Grand Rapids, Ohio

Reciprocal Organizational Partnership Program

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 ( 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 (, based in Napoleon, Ohio, strongly supports the businesses, other organizations, and activities throughout Henry County.

Wood County Historical Society

The Wood County Historical Museum (, 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.

Henry County Historical Society

Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society logo

The mission of theHenry County Historical Society ( is to collect, preserve, and exhibit artifacts and relics relating to Henry County, Ohio; to illustrate and promote the history of Henry County; to acquire written records of the county; to stimulate interest in Henry County through publication, lectures, educational and research activities; and to establish and maintain and operate facilities to accomplish the purposes of the society.

History In Your Own Back Yard

The purpose of History in Your Own Back Yard ( is to have a website for people to get to know about the hidden jewels in their own backyards, before they disappear forever. As the word gets out, perhaps we can help save some of them from the demolition crews.

Perrysburg Area Historic Museum

The Perrysburg Area Historic Museum’s mission is to collect and preserve historic artifacts and information from the Perrysburg area for the purpose of telling the stories and honoring the character of the Native Americans, early settlers and their families, professionals, and entrepreneurs who carved a town out of the Black Swamp.

Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc. (NORTA)

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The Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association includes major trails in Northwest Ohio. The most well-known among them are the Slippery Elm Trail, the North Country Trail, and the Wabash Cannon Trail

Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum

Andrew Tuttle Museum
Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum

Andrew L. Tuttle, a lifelong resident of Defiance, Ohio, bequeathed his extensive collection of Native American artifacts, coins, documents, stamps, military memorabilia, and other artifacts, to the city of Defiance with the stipulation a museum would be established in his name. The City accepted the entire collection in 2003 and steps were taken to catalog and stabilize the collection. The Tuttle, as the museum has been nicknamed, officially opened to the public in May 2011. More information can be found at

Destination Toledo

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The excitement. The energy. The resurgence. This is Toledo, where there’s a new adventure on every block. Exciting activities are just around the corner and hidden experiences are waiting to be discovered. Toledo is a prime destination for anyone interested in culinary tours, hands-on glassblowing, live entertainment and countless more endeavors. This is a city where there’s always more to explore. Find more informaton at

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