Our Historical Museum is closed until the coronavirus crisis ends.
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, 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.
We are an all-volunteer organization and 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:
Central Ohio historian, Ed Lentz, reported that the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, claiming 200,000 American lives, emerged in Central Ohio during Sept. 1918 shortly before the end of WWI. It continued into the spring of 1919.
The only mention Pickerington-Violet Township historians found of the 1918 flu appeared in Violet Township Through 200 Years: 1808-2008. In the book, Terry Dunlap relates the story of his family member, Roy Walton (pictured above), who was the first man from Pickerington to enlist for service in WWI. Along with many others, the soldier died in camp of the Spanish Flu during 1918.
"Chautauqua", first held in New York, became an adult education and social movement in the U.S. in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Holders of one of the above-pictured 1920 Chautauqua Festival tickets could attend a 3-day mid-August event. It consisted of lectures, humorists, soloists, and small musical groups including the Colonial Maids, Tropolitan Male Trio, and Brownell Concert Company. Ticket price was $1.25 plus War Tax of 13 cents.
The event was held in a large tent in the area off Lockville Road now occupied by Victory Park. Later, the gathering was moved to school grounds.
July 1, 1985: The Pickerington Senior Center opened its doors for activities for the first time.
July 8, 1776: Abraham Pickering (photo above), founder of Pickerington, was born in Virginia.
July 12, 1988: Pickerington issued a water ban until September because of a very dry summer.
July 14, 1959: Anna Milnor Young retired after teaching first grade in Pickerington since 1918.
July 15, 1942: C.P. Leach retired after being Pickerington Railroad Depot Agent since 1910. At one time six passenger trains came through Pickerington each day.
15 East Columbus Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147, United States
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Our Historical Museum currently is closed. When the coronavirus crisis ends, the Museum will reopen on the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and during special community events.
Details about 2020 history education programs and special events at our Museum can be seen in the "Events" section of this website.
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The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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