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2014 Old Home Holiday Tour - all dates and times tentative
December 6 - December 19
$5 admission for adults, $1 for children

Sat. Dec. 6 Tour: 1-4pm Railroad Display 1-4 PM
Live Music
Visit with Santa 1-4 PM
Sun. Dec. 7 Tour: 1-4pm

Railroad Display 1-4 PM

Mon. Dec. 8 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Tue. Dec. 9 Tour: 10am-5pm Black Swamp Spinners Meeting 10 AM-3 PM
Wed. Dec. 10 Tour: 10am-8pm Christ United Methodist Room Rental 5-8:30 PM
Thurs. Dec. 11 Tour: 10am-8pm

Christmas Tea @ 2 PM
Live Music

Fri. Dec. 12 Tour: 10am-8pm

Live Music

Sat. Dec. 13 Tour: 1-4pm Living Christmas Card program 1-4 PM
Railroad Display 1-4 PM
Visit with Santa 1-4 PM
Live Music

Sun. Dec. 14

Tour: 1-4pm

Living Christmas Card program 1-4 PM
Railroad Display 1-4 PM
Live Music

Mon. Dec. 15 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Tue. Dec. 16 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Wed. Dec. 17 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Thurs. Dec. 18 Tour: 10am-8pm Christmas Tea @ 2 PM
Living Christmas Card program 6-8 PM
Visit with Santa 6-8 PM
Railroad Display 6-8 PM
WCHS Board Meeting 6-8 PM
Fri. Dec. 19 Tour: 10am-5pm Gala Fundraiser 6-9 PM [details]

Schedule a group tour for parties of 10 or more. Call 419-352-0967 for details.


Special Activities

Christmas Teas

Old Home Holiday Tour. Self-guided tours of the Mueum decorated in holiday splendor. Over 25 exhibits. $5/adult, $1/child.

St/Sun Dec. 6 & 7
1-4 PM

Dec. 8 & 9
10am - 5pm

Dec. 10, 11 & 12
10am - 8pm

St/Sun Dec. 13 & 14
1-4 PM

Dec. 15, 16, & 17
10am - 5pm

Th. Dec. 18
10am - 8pm

Fri. Dec. 19
(Gala 6-9)

Christmas Teas
Christmas Teas. Enjoy a special menu of holiday teas and goodies, live holiday music, and self-guided tours of the beautifully-decorated Museum. $12/adult, $10 WCHS member, $3/child.

December 11 at 2 PM
[make a reservation]

December 18 at 2 PM
[make a reservation]

Working Railroad Display

Living Christmas Cards. Three exhibit rooms come to life with interactive interpreters. Family crafts included.

  • Explore ethnic Christmas foods in the kitchen exhibit
  • Experience The Great Depression of the 1930s through the Infirmary bedroom
  • Help us "Feed the World" and support other charitable movements of the 1980s

Sat. Dec. 13, 1-4 PM
Sun. Dec. 14, 1-4 PM
Th. Dec. 18, 6-8 PM

Visit with Santa
Visit with Santa Claus! Bring your digital camera and snap a photo with Santa.

Dec. 6 & 7, 1-4 PM
Dec. 13 & 14, 1-4 PM
Th. Dec. 18, 6-8 PM

Gingerbread House Making Workshop
Holiday Gala Fundraiser. Start the season in a sparkle at the Gala! Light grazing, champagne, and Silent Auction that will make holiday shopping a breeze. RSVP for this special evening 419-352-0967 $20/person.

Friday, Dec. 19 from
6-9 PM
[more about the Gala]

Live Music
Live Music at the Museum.
An array of local talents make merry music throughout the tour season.


Working Railroad Display
Working Railroad Display of the Polar Express, courtesy of the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Association

Weekends 1-4 pm
Th. Dec. 18, 6-8 PM

Thank you Military Personnel
Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt.
Find the Gingerbread Figures in each Museum exhibit and take home a special holiday treasure.


