Preble County Historical Society



Bridges, Bikes and Blues kicks off on Saturday June 18, 2016,

putting Preble County’s rural landscape and historic covered bridges on display. The cruise then transitions into a great party and concert complete with smoking hot blues bands, great food, and an outdoor beer garden in downtown Eaton, Ohio! It will be a great day to cruise all eight covered bridges with plenty of amazing scenery. The previous four years of the event have received rave reviews, and the best part is that this tour is not just for motorcycles; all motorized vehicles are welcome to participate as well!  READ MORE…..

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 2.38.29 PMANTIQUE STUDY GROUP:  STARR PIANO  Yesterday, Tuesday, May 3rd, Dave Edwards gave us an incredible taste of history of the Starr Piano Company and their Gennett Record label, both being located in the Whitewater river valley in Richmond, Indiana.  Dave presented some great pictures and shared some fascinating stories of the Starr Piano Company, which [ READ MORE…]


Next month the Antique Study Group will be meeting at the PCHS center on Tuesday, May 3rd  at 6:30   , Dave Edwards will be presenting information on the Starr Piano Company and their Gennett Record label; both were located in the Whitewater river valley in Richmond, Indiana.  Dave has some interesting facts and stories he will be sharing with us on both of these companies.  I’m sure this will be an eye-opening experience when Dave covers just some of the few famous artist that have recorded their songs locally in Richmond.  If you have an old Gennett record or two you would like to share, bring it along with you as we’ll have an antique Victrola available to listen to some of these old songs.   [READ MORE…]

Lightner Sentenced to Prison

TRENDING:  Jane Lighnter Sentenced to Prison.  READ STORY in TRENDING.


EATON —  The former executive director of the Preble County Historical Society was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison this afternoon.

Mellanie Lightner pleaded guilty to grand theft and securing items by deception last month.

The state auditor reported the Preble County Historical Society did not employ a bookkeeper after 2006 and in 2014, the society’s trustees found Lightner had “misappropriated” approximately $14,000 in grant money.

The trustees contacted the sheriff’s office, which led to a state audit that revealed Lightner used her position to “hide financial transactions” and open accounts without the trustees’ approval, according to the state auditor’s office.  READ MORE….

The Preble County Historical Society 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 composted of active members who pay annual membership dues. The society is governed by the board of eleven trustees, nominated and appointed in accordance with the PCHS Code of Regulations.

PCHS operates the Preble County Historical Center, which provides a unique environment for the organization to pursue its mission. The Center provides the opportunity for individuals of all ages, abilities, and incomes to experience, imagine, learn, create, and welcome the historic flavor of the rich cultural heritage of Preble County in to their lives.

Dedicated to preserving and protecting our county heritage, artifacts, memories, and ideas. From the early 1800s to modern day, Preble County has rich farming and rural traditions to treasure. The Historical Society has a wealth of historical materials, from family photographs and records to old-time clothing, buggies, and a 1903 Model A Ford. Through its programs, exhibits, educational programs, and special events, and library and archives, Preble County Historical Society puts you in touch with local history.