the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society. Rev. Rankin shared his views on slavery and some of his experiences in the anti-slavery movement, and the underground railroad. It was a very interesting and lively lecture.

 

Date
May 01, 2021
Title
Spring Cleanup of the Martin-Perry Homestead Gardens
Presenter
Farmers Insurance Employees and Powell Area Garden Club Members
Summary
For the fourth year, volunteers from the Farmers Insurance Co. and members of the Powell Area Garden Club joined together to spruce up the Martin-Perry Homestead grounds and gardens. The Farmers employees perform this service in memory of Jo Cornish-Gerwig who was a colleague at Farmers and a long time active member of both the Powell Liberty Historical Society and the Powell Area Garden Club. Their service is very much appreciated.

 

Date
April 12, 2021
Title
A Look At Ohio's Historic Barns
Presenter
Dan Troth, Vice Presiden, wwwt of Friends of Ohio Barns
Summary
Dan shared with us many before and after photos of current barn restorations throughout the state, as well as some interesting old photos of past barn raisings and preservations. Also featured was the story of the passage in 2018, of the Ohio Barn Bill, making the barn the official architectural symbol of Ohio. Dan's testimony and the work of four Westerville school students were instrumental in it's passage. If you are interested in seeing preserved and restored barns in the Ohio rural landscape, you may want to check out the Friends of Ohio Barns website www.friendsofohiobarns.org.

 

Date
March 08, 2021
Title
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
Presenter
Alice Frazier, retired MD and Delaware County Historical Society volunteer
Summary
Dr. Frazier gave us the story of the 1918 influenza pandemic, better known as the Spanish Flu, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. Included were the pandemic's relationship to WWI, why it happened, and if it could happen again. Knowing that it indeed could happened again, Dr. Frazier compared the many similarities of the current COVID 19 pandemic with that of 1918.

 

Date
February 08, 2021
Title
100 Miles Downstream
Presenter
Brett Carmichael, Architectural Historian
Summary
Brett took us on an interesting journey down the Scioto River to the "100 Mile House" in Portsmouth, Ohio. We learned how the property received its moniker, the connection to Ohio River navigation, and its surprising connection to Delaware County and other points of interest. Brett's company was hired to prepare the nomination to place the property on the National Register of Historic Places. Registration is expected momentarily.

 

Date
November 09, 2020
Title
Homefront Knitting Supported WW I and WW II Troops
Presenter
Gretchen Curtis, retired pediatric nurse after 36 years mostly in Denver, Colorado, currently a resident of Powell and Lakeside.
Summary
Using photos, Gretchen Curtis revealed the support provided by women, men and children knitting to support military troops during WW I and WW II. The photos illustrated knitters at work making garments sent to the troops, knitting instruction manuals, and advertisements to promote home front activities. This program was originally developed and presented to honor the Lakeside Women's Club's 15th year of knitting blankets for an organization called "Warm Up America". The women's club makes more than 30 blankets to donate every year. Because of Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, this program was prerecorded and available for streaming from the website .

 

Date
October 12, 2020
Title
The Story Behind the Stories. The House That Stratemeyer Built. Vintage Teen Age Super Sleuths
Presenter
Linda Foster, Ohio native, Worthington resident, retired teacher and history buff.
Summary
Via live streaming, Linda gave us a look at the "story behind the stories" of several vintage children's serial books. The new concept to create these serial books for children was conceived by Edward Stratemeyer whose idea was instantly accepted with enthusiasm. Many book series were published over the years. Maybe you have read some of them. At the end of her presentation, the minimal audience was tested on its super sleuth skills.

 

Date
September 11, 2020
September 12, 2020
Title
Ohio Frontier Encampment
Presenter
R J Basista and Greg Hudson, professional reenactors
Summary
For the third year in a row, R.J. Basista, professional reenactor set up a frontier encampment on the Martin Perry House yard. This year R.J. was joined by Bob Kashary from Brecksville and Tom Schultz from Sunbury, both fellow reenactors. Several joined R.J. on Friday evening for sharing music and stories around a camp fire. On Saturday the other reenactors joined R.J. for a whole day of exploring our past from the Revolutionary War, into the Ohio frontier and beyond. Included was something for all ages - information, demonstrations, and hand on activities. We look forward to a repeat next year.