Thank you Military Personnel
Jumbo Christmas Cards.
Peek your head into the cutouts of our jumbo-sized Christmas Card, or pose outside in front of a jumbo-sized Christmas Card amongst the outdoor Christmas Trees.


Thank you Military Personnel
Thank you to our military personnel.
A special military exhibit to honor our service men and women past and present.




Gala Fundraiser

2014 Old Home Holiday Gala Fundraiser
Friday, December 19, 6 - 9 PM
$20 admission
RSVP at 419-352-0967
Enjoy light and elegant hors d'oeuvres, delectible desserts, and sparkling champagne. Tour the museum in search of Christmas Treasures, and wrap up your Christmas gift list at the Silent Auction.

Christmas Gala Fundraiser

Rick & Carl's TreesMichael Penrod • Howard Casey Cromwell/Vipa • Mike Sibbersen • Jean & Chris Geist • George & Marsha Broadright • Darlene Petkwitz • Jim & Shirley Philo

Al-Mar Restaurant & Bowling
Handmade Baby Afghan - Ruth Hasselman, Arts In Common Gallery
BG Christmas Cheer Basket, BG Convention & Visitors Bureau
Handmade Wool Rug - Sue Cayton, Black Swamp Spinners Guild
Handmade Pottery - Deb Yeagle, Black Swamp Spinners Guild
Calico, Sage, & Thyme Gift Basket
Center for Food & Culture Calendar
RaveMotion/Cinemark Theatres, Levis Commons
Copy Shop Gift Certificate
Detroit Tigers signed baseballs
Hagemeyer Fine Photography
Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg
Holiday Inn Express Jacuzzi Suite Overnight
Julie Martini Photography
Kohne Camera & Photography, Perrysburg
LaRoe's Restaurant
Marco's Pizza, Bowling Green
National Tractor Pulling Association
Historical Books from North Baltimore Historical Society & Ft. Meigs
Jim Mollenkopf, author of The Great Black Swamp series
National Tractor Pulling Association
North Branch Nursery
The Oliver House, Toledo/Ohio Magazine
Pisanello's Pizza Party, Bowling Green
Sauder Village
Snook's Dream Car Museum
St. Julian's Fitness
Stone Ridge Golf Course
Talbots Personalized Wardrobe Seminar
Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye tickets
Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo Symphony
Toledo Zoo Family Membership

WBGU-TV DVD Goodie Bag
Portrait Sitting - Woodard Photographic, Bellevue
Sakura Japanese Steakhouse, Toledo - Eugenia Stonerock
Longaberger Sun Flower Basket - Martha Gwyn
BG Coffee & More Gift Basket from Michael Penrod
Crystal Decanter & Glass Set from Edie Olds
Oil Paintings by Beth Genson
Handmade Wooden Pens by Bob Broka
Martini Set from Kelli Kling
Homemade Christmas Ornaments by Jennifer Schrader

Northwest Ohio Community Corrections • Omega Phi Alpha • BGSU History Society • Jacob Chesnik • Becky White-Schooner • Ben Franklin Crafts • Jim Gordon • Sharon Shroyer • Dolores Black • Alyce Walden • Tina Martini • Edie Olds • Nancy Shaner • Debbie LeGalley Flo Klopfenstein • WCHS Tea Bags • Greg Predmore • Back Porch Dulcimers • Kathy Baltz • Deborah Dean • Root Cellar String Band • BGSU World Student Association • Travis Kirdekendall • Sentinel-Tribune • The Board of the Wood County Historical Society • WCHS Barn Bums
Wood Co. Commissioners James Carter, Joel Kuhlman, & Doris Herringshaw



If you or your organization would like to decorate a room, hallway, or outdoor Christmas tree, please contact us, or attend the

CHRISTMAS IN JULY : Holiday Decorators Luncheon & Kick-off Meeting
on Sunday, July 20, 2-4 PM

PDF printable PDF 2014 application
Application includes introduction, calendar, and decorator's guidelines.

