Histories & Mysteries

Illustration of Civil War-era Christmas Dinner at the Green/Meldrim House in Savannah, Georgia

A Moment in Time | Lancaster’s Sherman in Savannah, Georgia

Posted byMarty Barnes on Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

In April 2024, we received an email prompting us to extend an invitation to contribute this story, sure to be of interest to local history buffs. We thank Marty Barnes for taking the time to close the loop on a Lancaster, Ohio – Savannah, Georgia connection of two homes, a native son and a moment in time.  – Publisher Chris Shirer Continue Reading A Moment in Time | Lancaster’s Sherman in Savannah, Georgia

Main Street, Shawnee, Ohio with historic Tecumseh Theater in foreground.

Going Up! The Elevator Project begins at the Tecumseh Theater in Shawnee, Ohio

Posted byTiffany Piko on Sunday, Mar 17, 2024

Mary Mertz, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be on hand March 28th at 1:00 pm to commemorate the start of renovations of Shawnee’s historic Tecumseh Theater. The renovations are supported by the federal Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Act administered by ODNR. Continue Reading Going Up! The Elevator Project begins at the Tecumseh Theater in Shawnee, Ohio

Sign with the history of The Georgian Museum being installed at the museum's corner at Broad and Wheeling Streets in Lancaster, Ohio.

New Historical Sign Unveiled at the Georgian Museum

Posted byMichael Johnson on Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023

The northeast corner of Broad Street and Wheeling Street has a new addition: a historical sign detailing the history of one of Lancaster, Ohio’s most iconic structures, The Georgian Museum. The goal is to help tourists and residents understand the significance of the mansion and the first people who resided there. It also highlights the effort to save it from destruction and its transition into a museum. Learn more in this week’s Histories & Mysteries story by Michael Johnson… Continue Reading New Historical Sign Unveiled at the Georgian Museum

The Colgate Starch Factory at Canal and Locust Streets circa 1856 in Lancaster, Ohio.

Smile! Colgate Once Called Lancaster Home

Posted byMichael Johnson on Tuesday, Aug 15, 2023

Many well-known Lancaster residents called the mansion now known as the Decorative Arts Center home: Reese, Sherman, Tallmadge, Rising. But another family brought business here and made the mansion their home. Michael Johnson tells us about the time the Colgate family (of toothpaste fame) called the mansion their home at the beginning of the Civil War… Continue Reading Smile! Colgate Once Called Lancaster Home

Gales Football team circa 1944 with Homer Clapper, Jr.'s face circled.

A Son of Lancaster Lost at Sea

Posted byMichael Johnson on Wednesday, Aug 09, 2023

Forest Rose Cemetery is lovely, peaceful and home to many stories of people who lived, worked and played in our Lancaster neighborhoods. In today’s Histories & Mysteries, Michael Johnson shares the story of a young man who enlisted just days after his 1944 graduation from Lancaster High School. Meet Homer Clapper, Jr… Continue Reading A Son of Lancaster Lost at Sea

Four members of the Dinétah Navajo Dancers on stage at Crossroads Church in Lancaster, Ohio during an April 2023 performance.

Sherman’s Legacy of Justice: The Return of Navajo Land

Posted byMichael Johnson on Tuesday, Jul 25, 2023

One of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s greatest legacies is his brokering of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo which returned Navajo land to its rightful native owners following a grave injustice he witnessed in New Mexico. This story has created a bond between those who keep this history alive and is now celebrated annually here. Learn more about this important history and our tie to New Mexico… Continue Reading Sherman’s Legacy of Justice: The Return of Navajo Land