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Antique Study Group... Back on SWING in Spring!

On Tuesday, April 7th , 6:30 pm at the Preble County Historical Society Swartsel House we will be getting our Antique Study Group back together! Our 1st topic and speaker for the new year will be:

Mills, Still, Taverns and Temperance (Preble County, Ohio 1800 to 1920) – By Harold Bussell

Harold is the author of this booklet and has already presented this topic to a few groups in Preble County and has gotten great feedback. Harold will enlighten us on the production, use, and abuse of alcohol throughout Preble County from the early 1800’s to approximately 1920 and the beginning of prohibition . We will provide snacks and drinks so please RSVP if you plan on attending so we can get a head count. You’ll also get a chance to meet our new PCHS Director Misti Spillman.

The Antique Study Group will now be meeting every 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm with meetings being held at the PCHS Swartsel House, unless otherwise noted. We encourage you to bring your friends and get them involved in this group and other exciting happenings at the PCHS.
We’re looking forward to getting everyone back together again to share knowledge, stories, collections and friendship. Again, RSVP to director Misti Spillman at if you plan on attending, and please pass this information onto others that may be interested. (Our May 5th topic will be “Gravestones and Cemetery Restoration” presented by our new director Misti Spillman.)

PCHS Annual Meeting 2015 • April 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Preble County Fine Arts Center

The Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, April 12, at the Preble County Fines Arts Center, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Guest Speaker will be Monica Rakovan with a presentation and overview of the recent Aukerman Creek Restoration Project.

Once again the following service awards will be presented: Lifetime Dedication Award; Years of Service Award; Sara Swartsel Volunteer of the Year Award; Business of the Year Award; New Volunteer of the Year Award.

We ask that ALL PCHS Members please join in the meeting. Also, we as that ALL PCHS MEMBERS consider NOMINATING individuals or groups for the PCHS Service Awards.

Members will be receiving notification of this event by email or vial U.S. Postal.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Please send nominations to PCHS AWARDS


The Aukerman Creek Restoration Project

The Aukerman Creek restoration project exemplifies our efforts in continuing this mission. Aukerman Creek was named after John Aukerman (History 1881). In 1804 he settled at the mouth of what since has been known as Aukerman Creek. His legacy has endured throughout the history of Preble County along with the creek.

Aukerman Creek, a tributary within the Twin Creek Watershed, travels through the Preble County Historical Society nature reserve . Sections of the stream have deteriorated and severe erosion has become a paramount concern, threatening infrastructure in the area. Several stream banks of Aukerman Creek are experiencing mass wasting. The rate of the erosion in this area is estimated to be at 1.04 tons per year for every linear foot of stream bank ( 2014).


Preble County Covered Bridge Photography Contest

Entries Due May 15, 2015
The Preble County Convention & Visitors Bureau
and the Visual Art Center of Preble County
are excited to encourage area Photographers to share their talents.

READ the details and download the PDF FORM.

Preble County Herb Society SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Herbal Tea Luncheon
Saturday, April 11th • 11:30 am
Hosted by
PCHS Herb Society
Preble County Historical Center
7693 Swartsel Road • Eaton, OH 45320

See the Brochure


11 April - Herb Tea

16 April - Dream Pillows

21 May - Glenda's Gardens

2 June - Governor's Mansion and Garden Tour; Lunch in German Village and Tour of Conifer Garden (tentative)

After 2 June, we will meet again in August 2015.

The PCHS is a non-profit corporation organized in 1971 with the mission to promote knowledge of Preble County and Ohio history. We are dedicated to collect, preserve, display, and to maintain materials and objects of all types which have historical interest and significance to Preble County and Ohio.

PCHS is a membership organization composed of active members who pay annual membership dues. The society is governed by the board of trustees elected by the members at the annual meeting.  

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