TROUBLE DOWNLOADING? Contact the Museum to have an application mailed or faxed to you.

We will also have live trees outside lining the sidewalk to decorate too! This is a great project for scout, youth, church, or any other group! Trees donated by Rick & Carl's Trees, Bowling Green.


Nov. 18 - 21 10 AM - 5 PM Museum open to Decorators
Sat. Nov. 22 Noon - 5 PM Museum open to Decorators


Jan. 6 - 9 10 am - 5 pm Decorator Tear-down 
Sat. Jan. 10 Noon - 5 pm Decorator Tear-down 


2013 HOLIDAY DECORATORS: PDF printable PDF 2014 application
#1 Front Porch Sandy Gerety  
#2 Front Parlor Historic Perrysburg/Helen Haas  
#3 Dining Room Glass City Federal Credit Union/Lou Ann Hoiles  
#4 Front Hall/Stairs George & Leslee Thompson  
#5 Gift Shop Arts In Common Gallery A special gift shop of homemade items from Arts-n-Commons Gallery Artists. Get that unique gift!
#6 Back Hall/Piano North Baltimore Gleaner Arbor #410  
#7 Rest Room Fostoria Garden Club/Diann Gray  
#8 & 9 Meeting Rooms Edie Olds  
#10 Kitchen Exhibit Arts In Common Gallery Living Christmas Card Room
#11 Laundry Exhibit Tuesday Night Crawlers Car Club  
#12 Alumni Exhibit Fostoria Garden Club/Diann Gray/Phyllis Hahn  
#13 1950s Edwin Herroon, Charlene Harmon, & Elva Court  
#14 East Hall & Stairs Edwin Herroon, Grace Herroon, Charlene Harmon, & Elva Court  
#15 Government Room Fostoria Garden Club/Sandy Berrier/Karen Sue Roth  
#16 Arts & Crafts-era Exhibit Wood Co. Historical Society/Holly Hartlerode Visit with Santa select days and times
#17 Victorian Parlor Edwin Herroon, Charlene Harmon, & Elva Court  
#18 Victorian's Secret Northwest Ohio Railroad Association/Larry Todd  
#21 Native Indian (pre-Euro) Fostoria Garden Club/Phyllis Hahn  
#22 Medical Exhibit Wood Co. Historical Society  
#23 East Hall & Stairs Edwin Herroon, Charlene Harmon, & Elva Court  
#24 Barbershop & Beauty Parlor Edwin Herroon & Edie Olds  
#25 Life at the Home Exhibit

Wood Co. Solid Waste District/Amanda Gamby & Lauren Schall

#26 Hands on History
"I Love the 80s"
Wood Co. Park District/Lori Parratt & Gaynelle Predmore Living Christmas Card Room
#27 Reed General Store Wood Co. Historical Society  
#28 Infirmary Bedroom New Adventures Group/Wood Co. Committee on Aging Living Christmas Card Room
#29 One-room School Gaynelle Predmore  
#30 Military Exhibit Joyce Johnson & Gustavo Coutinho  
#31 Center Landing F.R.O.G.S. (Friends of Girl Scouts) Journey of Girl Scout Uniforms from the early 1900s to today.
#32 4-H Exhibit Wood Co. 4-H  

#33 West Hall (2nd floor south)

Juanita & Bob Place  
#34 Civil War Homefront Kitchen Ruth Steele  
#35 West Hall (2nd floor north) Black Swamp Spinners Guild  
Front Entrance Klotz Flower Farm  
Asylum Entrance Sharon Stratman  



Who Do I Contact Regarding Special Events?
Kelli Kling, Museum Event Coordinator

Kelli Kling
Marketing, PR, & Special Events
Wood County Historical Center & Museum
13660 County Home Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402



Holiday Gift Shop

Unique • Local • Historical • Special
We have a wide variety of gifts that range from locally grown herbs to books about the weird. Stop in and see our new feature on local artists.