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:
Defiance County Soil & Water Conservation District
The Defiance SWCD’s mission is to protect the land and water of Defiance County by being an innovative leader, assisting and educating the public to make the best choices for conserving and preserving our natural resources. Learn more about them at https://www.defianceswcd.org/.
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 www.visittoledo.org.
Gibsonburg Historical Society
The Gibsonburg, Ohio, Historical Society shares the history, artifacts and stories of their little town and promotes education and aid in research. Membership to the society is free as is participation! If you have something to share, or donate, please message us at https://www.facebook.com/GibsonburgOhHistSoc/!
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.
Henry County Historical Society
The mission of theHenry County Historical Society (www.henrycountyhistory.org) 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 (www.historyinyourownbackyard.com) 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.
Holy Toledo History
Tedd Long is a writer, author, and tour guide who concentrates on the history of the Maumee Valley. The website showcases books, tours, a blog, pictures and history articles of area. HolyToledoHistory.com
Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc. (NORTA)
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
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.
Save Maumee (https://savemaumee.org/) serves as an advisory committee member for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie. This international agreement between the United States and Canada, presents the greatest contributors of phosphorus and nitrogen to the Western Lake Erie Basin, and establishes an action plan for addressing the most critical areas. Save Maumee Riparian Buffer Initiative projects will reduce 1,130 pounds of nitrogen and 671 pounds of phosphorus, from entering the Maumee River, per year.
Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (S.A.V.E.)
The Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, (S.A.V.E.) Inc. (https://www.lourdes.edu/about-lourdes/outreach/save/) fosters a personal awareness and respect for the interrelatedness of ecology, spirituality, and sustainability. S.A.V.E. creates formal and informal life-long learning opportunities in collaboration with organizations at all levels-local, national, and global. S.A.V.E.’s activities are designed to empower individuals to values-based action for a just and sustainable world.
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.
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 www.tuttlemuseum.com.
Waterville Historical Society
The Waterville Historical Society (http://www.watervillehistory.org/) collects, preserves, provides access to, interprets and fosters an appreciation of history that has an impact on the Waterville, Ohio and surrounding area. Since 1964 the Waterville Historical Society has played an important role in the Village of Waterville, designated a city in 2012. In 2014 the society celebrated its 50th anniversary and was awarded an Ohio Historical Society Historical Marker commemorating the society on one side and the 1881 Wakeman Hall on the other.
Wood County Historical Society
The Wood County 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 former Wood County Infirmary building) located at the southeast corner of the I-75 and US 6 intersection. Together, the Wood County Museum & Wood County Historical Society work together as a community organization that makes connections between our past, present and future by capturing stories and cultivating memories of Wood County, Ohio and the County Home.