Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society

Preserving the History of Our Community
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Historic Brandville School & Museum Complex

Home of the Oregon - Jerusalem Historical Society
1133 Grasser Street (near Pickle & Wheeling Streets.)
Oregon, Ohio  43616



At this time of year, it is customary to review the previous year and look forward to the New Year. In addition to our ongoing projects, we had a whirlwind 2015 with many lingering projects completed—Old Eastmoreland lamp posts were finally installed and electrified after being in storage for approximately 10 years.

Our Gilbert Gaul “Battery H Artillery at Cold Harbor, VA.” painting was the focal point of the Civil War exhibit at the Toledo Art Museum for several months and got OJHS’s name spread throughout the area.

Through the efforts of an enthusiastic trust, the landscaping was updated, is very attractive and lower maintenance (which is always A+).

The World War 1 cannon covered from the weather behind the carriage house since the 1980’s was finally restored and rededicated at a ceremony on November 11. With three military honor guards and the Black Swamp Pipes and Drums adding dignity to the ceremony, we also had distinguished guests, Honorable Marcy Kaptur and Honorable Michael Sheehy, participating in the ceremony. Attendance was much higher than anticipated—with approximately 100, and we ran out of chairs.

We had a successful first-time family-focused event—Nite at the Museum—in October and it will continue.

Again, the Holiday Tour of Distinctive Homes was well received by the community and will continue on a biennial basis.
A difficult mold/mildew situation in the carriage house caused by the extreme cold was cleaned and measures were taken to prevent it in the future. That was a rather daunting task, but our building trustee rose to the occasion and completed that task very, very well.
In this issue, you will find a 2016 calendar of events listing planned projects. There will probably be changes as the year unfolds, so check for updates throughout the year.

These are just the highlights—there was much more going on “behind the scenes” that adds to the success of our mission “Preserving our past; bringing history to life”. As always, it is through the leadership of our Board of Trustees who are willing to take on projects that makes the continued success of OJHS possible.

Happy, Healthy New Year to you all!


                                                                                Connie Isbell, President






Our complex is open 10 am-2 pm each Thursday (excluding holidays). Closed during the months of January and February.  Additional arrangements can be made for a tour by a trained docent for groups of 4 or more.  There is no charge for this, but donations are welcome.  

Our Email Address:  ojhs@att.net

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