Welcome to the Westerville Historical Society
In memory of Marilyn Gale
Past President, Westerville Historical Society
Past Site Manager, Hanby House
Teacher, Historian, Author, Friend
The Hanby family was one small cog in an intricate network known as the Underground Railroad. The brave people who participated in helping fugitive slaves risked personal safety, financial security and their own freedom to take a stand against slavery. Two names associated with both Ohio and abolitionism are John Brown from Hudson and Norton Strange Townshend from Cincinnati. Brown became famous for his radical work in “Bleeding Kansas” and for leading an attack on the United States arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. Townshend worked in the Cincinnati UGRR network, served in the Ohio General Assembly and was elected to the United States Congress. Artifacts from the lives of these two men will be on display at Hanby House from April through December of 2016. There will also be information on other every-day Ohioans who risked it all for their beliefs. Visit on weekends from 1-4PM, May through September, or arrange a private tour by calling 800-600-6843.
Make or Break Year for Ohio History Fund!
The year 2016 is crucial for the Ohio History Fund and we need your help. The Ohio History Fund tax check-off must generate $150,000 in 2016 to remain on the state income tax return form. Since the Ohio History Fund started in 2012, it has made grants to 47 history projects in 32 counties for a total of $448,000. Please help by checking the Ohio History Fund box on your Ohio Tax form and make a donation. It's just that easy.
Who we are
The Westerville Historical Society (WHS) dates back to 1941 and today has 200 dues-paying households. It descended from a successful community drive in the 1930s to preserve the home of the Hanby family, an Underground Railroad stop, as a state memorial on West Main Street. Eldest son, Benjamin Hanby, was a composer of abolition music at the time of the Civil War . WHS volunteers manage and maintain Hanby House for the Ohio History Connection. (Visit the Hanby House website at www.hanbyhouse.org.)
The Westervile Historical Society hosts December open houses at Hanby House. They also co-sponsored the 2008 and 2011 Ohio Humanities Council's Chautauqua in Westerville as well as the Westerville Freedom Trail which brought the local Underground Railroad to life. It publishes a newsletter and offers five historical programs to the public each year.
Please click on the "Donate" button below and make a donation to the Westerville Historical Society. Your donation will help keep Westerville history alive.
Hanby House is looking for Volunteer Guides
Do you have a few extra hours a month or can you volunteer for special occasions? Contact site manager Pam Allen at email@example.com or call 614 891-6289. Training is provided. No special talents or experience needed other than enjoying history and sharing it with others.
Hanby House Video, "From Servitude to Service" Wins Second Award
Hanby video, From Servitude to Service wins it's second award! Pam Allen, Producer, and Bruce Houtz, Editor, received the History Outreach Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance on October 5, 2013. Congratulations Pam and Bruce for a job well done.
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