Covid-19 has closed our Historical Museum until it is safe to reopen.
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:
This circa 1950 Coca Cola Swimsuit Girl Pinup cardboard advertising sign was one of recent donations to our Historical Society Museum by Pickerington resident, Clyde Muse. He had acquired this and other treasures from the former Kraner General Store when he purchased the Lockville Road building in 1994.
The Kraner General Store, operated by E.D. Kraner, opened in the late 1800s in a building that is still standing at 6 Lockville Road in Olde Pickerington Village -- across the street from our Historical Museum.
After E.D. Kraner's death in 1914, the business was continued by the Kraner family until 1947.
When did you last purchase a boneless beef rump roast for 89 cents per pound? Or a 3 pound box of Cheer detergent for 74 cents? According to an ad in the March 2, 1967 edition of the Columbus Dispatch at our Museum, these were the prices at local A&P grocery stores. Other "specials" for the week included:
Crab Legs - 99 cents per pound
4 oz package of Royal Pudding - 11 cents
Head & Shoulder Shampoo - 79 cents
1 pound box Saltine Crackers - 25 cents
2 pound jar of Grape Jelly - 39 cents
Those were the days!
Feb 7, 1985: The first videocassette was circulated from the Pickerington Public Library located in the Carnegie building on East Columbus Street.
Feb 14, 1998: Pickerington's historic Mayflower Barn on SR 256 was destroyed by fire (see photo above). The Violet Township Fire Department determined the cause to be arson; however, no arrests were ever made.
Feb 20, 1984: The Pickerington Lions Club donated $10,000 toward construction of the Pickerington Senior Center on Hereford Drive.
Feb 27, 1934: A Pickerington Fire Department was formally established with Mayor T.O. Ebright appointed as its first fire chief.
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 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.