 

Date
August 10, 2020
Title
Walking Tour of Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael, 6th generation Powell resident and long time PLHS volunteer
Summary
On August 10, 2020 Sherry Carmichael led several residents on another walking tour of the downtown. Enthusiasm among the participants wasn't dampened by the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions of wearing masks and safely distancing from each other. On the tour Sherry highlighted many historical buildings and offered interesting anecdotes. This annual event was educational, inspirational and an enjoyable way to spend a beautiful summer evening. A return to the Martin Perry House for refreshments and conversation topped off the evening.

 

Date
July 13, 2020
Title
Walking tour of downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael, 6th generation Powell resident and long time PLHS volunteer
Summary
Back by popular demand Sherry Carmichael led several residents on a walking tour of the downtown. Many historical buildings and interesting anecdotes were highlighted. This annual event is always educational, inspirational and an enjoyable way to spend a beautiful summer evening. A return to the Martin Perry House side lawn for refreshments and conversation topped off the evening. We look forward to another walking tour in August.

 

Date
July 11, 2020
Title
Farmers Insurance Volunteers Maintain the Martin-Perry House Gardens
Presenter
Farmers Insurance Volunteers
Summary
For the third year in a row, colleagues of the late Jo Cornish Gerwig from Farmers Insurance volunteered their time to spruce up the gardens at the Martin-Perry House. Jo was a founding member of the Society and a long-time employee of Farmers Insurance. Her co-workers perform this service in her memory. The effort was delayed this year by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the weather was perfect for a morning's work and the gardens have never looked better. We really appreciate the time and effort of these fantastic volunteers.

Date
June 08, 2020
Title
A Trip Down Memory Lane with Don
Presenter
Don Bell, former Powell resident
Summary
NA

 

Date
May 23, 2020
Title
Painting the Martin-Perry House Roof
Presenter
Mike Brattain
Summary
Mike Brattain and his assistant painted the roof of the Martin-Perry House as part of a grant provided by the Delaware County Foundation funded by the Sabatino Family and Jack and Jane VanFossen Funds.

Date
May 11, 2020
Title
A Look At Ohio Historic Barns
Presenter
Dan Troth, Vice President Friends of Ohio Barns
Summary
A Look at Ohio Historic Barns which was to be presented by Dan Troth, Vice President, Friends of Ohio Barns was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be rescheduled.

 

Date
May 03, 2020
Title
Images of the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact in Liberty Township
Presenter
NA
Summary
A few images illustrating the response to the isolation and social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parks and playgrounds were empty on a nice Sunday afternoon early in May 2020.

 

Date
May 03, 2020
Title
First Responders Porch Parade
Presenter
Liberty Township First Responders
Summary
Powell and Liberty Township honored and celebrated first responders in a weekend-long “porch parade” May 1-3, 2020. Liberty Township fire and EMS and Powell police vehicles traveled routes along main thoroughfares and through many neighborhoods in the township and city throughout the weekend, allowing residents to celebrate the efforts of these groups in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. “During the parade, residents in neighborhoods were encouraged to fly flags and make signs, draw chalk art in their driveways and cheer from inside or outside their homes,” Liberty Township PR Committee member Stacey Haney told Liberty Township trustees during an April 20 meeting. “It will be a nice event to get people out of the house and into their yards, to watch the parade go by and smile,” Haney said. “It won’t be long, but it’s something to look forward to.” ThisWeekNews.com April28, 2020

 

Date
March 09, 2020
Title
A Visit with Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln
Presenter
Robert and Barbara Brugler, historians and presenters
Summary
Robert and Barbara Brugler who portrayed Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln, took us into the past and described living in the white house during President Lincoln's days. Included were Lincoln's experiences in D. C., social and family life, and a bit of 1850's and '60's politics. It was an interesting, humorous and engaging conversation. Through dress and mannerisms, the Bruglers left the audience convinced that they had time traveled back 150 years to speak with the Lincolns. It was a very enjoyable evening.

