About Us

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

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 Saturdays, for tours, or special events. 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

New Historical Museum Lift

Pickerington Historian, Gary Taylor, tries out the lift recently installed at our Museum. The lift enables visitors who cannot negotiate  steps at the front entrance of the former Carnegie Library to see main level exhibits. The lift, available during official Museum hours, is located at the rear of the building via a sidewalk/ramp off of Lockville Road.  

Our thanks to the City of Pickerington and Violet Township for coordinating this project. The lift was purchased through grants the Historical Society received from PNC Bank and Fairfield County foundations.

Gift Wrapping Fundraisers at Barnes & Noble

Help our Historical Society by being a volunteer or a customer at Barnes & Noble Pickerington on Saturday, December 15  -- anytime from 9:00am until 9:00pm. Two-person Historical Society volunteer teams will be working 2-hour shifts to wrap gifts for donations. 

If you would like to help with wrapping, click “Volunteer Sign-Up” (above on this website page) to access Sign-up Genius and scroll down to the date(s) you can volunteer. 

For questions or assistance, phone our Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Johnson, at 614-657-6037.

Local Military Heroes Honored at Museum

93-year young Historical Society member, Dorothy (“Pete”) Peterson, is seen here with her World War II Cadet Nurse Corps uniform that she wore from 1943-1946.

Her uniform is part of our “Honoring our Community’s Military” exhibit on display at our Museum each Saturday thru December 15, from 10am - 1pm. 

The exhibit also features Dale Stemen’s Purple Heart, Lloyd Stemen’s Korean War uniform, and some of the 250+ love letters Bill Hanna wrote to his wife, Betty, from 1942-1946.

Contact Us

Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society

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

Leave a voicemail at (614) 382-5989. We will return your call.

Museum Hours:

Our Historical Museum is open every Saturday April thru mid-December, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 

If you missed us this past Saturday, check out this website or Drop Us A Line!

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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.

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