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 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.
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:
We need a LOT of volunteers to help with set up/tear down and of course pour beers! For every hour we volunteer a portion of the proceeds benefit the Historical Society! Sign up today!
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.
A large crowd gathered Sunday afternoon, September 16, to meet inhabitants of our Historical Museum who lived in Pickerington's past. Re-enactors who presented
their stories are (from left):
Andrew Carnegie (portrayed by Ralph Portier); W.B. "Doc" Taylor (Gary Taylor);
Ray Wetherell (Kevin Wetherall);
Anna Milnor Young (Mariah Gabel);
Cleo Mason Richter (Deb Boerema);
and Abe Pickering (John Cooper).
Ronald Weaver will be at the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum to sign copies of his new book "Images of America: Canal Winchester", on Saturday September 29, from 10:00am - 1:00pm. The book contains rare images about the town platted in 1828 and named "Winchester". Weaver has been an officer and trustree of the Canal Winchester Area Historiclal Society. Most of the book's images are from that organization. The author holds a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Ohio University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton.
15 East Columbus Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147, United States
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Our Historical Museum is open every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
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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.
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