 

Date
February 10, 2020
Title
Overview of The Scouting Program in Powell
Presenter
Abbie Oglebee and Gavin Bull, both high school students actively involved with the scouting program in Powell
Summary
Abbie and Gavin, both high school students actively involved in the scouting program, presented an overview of scouting and how it contributes to the Powell community. Highlighted was a summary of the projects they are currently working on.

 

Date
January 15, 2020
Title
Cub Scout Pack 248 Tours the Martin-Perry House
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael and Carole Wilhelm
Summary
Cub Scouts from Pack 248 and their parents toured the Martin Perry House on January 15, 2020. The tours were led by Sherry Carmichael and Carole Wilhelm.

 

Date
December 30, 2019
Title
Martin Descendants Visit the Martin-Perry House
Presenter
NA
Summary
Barbara Teague, Winifred Hafner, and Morgan Hafner toured the Martin Perry House on Dec. 30, 2019. Barbara is the daughter of Mildred Evans McNeal who was the daughter of Hazel Martin Evans Brim who was the daughter of Albert and Mary Martin. Winifred is Barbara's daughter and Morgan is Winifred's son. We were proud to host the great granddaughter, great great granddaughter, and great great great grandson of the original occupants of the house.

 

Date
December 07, 2019
Title
Open House and Tour of Martin Perry House, in conjunction with the City of Powell "Holidays in Powell"
Presenter
Powell Liberty Historical Society Volunteers
Summary
Powell Liberty Historical Society volunteers passed out cookies to families at the "Holidays in Powell" event at the Powell Municipal Building on December 7, 2019.

Date
November 11, 2019
Title
A Look at Ohio Historic Barns
Presenter
Dan Troth, Vice President Friends of Ohio Barns
Summary
NA

 

Date
October 14, 2019
Title
History of the Liberty Township Fire Department
Presenter
Battalion Chief Jim Reardon
Summary
On October 14, 2019 Battalion Chief Jim Reardon presented a very entertaining and informative history of the Liberty Township Fire Department from 1990 through 2019. The presentation showed how the relationship between our community and fire department has led the department to provide the high quality EMS and fire services we have come to expect.

 

Date
September 27, 2019
September 28, 2019
Title
Ohio Frontier Encampment
Presenter
RJ Basista and Greg Hudson, Professional Reenactors
Summary
For the second year in a row, R.J. Basista, professional reenactor set up encampment on the Martin Perry House yard. This year R. J. was accompanied by leather working artisan Greg Hudson. R.J. and Greg were on the grounds on Friday evening for camp fire activities, and on Saturday for a whole day of exploring our past from the Revolutionary War, into the Ohio frontier and beyond. Included was something for all ages - information, demonstrations, and hand on activities.

 

Date
August 12, 2019
Title
Walking tour of downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael, 6th generation Powell resident and long time Powell Liberty Historical Society volunteer
Summary
On Monday August 12, 2019, Sherry Carmichael led several Powell residents on a walking tour of the downtown. Many historical buildings and interesting anecdotes were highlighted. This annual event is always educational, inspirational and an enjoyable way to spend a beautiful summer evening. A return to the Martin Perry House for cookies and a tour of the house topped off a perfect summer evening in Powell. We look forward to another walking tour next summer.

 

Date
August 01, 2019
Title
Powell Parks and Recreation Campers visit the Martin-Perry House
Presenter
PLHS Volunteers
Summary
Day campers from the Powell Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp program visited the Martin-Perry house to learn about Powell history and what life was like in the community more than a century ago. The questions were perceptive and the conversations lively. The hit of the tour was the restored (non-functioning) outhouse.

