Our Historical Museum is closed for the season. It reopens April 18, 2020

About Us

Historical Society Mission and History:

Carnegie Library circa 1916.

The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society has been an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1987. Its mission is to preserve our community's past for future generations to see and use.

Our Historical Society has maintained a museum in the community's Carnegie Library since 1993 -- the year the library moved into its new facility. The Carnegie Library originally opened in 1916 with the aid of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The building remains one of the few Carnegie-financed buildings that exist in Central Ohio.

Our Museum:


Our Museum, located in the center of historic downtown Pickerington, tells the story of Pickerington-Violet Township. Admission is free.

Artifacts include prehistoric Native American tools and weapons collected around Pickerington, an original town pump, restored 1879 Taber pump organ, the cooking stove and photos once residing inside Moore's Pool Hall, photos of our high school graduating classes from 1909-1981, and much more.  

A reference and reading area is available for public research of historic documents, directories, and photos, along with a searchable database of all graves in Violet Cemetery.

Getting Involved:


Inasmuch as we are an all-volunteer organization, we depend upon the generosity of our Historical Society members, Museum visitors, and the community for support and funding of projects and programs. 

You can help by: 

  • Becoming a member. Click for Membership Application and more information.
  • Volunteering to help at our Museum on Second Saturdays, for tours, special events, and Museum maintenance. For more information or to sign up, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Johnson (right in photo) at "Contact Us" below or visit Volunteer Sign Up to choose a date/event. 
  • Donating an object/document of local historical interest, or making a monetary contribution at the "Donate Now" box. 

Historical Society News

Peggy Portier Re-elected Historical Society President


Peggy Portier was re-elected President of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society for another 2 years. Other officers elected during the non-profit organization's annual meeting on December 5 included Jack Whitaker, Keith Ebright, Mary Herron, Fiona Spears, Stephanie Johnson, Greg Karoly, and Barbara Freeman. 

The Historical Society's Museum in downtown Pickerington currently is closed for the season. It re-opens on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 10 AM to 1 PM.  

Children's Story Time at Museum


Children enjoyed volunteers Barbara Taylor (pictured here) and Carrie Ebert read stories during our Museum's participation in "Olde Village Holiday Gathering" on December 6.

Our Museum was open for self-guided touring, exploring Keith and Dottie Ebright's "North Pole Village", and browsing the unique history-related holiday gifts available in our Museum.

Be sure to volunteer to help with reading children's stories, hosting Saturday open houses and special events during 2020!

Through the Years: January Happenings in our Community


Jan 2, 1988: Rita Ricketts (photo above) was sworn in as Pickerington's first woman mayor.  

Jan 3, 1989: PLSD enrollment starting the new year was 3,972 students.  

Jan 16, 1977: Weather in central Ohio was 13 degrees below zero.  

Jan 23, 1942: The land for Pickerington Park (now Victory Park) was donated to the village by W.B. Taylor and A.J. Good.  

Jan 27, 1912: The Violet Township Library received a $10,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation for a library.

Contact Us

Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society

15 East Columbus Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147, United States

Leave a voicemail on our Leave-a-Message Phone at (614) 382-5989. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Museum Hours:

Our Historical Museum is closed for the season. The Museum will reopen for self-guided touring on Saturday, April, 18 2020  from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Thereafter, the Museum is open the Second Saturday of each month, May through November 2020. 

Details about 2020 history education programs and special events at our Museum will become available in the "Events" section of this website early in 2020.

If you have questions and cannot find answers on this website, please  Drop Us A Line!

Drop us a line!



The generous support and contributions from people like you enable us to collect and preserve local history for future generations. 

The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Your donation may be tax deductible. Please contact your tax advisor for information.

 Thank you!

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