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Area Historical and Genealogical Societies


Bethel Township Historical Society
7080 Palmer Rd.
New Carlisle, Ohio 45344
(937) 431-7139

Dedicated to collecting, displaying, preserving, and interpreting historical articles and materials related to Bethel Township, Miami County.

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Covington-Newberry Historical Society
101 E. Spring St.
Covington, Ohio 45318
(937) 473-2270, 473-3488, 676-2561

Maintains a museum which contains historical items and dioramas of the Covington area. See the Fort Rowdy entry under Museums.

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Elizabeth Township Historical Society
5760 Walnut Grove Rd.
Troy Ohio 45373

Dedicated to promoting interest in the history and cultural heritage of Elizabeth Township, Ohio's only rural historic district. Maintains a museum at the above address; see Museums.

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Tippecanoe Historical Society
20 North Third St.
Tipp City, Ohio 45371
(937) 667-4092

Purpose is to collect, display, preserve, and interpret historical materials, properties, and articles relating to Tipp City. Maintains a museum of Tipp City history; see Museums.

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Troy Historical Society
100 West Main St.
P.O. Box 401
Troy, Ohio 45373
(937) 339-5900

Dedicated to the preservation of the history of Troy and the surrounding area. Housed in, and provides voluntary staffing for, the Troy-Miami County Library Local History Room. Maintains an extensive Web site containing county genealogical and historical information and sources for further research. Ongoing projects include a survey of barns in the county; collection of histories of properties in the area; and collection of oral histories and memories of residents and veterans of Miami county.

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Union Township Heritage Association
47 North Main St.
West Milton, Ohio 45383
(937) 698-3820

Operates the Union Township Museum and Quaker Research Center; see Museums.

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WACO Historical Society
1865 South County Rd. 25
TROY, OHIO 45373
(937) 335-9226

The Society's purpose: The preservation of History of the WACO Aircraft Company and the Golden Age of Flight; and the education of young people in the area of math, science, technology and history, using aviation themes as a means toward enhancing student enthusiasm and response to traditional classroom curriculum. Operates the WACO Museum at the above address; see Museums.

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Champaign County Historical Society
809 East Lawn Ave.
Urbana, Ohio 43078
(937) 653-6721

The Champaign County Historical Society is headquartered at the Champaign County Historical Museum in Urbana. Its purpose is to promote education on the history of Champaign County and administer the collection, preservation and display of artifacts, documents, and other historical resources from all of Champaign County. Museum hours are Tues 10 - 4; first Sunday of month 1 - 4; groups by appointment.

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Arcanum/Wayne Trail Historical Society
P.O. Box 4
Arcanum, Ohio 45304
(937) 548-6556

Society members share the common interest of connecting the present to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating the history of Arcanum. Housed in their newly acquired building at 123 West George St., Arcanum.

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Darke County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 908
Greenville, OH 45331-0908
(937) 473-2270, 473-3488, 676-2561

Dedicated to promoting genealogical research in Darke county. The Society helps maintain a collection of genealogical and historical materials in the library at the Garst Museum (see Museums). Books and other materials are donated by interested parties and others are purchased by the Genealogical Society. The library houses an extensive surname file of non-book materials, hand-written notes, old photos, obituaries from local papers, names of other researchers, court records, etc. All of the early Court House records have been microfilmed and are available in the Genealogy Room.
Darke County Genealogical Website:

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Logan County Historical Society
521 East Columbus Ave.
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
(937) 548-6556

Housed in the Orr Mansion at the above address. The Society was formed in 1945 preserve items related to personages instrumental in early settlement of the Northwest Territory prior to the Treaty of Greenville, including Simon Kenton, Chief Blue Jacket, and British Indian Agent Alexander McKee; and industrial development during the canal and railroad era. The Society operates the Logan County Museum; see Museums.

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Logan County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 36
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311-0036 OR

Housed in the Logan County Museum (above); maintains a library at the Museum containing extensive archives of official and family records.
Library hours: Wednesday 12:30 - 7; Friday 12:30 - 4; Suday 2 - 5

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Preble County Historical Society
7693 Swartsel Rd.
Eaton, Ohio 45320

The Society is dedicated to preserving and protecting Preble County's heritage, artifacts, memories, and ideas. It provides educational programs and special events; maintains a library and archives; and maintains a number of nature trails. Their office is located in the Sayler-Swartsel House, which, along with additional period structures, provide exhibit areas for their collection; see Museums.

Preble County Genealogical Website:

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Fort Loramie Historical Association
37 North Main St., P.O. Box 276
Fort Loramie, Ohio 45845

Purpose is collecting and preserving historical artifacts associated with the history of the area. Owns and operates the Wilderness Trail Museum; see Museums.

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Shelby County Historical Society
North and Main Streets P.O. Box 376
Sidney, Ohio 45365-0376
(937) 498-1653

An educational organizational organization whose main purposes are to preserve historical resources, provide educational opportunities, and promote awareness of Shelby County history. Maintains and operates the Ross Historical Center; see Museums.