 

Date
July 08, 2019
Title
A " Historic House and Garden Tour"
Presenter
Carole Wilhelm, Powell resident and longtime volunteer with the Powell Liberty Historical Society and Powell Area Garden Club
Summary
Carole Wilhelm assisted by Linda Miller, both Powell residents and volunteers with Powell Liberty Historical Society and Powell Area Garden Club, presented the history of the Martin - Perry House and gardens, headquarters of the Historical Society. Honored guests were garden club members and friends of Jo Cornish-Gerwig from Farmer's Insurance who were recognized for their commitment to work in the gardens in Jo's memory. Jo was a key member of the historical society and the garden club. Tours of the house and garden followed and ice cream was enjoyed by all.

 

Date
July 06, 2019
Title
Cleanup of the Grounds and Gardens
Presenter
Laser Turkey Patrol, Boy Scout troop 428
Summary
On July 6, 2019 scouts from troop 428 assisted the Powell Area Garden Club in preparing the Martin Perry House Gardens for the House and Garden tour held on July 8. This was a service project for the scouts and was much appreciated by the Garden Club and the Society.

 

Date
June 22, 2019
Title
Stop by our booth at the Powell Festival
Presenter
NA
Summary
Powell Liberty Historical Society volunteers shared a booth with the Delaware County Historical Society during the Powell Festival, June 21 and 22, 2019. Blowing bubbles with pipe cleaners and a wooden spool were big hits with the kids as were the fox and raccoon pelts. The weather was perfect!

Date
June 21, 2019
Title
Stop by our booth at the Powell Festival
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

 

Date
June 10, 2019
Title
Hyattsville, “A Railroad Town”: the village, the man and his house
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael, 6th generation Powell resident and long time Powell Liberty Historical Society volunteer
Summary
Sherry Carmichael, dedicated Powell Liberty Historical Society volunteer, presented the History of Hyatts, formerly Hyattsville. Included were then and now photos, early plat maps, discussion of the importance of the railroad, development of the schools, church, and commerce, plus an interview with Craig Carmichael, the current resident of Henry Hyatt's house.

 

Date
May 22, 2019
Title
Village Academy Students Tour the MPH
Presenter
PLHS Volunteers
Summary
Thirty students from grades 3, 4, and 5 at the Village Academy in Powell toured the Martin-Perry House on May 22 and presented a check from their March 8 Wax Museum donations. This has become an annual event, begun in 2009, and one we look forward to. We appreciate the teachers, Kara Haustovich, Jen Wasil, Anne MacDonald, and Missy Fendrick taking time at the end of the school year to bring their classes to learn about Powell's past.

 

Date
May 13, 2019
Title
The Story of the Historical Marker Data Base
Presenter
J J Prats, retired computer programmer and data base designer, and Editor of the Historical Marker Data Base.
Summary
Jose Prats has for many years collected photographs and information about historical markers throughout the country. Looking for a way to create an online album of his collection, the professional computer programmer and database designer programmed and published the web site that is now known as HMdb.org. His hobby took off as other like-minded folks nationwide and world wide joined him to create what is now a significant online resource for local history. Jose told us about the 12 year history of the data base, showed maps of nearby markers, discussed the story behind several unique markers, and demonstrated the website and database by answering numerous questions from the audience.

 

Date
May 04, 2019
Title
2019 Martin-Perry House Gardens Clean UP
Presenter
Farmers Insurance Employees and Powell Garden Club Members
Summary
Employees of Farmers Insurance who were coworkers of the late Jo Cornish-Gerwig joined members of Powell Garden Club to spend the morning sprucing up the Martin-Perry House gardens in preparation for the coming seasons. Jo was a long-time member of both the Garden Club and Powell-Liberty Historical Society. Many hands made quick work of the difficult task of weeding, trimming, cleaning, planting and mulching. The service provided by these volunteers is very much appreciated. This is the second year that the Farmers employees have contributed this valuable service which is very much appreciated.

