Preble County Historical Society.

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Bridges Bikes and Blues

Bridges Bikes and Blues is June 20, 2015! THIS YEAR will be BETTER than ever. Gear up your Bikes for the Ride!


For Regisration Information, Call 937-787-4256 or Email

SEE the June 20th Event Page!

Amphitheater Schedule

Sunday July 5 - Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

2PM – 11PM

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

Exhibits, children’s games, Eaton Community Band and the Eaton Community Chorus, 2015 Hall of Honor Inductions, Evening Music by the Worley Boys

SEE the July 5th Event Page!

Saturday July 18 - Idol & Ticket to Ride

3PM – Preble County Idol Eaton Regional Finals - FREE

SEE the July 18th Idol Event Page!

7PM – Ticket to Ride: Beatles Tribute Band Costumes from the Ed Sullivan Show , and and Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Band $10/person

SEE the july 18th beatles Event Page!

Saturday August 15
- Pure Grain and Dallas Moore Bands

7PM - Pure Grain and Dallas Moore Bands

Two “Outlaw Country” bands in the tradition of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings


SEE the August 15th Event Page!

Sunday August 23
- Worley Boys / Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

4PM - Worley Boys

6:30PM - Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

“Bluegrass and Gospel”


SEE the August 23rd Event Page! SOON!

Antique Study Group... Meeting Review and Schedule!

Thanks to everyone who made it to the PCHS center for last night’s Antique Study Group. Misti Spillman, PCHS Director was our speaker and her topic was “Cemetery Restoration and Gravestone Cleaning”. Misti, enlightened us all on how to research, prepare, and get trustees, schools, and citizens involved in the restoration of local cemeteries. She has put together a wonderful pamphlet / “tool kit” on what is needed when tackling a job such as this. I think we all know of a cemetery that could use some help in Preble County and it’s great to know we have a professional resource we can tap into to. As Misti stressed, we have a great opportunity to get our local schools involved; what a wonderful way to get young students interested in history and Preble County!
I’d also like to thank Barb Cox who volunteered to provide some wonderful snacks and desserts for the meeting. Those of you that missed out on her peanut butter sheet cake really missed a special treat.
Again the Antique Study Group is now meeting every 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm with meetings being held at the PCHS Swartsel House, unless otherwise noted. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd and we will be learning about the history of our 1903 Ford. With some luck, we’ll start it up and cruise the grounds! We encourage you to bring your friends and get them involved in this group and other exciting happenings at the PCHS. Please contact Misti at if you plan on attending on June 2nd.

Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair

Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair

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.)

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 Herb Society UPDATES

Herbal Tea Luncheon. April 11, 2015 PHOTO GALLERY: See all the photos from this great event. Presentation this year was "The Language of Flowers" presented by Janell Foust.

Preble County Herb Society SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Spring Schedule.

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.


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


The Annual Meeting WAS HELD Sunday, April 12, at the

The following service awards were 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.Preble County Fines Arts Center, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

•• Yearly Meeting Minutes 2014
••• Yearly Meeting Minutes 2015

The Guest Speaker, Monica Rakovan gave an excellent presentation and overview of the recent Aukerman Creek Restoration Project.

See the Photo Gallery of this Event!