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WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Together It's Our Place. Together It's Our Story.

aka Harmon Museum   |   Lebanon, OH   |  wchsmuseum.org

Mission

To preserve and present the heritage of Warren County and southwest Ohio.

Ruling year info

2022

President

Mr. Todd Yohey

Main address

105 S Broadway

Lebanon, OH 45036 USA

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Formerly known as

Warren County History Center

EIN

31-6055607

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Art Museums (A51)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Following the Tracks of the Underground Railroad

Permanent exhibit and self guided tour. Special structured school tour for K-12 students. Special lecture presentations for adults.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Aimed at students grades 2 - 12, with a focus on the Ohio standards for social studies. Presented by certified K-12 staff, all masters level or above.

Population(s) Served

School tour program 4th and 8th grade students designed to teach the history and science of the development of machines to help people do work.

Population(s) Served

This overlay tour of the entire Warren County History Center focuses on common and everyday practices of the 19th and early 20th century that we in the 21st century find gruesome or downright horrifying.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Lunch & Learn is a monthly lecture series founded in partnership with Sinclair Community College and their life long learning program. The Warren County Historical Society produces and hosts the event each month which includes a gourmet lunch and lecture on various topics of historical interest plus tour of the History Center.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Costumed interpreters portray citizens of note buried in each of Lebanon's two cemeteries while Historian John Zimkus leads groups of 50 or fewer from tombstone to tombstone.$

Population(s) Served
Adults

Gatherings at Glendower is a series of events in June, July and August that include family friendly events on the lawn and tours of the house. Events include demonstrations of historic crafts and needle arts, cooking and herb lore, music and story telling.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A 1000 square foot gallery dedicated to exhibiting works by contemporary artist as a show gallery. Works are displayed, the artist is given an opening reception and works may or may not be sold with commission to Harmon Museum.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Community Service Award 2015

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce

History Outreach Award 2013

Ohio History Alliance

Award of Merit 2012

American Association of State and Local History

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Reciprocal Museums 2021

Smithsonian Institute Member 2020

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We want to help inspire the future by exploring the past. To that end, our goal is to provide educational and engaging programs, events and museum experiences for all families in Warren County, particularly for the children. Children love our museums. We offer a \u0022tough museum\u0022, that is to say, we encourage children to touch and play and interact with many of our artifacts.

Our strategic initiatives in place for 2019/2020 are as follows:\n\nImprove Endowment Investment.\n\nDevelop Foundation and Corporate Sponsorships, Memberships and Grants.\n\nCollaborate with Other Non-profit Organizations, both cultural non-profits and Warren County Charities.\n\nMarket to All Age Groups.\n\nInvite Every Warren County Resident to Visit our Museums.

Improve endowment investments and financial performance. - We have decided to move our investment funds from their current manager to a new manager and have interviewed several companies and are currently reviewing proposals. We have developed a plan for managing the endowment as a Board with the help of an outside financial advisor.\r\n\r\nDevelop foundation and corporate sponsorships, memberships and grants. - each Board members has been tasked with developing one new foundation and one new corporate supporter/member with the purpose of supporting the operation of our museums.\r\n\r\nCollaborate with other non-profit organizations, both cultural non-profits and Warren County Charities - we have partnered with Warren County Community Services, Big Brothers \u0026 Sisters of Warren \u0026 Clinton Counties, Warren County Abuse \u0026 Rape Crisis Shelter and the Interfaith Hospitality Network for all four of our 2015 holiday programs, providing donation to each organizations from ticket sales and events. We are partnering with Main Street Lebanon, the Lebanon Theater Company and the Mason Players for holiday programs.\r\n\r\nMarket to all age groups and invite every Warren County resident to visit our museums - we recently announced that museum admission to the Warren County History Center is now free to all Warren County residents.

We have not cultivated new foundation and corporate partners to meet the financail needs of the operation of our museums.

Financials

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WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. J. William Duning

Gray and Duning

Term: 2014 - 2018


Board co-chair

Ms. Gail Rose

Retired

Term: 2018 - 2021

James Norris

Retired

Elizabeth Morris

Retired

William Duning

Gray & Duning

John Zimkus

Warren County Historical Society

Denny Means

Retired

Patrick Allen

Attorney at Law

Lisa Koch

Teacher

Sherrie Bowers

GMI Industries

Carrie Murphy

LM&M Railroad

Hope Schneider

Retired

Mike Giannotta

LCBN Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes