About Us

Mission and History

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 a Pickerington town pump, restored 1879 Taber pump organ, Native American artifacts collected around Pickerington, the cooking stove and photos from Moore's Pool Hall, photos of our high school graduating classes from 1909-1981, and much more.

A reference 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. 


Coming Up at our Museum

Installation of our Historical Museum's Wheelchair Lift on the Museum's south side is nearly complete. The Lift will carry handicapped riders from ground level to the Museum's main level without having to negotiate any stairs!  

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

"Hannah Family" Exhibit to Open

An opportunity awaits you on Saturday, April 7 (10:00am-1:00pm) to take a nostalgic tour thru mid-1900's Downtown Pickerington via the "Hanna Family" special exhibit. It features Sylvia and Harry Hanna, their Chrysler-Plymouth dealership/garage, their "Hanna House" home next door, and other businesses located on Columbus Street. 

The photo above shows Harry Hanna outside his Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in 1958. The "Hanna Family" exhibit can be seen at our Historical Museum April thru June.

Wanted: Military Items

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI on November 11, 1918, we plan to display a "U.S. Military" exhibit in our Historical Museum this fall. If you have family military memorabilia -- equipment, patriotic pins, rations, weapons, photos -- that you would like to temporarily loan to our Historical Society, please click Drop Us a Line! below or leave a message at 614-382-5989 to receive a call-back. For example, the above photo shows Pickerington's Harry H. Hanna ready to leave town to serve in WWI.

Contact Us

Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society

15 East Columbus St. (Mail to: PO Box 732), Pickerington OH 43147

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

Museum Hours:

Our Historical Museum is closed for the season. Saturday Open Houses will resume on Saturday April 7, 2018. 

In the meantime, 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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