Historical Society ties holidays & history

History is important.  If we neglect teaching, sharing, and understanding our history, then we miss celebrating previous achievements and we risk repeating past mistakes.  The Wood County Historical Society exists to collect and promote our shared story.  For the past year, we have been telling the story of Wood County’s involvement in World War I.  To tell stories like these, we need your help to build and organize collections and to fund exhibits that connect us to our shared past.  We need your help to raise the funds needed to do this work!  

So before the hustle and bustle of the holidays descends on you completely, mark your calendar for December 9…

Boost your holiday morale at “Furlough from the Front: A Benefit for the Wood County Historical Society” at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum (13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green) on Saturday, December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Fans of history, families, and friends will come together to tour the award-winning WWI exhibit “Over There! Send Word, the Wood County Boys are Coming!” while enjoying the festivities of a WWI furlough including heavy appetizers – and tastings of beer or wine, set in WWI Allied and Enemy countries. Local craft brewery, Bowling Green Beer Works, will provide holiday brews from Germany, Belgium, and Great Britain. Wines from France, Germany, and Austria will be available from Bowling Green’s Express Stop.

Themed gift baskets filled by artists, merchants, and restaurants will be there to tempt you through raffle ticket purchases.  Live music from the Maumee High School Singers will start the evening off and go until 6:30 PM, followed by WWI-era music courtesy of the BGSU Popular Culture Library.

Come help the Society raise funds for future exhibits and have a lot of fun at the same time!  Gala tickets are $25/person. Beer & wine tasting tickets are an additional $20. For tickets, please call 419-352-0967 or purchase online at woodcountyhistory.org.


Michael Penrod

Historical Society President