Ross Co Historical Society

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Chillicothe, Ohio  ·  RCHS operates three museums and a library. Preserving the past in the present for the future since 1896.
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Our Summer Junior Member Program is on July 25, 2018! Space is limited; please call by July 23 to reserve your spot. 740-772-1936.

Our Summer Junior Member Program is on July 25, 2018! Space is limited; please call by July 23 to reserve your spot. 740-772-1936.

Join us on May 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm for an evening with Sgt. Alvin York as portrayed by Living History expert Kenneth Hammontree.

Join us on May 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm for an evening with Sgt. Alvin York as portrayed by Living History expert Kenneth Hammontree.

Join us on May 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm for an evening of Civil War-era "parlor music," the popular musc of the mid 19th century. The group Lafferty Pike will perform popular tunes of the era, accompanying themselves on harp, guitar, banjo, and mandolin.

Join us on May 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm for an evening of Civil War-era "parlor music," the popular musc of the mid 19th century. The group Lafferty Pike will perform popular tunes of the era, accompanying themselves on harp, guitar, banjo, and mandolin.

Our 2017 children's holiday program is coming up on Dec. 2! Please call to register at 740-772-1936

Our 2017 children's holiday program is coming up on Dec. Please call to register at

Exhibition of sculpture under the auspices of t...

Exhibition of sculpture under the auspices of the National Sculpture Society: open to the public April 3 to May 1940 . at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Dionne Quinuplets souvenir, late 1930s.  The story of the Dionne Quintuplets is a sad one. Born in 1934, they were the first set of quintuplets to survive. They became a symbol of hope during the Depression, and visitors from around the world streamed...

Dionne Quinuplets souvenir, late The story of the Dionne Quintuplets is a sad one. Born in they were the first set of quintuplets to survive. They became a symbol of hope during the Depression, and visitors from around the world streamed.

The Camp Sherman YMCA caffeteria for segregated troops of color, WWI.  The YMCA was in Section O, building 75. It was the center of social life and recreation for these soldiers.

The Camp Sherman YMCA caffeteria for segregated troops of color, WWI. The YMCA was in Section O, building It was the center of social life and recreation for these soldiers.

Pastry cutter, patented in 1934. This clever cutter allows the baker to roll the device over the dough, cutting different shapes as it passes.

Pastry cutter, patented in This clever cutter allows the baker to roll the device over the dough, cutting different shapes as it passes.

Tea strainer, early 20th century.

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YMCA reading room for the segregated soldiers of color at Camp Sherman, WWI. This reading room had newspapers from major cities all over the country so soldiers could get the news from “back home,” magazines, and books.

African American World War I soldiers served at a time racism was rampant in the U.

The date on this double-weave “fancy” coverlet is unknown, but it hung in the childhood home of Robert Oliver, born in 1882. He served as a veterenarian during WWI, caring for the horses and mules. He later went to Cuba with Teddy Roosevelt and...

The date on this double-weave “fancy” coverlet is unknown, but it hung in the childhood home of Robert Oliver, born in He served as a veterenarian during WWI, caring for the horses and mules. He later went to Cuba with Teddy Roosevelt and.

Padlock, c. 1895. It’s so rare that you find a lock this old that still has its key!

rosscountyhistoricalsociety: “Padlock, c. It’s so rare that you find a lock this old that still has its key!

Apothecary bottle made by Whitall Tatum & Co around 1880. It was used in Erdmann’s Pharmacy, Chillicothe, Ohio.

Apothecary bottle made by Whitall Tatum & Co around It was used in Erdmann’s Pharmacy, Chillicothe, Ohio.

A lovely daguerreotype image of Jacob Wolfe. The standing collar and the symmetrical, geometric shape of the bow date this to the late 1840s/early 1850s.

A lovely daguerreotype image of Jacob Wolfe. The standing collar and the symmetrical, geometric shape of the bow date this to the late

A photo of the world champion Cincinnati Reds team, 1920. One wonders if there was an inside joke, now lost to history, in the 3-2-1 hand gestures of the men on the left side of the bottom row.

A photo of the world champion Cincinnati Reds team, One wonders if there was an inside joke, now lost to history, in the hand gestures of the men on the left side of the bottom row.

The fire station on Second Street, Chillicothe, Ohio around 1910. Two horse-drawn ladder trucks are visible; the pumper may be drawn by the team in the center.

The fire station on Second Street, Chillicothe, Ohio around Two horse-drawn ladder trucks are visible; the pumper may be drawn by the team in the center.