 

Date
April 08, 2019
Title
Four Corners and Railroad Crossing
Presenter
Police Chief Gary Vest
Summary
At the April 8, 2019 meeting retiring Police Chief Gary Vest reflected on his years in Powell as retirement approached. His presentation was entertaining with a serious point - how Powell has consistently defined and meant community. He explained how the land marks of "The Four Corners and the Railroad Crossing" are the important indicators of how we view ourselves . There was a Power Point presentation with special photos of historic interest. Refreshments, with an emphasis on chocolates to please the Chief, were served. If you were not able to attend, check out the photo gallery and video by following the links below.

 

Date
March 11, 2019
Title
WW II Letters Home
Presenter
Linda Foster, Ohio native, Worthington resident and retired teacher.
Summary
At the March 11, 2018 meeting, Linda Foster shared with us an amazing collection of letters written by her father's cousin, Robert C. Lash of Belmont County Ohio, to his aunt during World War II, 1942-1945. Through these letters we learned a first hand account of a soldier's life in the army and what was happening in the world at the time. Included were pictures, maps and other images from from his service as a combat engineer in the Pacific theatre of the war. Participants brought their own personal WW II family items, pictures and stories to share.

 

Date
February 11, 2019
Title
"Columbus : The Road to Capital City"
Presenter
Mike Frush CPA, President Frush & Associates, Inc, President Columbus Historical Society, Serves on Boards of Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Franklinton Historical Society, Collector of historical artifacts related to Ohio and Central Ohio
Summary
Have you ever wondered about the history of Columbus or how it became the Capital City? Mike Frush took us down the this road, covering prehistoric times, through the pioneer period, to the creation of Columbus as the Capital City, and things in between.

Date
January 14, 2019
Title
No Program
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

 

Date
December 01, 2018
Title
Holidays in Powell
Presenter
NA
Summary
Our volunteers made and packaged cookies to distribute to attendees at the Holidays in Powell Event. Linda and Sherry were Santa's elves distributing the cookies and encouraging attendees to visit the Martin Perry house. Marge and Marilyn were at the house greeting visitors. Plan on attending a program next year and becoming involved in your local history society.

 

Date
November 12, 2018
Title
Living History Program about Pilgrims
Presenter
Tim Kreps
Summary
Tim Kreps reenacted a pilgrim by putting on his pilgrim hat, waistcoat and sabots to share pilgrim adventures. The stories began in England and Holland and continue with vivid images of the crossing and survival in Plymouth Plantation. Many artifacts were used to tell the story of the pilgrims contact with the Wampanoag Indians. Firing a rifle on the lawn of the Martin-Perry House was an exciting conclusion to the program.

 

Date
October 13, 2018
Title
Ohio Frontier Encampment
Presenter
R J Basista, Professional Reenactor
Summary
NA

 

Date
September 10, 2018
Title
A Virtual Tour of the Historical Aircraft Squadron Museum
Presenter
Don Bell
Summary
NA

 

Date
August 13, 2018
Title
Walking Tour of Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
NA

 

Date
July 09, 2018
Title
A Ride on the C D & M (Columbus, Delaware and Marion Railroad Company)
Presenter
Jack Hilborn, President Delaware County Historical Society
Summary
NA

 

Date
June 22, 2018
Title
Powell Festival
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

 

Date
June 11, 2018
Title
19th Century American Small Arms Weapons of War
Presenter
Retired Judge Henry Shaw
Summary
NA

 

Date
May 14, 2018
Title
Lemonade Lucy
Presenter
Deb Shatzer, Executive Director of the Delaware County Visitor’s Bureau
Summary
NA

 

Date
May 05, 2018
Title
Martin-Perry Grounds Cleanup
Presenter
Powell Garden Club and Farmers Insurance Employees
Summary
NA

Date
April 09, 2018
Title
Researching your Local Ancestors at the Martin-Perry House
Presenter
Marilyn Battin
Summary
NA

Date
March 12, 2018
Title
History of the Arts Castle
Presenter
Diane and Ralph Hodges
Summary
NA

