Ohio Scenic Rivers Program

The Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program Presentation by Christina Kuchle (ODNR)

Sunday, March 21st, 2021, Nazareth Hall near Grand Rapids OH

Because of our prior deposit arrangement with Nazareth Hall for this Fall, we are postponing the presentation that we already had arranged to the new date. Hopefully, this will indeed occur but we are prepared to postpone again, or cancel altogether.

The agenda will be:

12:00 – Gather, greet, peruse organization info/display tables
12:30 – Luncheon (optional) $20 – rsvp required
1:30 – Presentation by Christina Kuchle
3:00 – Tour of Nazareth Hall building and grounds

Lunch Menu: Garden Salad, Apple Glazed Pork Roast, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Buttered Baby Carrots, Cornbread Stuf_ng, Triple Chocolate Cake, Coffee, Iced Tea.

This will be open to the public. We will make a special invitation to our MVHC members and the members of our Partnering organizations, and those that we know are “friends” of MVHC.

Please put this on your calendar and consider bringing others. All precautions will be made to follow the needed safety guidelines. We invite our Partner organizations, historical organizations, museums, and other related heritage groups, to bring brochures and information that can be set out on information display tables (provided). Please contact Frank Butwin at [email protected] or 419-270-0622 to make an arrangement for a table

Partnership Program Launched

Reciprocal Organizational Partnership Program Launched

From MVHC President Frank Butwin:

The MVHC recently launched a new program to invite organizations in our 7 county focus area to be partners with the MVHC. In the past, we have had a an organizational membership category for museums, historical & genealogical societies, park districts, heritage & cultural sites, libraries, battle sites, recreational trail clubs, soil & water conservation districts, chambers of commerce, visitor bureaus, and others that embrace our mission. There are over 100 groups that could be partners. The dues varied over time but ended up as $100. Sometimes we just exchanged checks. This was a hassle and only one group did it. There are 3 fairly large groups (TMACOG, Destination Toledo, and Ohio Local History Alliance) where we pay their organizational membership dues but they don’t pay to be members of MVHC.

It is our mission to promote many of the above mentioned groups and we want to partner with them to facilitate that promotion without the restrictiveness of paying dues. We only had one partner but want to have over 100. If they are partners, we would be able to advertise their organization, historic presentations, festivals, and events. And they could do the same for the MVHC. Often times, our region’s sites and events are only known to the local folk.

Collectively with our partners, we can have a stronger voice and can make more of an impact furthering our mutual missions. We can share resources such as a speakers, re-enactor groups, brochures, and vendor contacts. We can provide links to organization websites and share social media posts & newsletters. This will expand the awareness of each organization to our target audience. And, having partners gives us better leverage for grant applications and funding.

So far we have reached out to about 15 organizations. I want to welcome these new partners:

Tree Toledo

Tree Toledo (www.treetoledo.org) is an all-volunteer effort that distributes free tree seedlings and spreads awareness of the importance of trees for the climate and beautification of our corridor. Check them out.

Henry County Chamber of Commerce

The Henry County Chamber of Commerce (www.henrycountychamber.org), based in Napoleon, Ohio, strongly supports the businesses, other organizations, and activities throughout Henry County.

Wood County Historical Society

The Wood County Historical Museum (www.woodcountyhistory.org), based in Bowling Green, Ohio, promotes and exhibits the history of Wood County though many events and displays at the Wood County Museum, the renovated county infirmary, located southeast of the I-75 and US 6 intersection.