During the recent Antique Appraisal Fair at the Champaign County Historical Museum prizes were awarded for the “Most Unusual” and the “Most Valuable“ items submitted for appraisal.
Round Barns of America - 75 Icons of History By Robert Kroeger BOOK SIGNING EVENT
APRIL 14, 2023
12 -2 pm
Champaign Co. Historical Museum
809 E. Lawn Ave. Urbana, OH
Join us April 14, 2023 from 12 -2 pm, when artist and writer, Robert Kroeger, will visit the Champaign County Historical Society and Museum (CCHS) to sign his latest book Round Barns of America – 75 Icons of History.
The hard cover book features 75 round barns (circular, octagonal, or other polygonal without right angles) in 32 states, stretching from the east coast to the wild west. Enjoy the colorful stories, some of them intriguing rags to riches tales such as Absalom Jennings and his Nutwood, the brick round barn, built in 1858 in Ohio, and Schandor Herz, born in Slovakia in the 19th. century and raised in Chicago, finishing his years on a sumptuous Kentucky horse farm in Bourbon County and its rare tetradecagonal barn. Together, these 75 round barns represent a cross section of American pioneers, dating from years before the American Revolution to the glory decades of round barns – 1870s to 1920s. It is the first book to cover round barns on a national scope and its stories capture early Americana!
Three round barns in Champaign County were included in the book and the owners of the barns will share their knowledge of their respective barns’ history and architectural details. In addition, Mr. Kroeger will share stories of his travels and discoveries.
Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served following the program.
Mr. Kroeger has appeared twice at the museum in the past to demonstrate his barn painting technique and to sign his previous book published in 2021, Historic Barns of Ohio. Following his presentations, he presented the Museum with twenty- four of his original Champaign County barn paintings for use as a fund raising tool. The CCHS featured twelve of the paintings on the 2023 Calendar. The proceeds of the calendar sales and a percentage of the proceeds from the auction of those twelve paintings have gone towards the operations of the Museum. The additional twelve paintings will be offered at auction in the near future.
If you are unable to attend the book signing, you may purchase the book from the publisher, Acclaim Press - www.acclaimpress.com
2023 Calendar of Events
Are you interested in finding out what we have planned for 2023 here at the Champaign County Historical Society Museum? Take a look below to see our full calendar of events for the year and fill your calendar with your favorites!
*All events are subject to change.
January 22 Annual Membership Meeting 2:00 p.m.
February 26 Black History Month Presentation 2:00 p.m.
March 23 Antique Appraisal Fair 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
April 14 Dr. Robert Kroeger 12:00 p.m.
Round Barns of America
Book Signing and Barn Stories
May 20-21 Mid-American Band Organ Rally 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
July 16 Ice Cream Social 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
August 27 Picnic on the Lawn 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
October 1 Oktoberfest 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
November 5 Bowling Party 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 10 Christmas Dinner 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Membership meeting January 22nd at 2 p.m. followed by a program on the history of North Lewisburg presented by Max Coates
On January 22, 2023, at 2 p.m. Max and Janice Coates will be presenting a program on the history of North Lewisburg at the Champaign County Historical Society located at 809 E. Lawn Ave. Urbana, Ohio. Join us on the 22nd of January to find out fun and interesting facts about this area of Rush Township.
Avoiding Scams Program Nov. 13
Celebrating our 50th Year, this Oktoberfest promises a day of fun for the entire family! The museum will be open to explore, and the grounds will be full of crafters and artists selling hand thrown pottery, candles, wreaths, holiday décor, pumpkins, woodcrafts, scented oils, bath bombs, handcrafted soaps made with natural and organic oils, handmade quilts, jewelry, and lots more! There will be games for the children and decorated pumpkins to buy!
Returning is Schmidt’s Restaurant from German Village, Columbus. They will offer Bahama Mammas, knockwurst, German bologna, German potato salad, kraut, sweet red cabbage, pork or chicken brats, and their famous jumbo cream puffs! If you have not had one, you do not know what you are missing! Heavenly!
Returning, also, is Poppy’s Smokehouse Food Truck with their bbq ribs and pulled pork and pulled chicken. Layla’s Sweet Treats will once again offer premium hand-dipped ice cream in cups, waffle cones, milkshakes, and sundaes!!
Joining us this year is The Fat Straw Co., offering Tiger, Taro, Peach, Dragon Fruit and Tropical milk teas, chai, lemonade, and strawberry matcha.
Joining us, also, is Carter’s Chimney Cakes Food truck. A chimney cake is a traditional Hungarian dessert or Eastern European Street food. It is simply a sweet dough wrapped around a spit cooked over a rotisserie grill, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Delicious toppings are then added such as Oreos, cinnamon sugar, coconut, and sprinkles. When stood up straight, the hot steam comes out from the top of the cake looking like a chimney. They can be made traditional cake style or as a cone filled with goodness. This is a traditional Oktoberfest food and one we are excited to offer our guests!
A local favorite, Farmer’s Daughter will be offering their homemade specials and various vendors will be offering cookies, French macarons, breads, kettle corn, and other delights!
No Oktoberfest is complete without beer – and we will have a beer trailer offering a variety of your favorites!
Delicious food, live entertainment, and an admission price of only $3.00 – what could be better? Mark your calendar and don’t miss this day of fun for the whole family!
Oktoberfest is the largest fundraiser for the Historical Society.
The Champaign County Historical Society hosted a Picnic on the Lawn on August 28th. Attendees enjoyed summer breezes, live music, each other's company and a Sunday afternoon lunch of chicken salad on a croissant, baked beans, cookies, iced tea and lemonade catered by In Good Taste Catering. Pictures from the event are below. Click here to see our upcoming events!
Dining at MIXX165 Fundraiser
The menu includes an assortment of appetizers, wonderful burgers, tasty sandwiches and healthy crisp salads. Entrees include steak, chicken, seafood, pork, and pasta served with your choice of sides. For an added treat, top off your meal with the daily dessert, creme brulee or a hot fudge sundae with Hemisphere coffee!
Whether you want a quick lunch, an afternoon milkshake,a relaxing dinner or just a glass of wine at the end of the day, all purchases will benefit the expansion of the Champaign County Historical Museum.
We need your support and "dining out" is always fun- see you Oct. 18 at MIXX165!
Champaign County Historical Society Board President