Date
November 13, 2017
Title
"World War II Stories, Our History Lives"
Presenter
Bob Croce, Jr.
Summary
NA

Date
October 09, 2017
Title
"O'Shaughnessy Dam: an Historical Perspective"
Presenter
Tim Solalckt:
Summary
NA

Date
September 11, 2017
Title
"68 Outhouses in Dublin and other Stories"
Presenter
Jim Richards:
Summary
NA

Date
August 14, 2017
Title
"Walking Tour of Downtown Powell"
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael:
Summary
NA

Date
July 10, 2017
Title
"Thing-a-ma-jigs and What-cha-ma-call-its"
Presenter
Tim Kreps:
Summary
NA

Date
June 12, 2017
Title
The National Historic Preservation Act and its Effect on Local History
Presenter
Brett Carmichael
Summary
NA

Date
May 08, 2017
Title
Stones with Stories in Dublin
Presenter
Tom Holton
Summary
NA

Date
April 10, 2017
Title
Life on a Wagon Train During the Gold Rush
Presenter
Carol Chapman
Summary
NA

Date
March 13, 2017
Title
"Plows, Pigs, and People - Highbanks 1850-1866"
Presenter
Valerie Mattingley
Summary
NA

Date
February 13, 2017
Title
DNA - The Genealogy
Presenter
Debra Nowell
Summary
NA

Date
November 14, 2016
Title
"A Pictorial Overview of the Brown Fruit Farm"
Presenter
T.K. Cellar:
Summary
NA

Date
October 10, 2016
Title
"Growing Up in Powell During the Depression and Beyond"
Presenter
Marge Bennett:
Summary
NA

Date
September 12, 2016
Title
"Antique Picture Frames"
Presenter
Mike Frush
Summary
NA

Date
August 28, 2016
Title
30th Anniversary Ice Cream Social
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
August 09, 2016
Title
Walking Tour of Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael
Summary
NA

Date
August 08, 2016
Title
Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael leads
Summary
NA

Date
June 13, 2016
Title
"Victoria: Victoria Woodhull, the first female U.S. presidential candidate"
Presenter
Rachel Edwards:
Summary
NA

Date
May 09, 2016
Title
"History of the Army Corps of Engineers and Delaware Lake"
Presenter
Greg Feustel:
Summary
NA

Date
April 11, 2016
Title
"The Music and History of the Bagpipe"
Presenter
George Morrison
Summary
NA

Date
March 14, 2016
Title
"The Mulzer Mill at Powell"
Presenter
Valerie Mattingly, Highbanks Metropark volunteer
Summary
NA

Date
February 08, 2016
Title
"Victorian Valentines"
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael:
Summary
NA

Date
November 09, 2015
Title
Appraisal Clinic
Presenter
Steve Bemiller of Garth's Auctions, Inc.
Summary
NA

Date
October 12, 2015
Title
American Samplers in the 1800s
Presenter
Sue Packard:
Summary
NA

Date
September 13, 2015
Title
Good Ol' Days: Revisiting the 1800s and Early 1900s
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
August 10, 2015
Title
Walking Tour of Powell
Presenter
Sherry Carmichael;
Summary
NA

Date
July 13, 2015
Title
Pot Luck and Annual Meeting
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
June 08, 2015
Title
Creative History Projects
Presenter
Area students from Powell Village Academy and Olentangy Middle School
Summary
NA

Date
May 11, 2015
Title
"Honoring Memorial Day"
Presenter
Harold Trumbull
Summary
NA

Date
April 13, 2015
Title
"Using the Civil War to Engage Students"
Presenter
Derek Hinkle
Summary
NA

Date
March 09, 2015
Title
"The Hanby Family and the Underground Railroad"
Presenter
Gretchen and Jeff Glasgow
Summary
NA

Date
February 09, 2015
Title
"Stage Coach Stops in Delaware County"
Presenter
Brent Carson, President of the Delaware Co. Historical Society
Summary
NA

Date
December 06, 2014
Title
Christmas Open House (during Holidays in Powell)
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
November 10, 2014
Title
"Drying Up America: The Impact of a Small Central Ohio Village."
Presenter
Beth Weinhardt:
Summary
NA

Date
August 11, 2014
Title
Walking Tour of Powell
Presenter
led by Sherry Carmichael
Summary
NA

Date
July 14, 2014
Title
Annual Meeting and Potluck
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
June 09, 2014
Title
Re-enacting a Civil War chaplain to the 121st Company of Delaware Ohio.
Presenter
Devon Hardwick
Summary
NA

Date
May 12, 2014
Title
Life in the 1600s
Presenter
Jan Kleinline
Summary
NA

Date
April 14, 2014
Title
"War of 1812, Ft. Morrow and Block Houses"
Presenter
Carroll Neidhart
Summary
NA

Date
March 10, 2014
Title
"The Historic Chautauqua Movement"
Presenter
Gretchen Curtis
Summary
NA

Date
February 10, 2014
Title
"The 26th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry: The Groundhog Regiment"
Presenter
Jeffrey Hill, Author
Summary
NA

Date
December 08, 2013
Title
NA
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
November 11, 2013
Title
"How Buttons Reflect History, Politics and Art"
Presenter
Marilynn Regrut
Summary
NA

Date
October 14, 2013
Title
Before Dublin was Doubling
Presenter
Tim Sells, author
Summary
NA

Date
September 09, 2013
Title
"Artifacts of the Past"
Presenter
Karen Ricker, Naturalist, Metro Parks
Summary
NA

Date
September 08, 2013
Title
Good 'Ol Days
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
August 05, 2013
Title
"History of Massey Harris Ferguson Farm Equipment and Its Impact on Agriculture in Central Ohio and Around the World"
Presenter
Gary Heffner, Editor of Massey Harris Ferguson Legacy Quarterly
Summary
NA

Date
July 08, 2013
Title
"Reviving Cemeteries: Making them Relevant in Local History"
Presenter
Misti Spillman, Central Ohio Local History Corps (AmeriCorps) Member at Ohio Historical Society
Summary
NA

Date
June 10, 2013
Title
"Selling 'em by the Sack: White Castle and the Creation of American Fast Food"
Presenter
David Hogan, Professor of History at Heidelberg University
Summary
NA

Date
May 13, 2013
Title
"Mid-19th Century Farm Life"
Presenter
Barbara Brown, An Interpreter at Ohio Village in the past
Summary
NA

Date
April 08, 2013
Title
"Ancestors and Descendants of American Presidents"
Presenter
Algy S. McBride, Clintonville Historical Society
Summary
NA

Date
March 11, 2013
Title
"Delaware and Delaware County"
Presenter
Jeffrey T. Darbee - author
Summary
NA

Date
February 11, 2013
Title
A Visit to China and Tibet
Presenter
Bob Wilhelm
Summary
NA

Date
December 10, 2012
Title
NA
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
November 12, 2012
Title
NA
Presenter
David Martin
Summary
NA

Date
October 08, 2012
Title
NA
Presenter
T.K. Cellar
Summary
NA

Date
September 10, 2012
Title
"The 'new' 1930s home at Gallant Farm Preserve."
Presenter
Robin Mayes of Delaware County's Preservation Parks
Summary
NA

Date
August 13, 2012
Title
Walking Tour of Downtown Powell at 7 pm.
Presenter
NA
Summary
NA

Date
July 09, 2012
Title
NA
Presenter
Susan Van Der Weele
Summary
NA

Date
May 14, 2012
Title
NA
Presenter
Jerry Borin
Summary
NA

Date
April 09, 2012
Title
NA
Presenter
John Snouffer
Summary
NA

Date
March 12, 2012
Title
Columbus Celebrates Its Bicentennial
Presenter
Mike Frush , presented
Summary
NA

Date
February 13, 2012
Title
Lincoln's Funeral Train
Presenter
John Ward
Summary
NA