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The Granville Historical Society Museum is now closed for the season and will reopen next spring. 

However, the Research Center and archives will remain open on Thursdays: 

Research Center hours:

Thursdays: 9:30 to noon
and 1:00 to 4:00 

Anyone wishing to make special arrangements should contact Theresa Overholser or call the Historical Society at 740-587-3951 and leave a message.

The museum and research center are located at 115 E. Broadway.  For a map to the GHS, please click here.  

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Latest news from the Granville Historical Society


February Modern Times Now Available

The February issue of our monthly e-newsletter, Modern Times, is now available.  If you're a subscriber, you've already received it by email.  


In this month's issue, we preview our spring programs, including an overview of the "Welsh Love Spoon" dinner, talk, and raffle (see also here for more information). We also give you a new "artifact of the month" and more. 


To receive each new issue of Modern Times directly in your inbox, please email us at granvillehistorical@gmail.com. You do not have to be a member of the GHS to sign up!  To read previous issues of Modern Times, please click here.

"History as Background" Lecture 2/16: Enduring Values in Chinese History 

Photo by Matthew Kang, CC (some rights reserved)As part of our "History as Background" series, which seeks to illuminate current events by understanding the historical events that preceded them, the GHS and Kendal present Prof. Shirley Palmer, Emeritus Associate Professor at Ohio State University--Newark, who will speak on enduring values in Chinese history.  

She will examine the social conditions under which certain values arose, how those values were modified over time (from ancient times to Deng Xiaoping and the opening of China), and how they were and are used by the holders of power.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, 7:15pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time

Where: Kendal at Granville, the Amelia Room

"Welsh Love Spoon": Dinner, Talk, and Raffle

A Welsh Love Spoon was commissioned for this year’s St. David’s Day raffle. The winner will be selected at the banquet.

The Granville Historical Society will celebrate Granville’s Welsh heritage on March 19, a bit later than St. David’s Day, which is on March 1. St. David’s Day is celebrated on the day of the saint’s death, which was in 589 AD. The dinner and program is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Amelia Room at Kendal at Granville. 


The dinner will feature some traditional Welsh cuisine and reservations cost $30. The meal will begin with wine and appetizers. Guests will select from two entrees— Honey Roasted Lamb with Rosemary or Roasted Salmon with citrus sauce. All meals will include potato leek soup, salad, scalloped potatoes, minted peas and gingerbread cake with caramel sauce.


The program will feature Laura Jenkins Gorun, past president of the Welsh Society of Central Ohio and a nationally known carver of Welsh Love Spoons, speaking about the history of Welsh Love Spoons and the meaning of the symbols depicted on them. 


Dating back to the 17th century, the oldest example of a Welsh Love Spoon (dated 1667) is on display at the Welsh National Museum in St. Fagans, Wales. Over the generations, many decorative carvings were added to the original utilitarian spoons, which served as proof of a young man’s ability to provide for his intended wife and a family. Carved from one piece of wood, the symbols used on the spoon handles have come to represent such sentiments has good luck, faith, and security. In former days the young woman might have tied the spoon to her apron strings for all to see. In the 21st century, the decorative spoons are given for many special occasions – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, christenings, or housewarmings.


A specially commissioned spoon is being raffled by the Historical Society and carries a daffodil and a leek in recognition of Granville’s long-standing Daffodil Days celebration and the tradition in Wales of wearing a leek on St. David’s Day. (Legend has it that St. David ordered his soldiers to wear a leek as they fought the Saxon invaders in order to distinguish friend from foe. Welsh Army regiments still wear a leek on St. David’s Day.)


The spoon is carved of Buckeye wood and was awarded second place at the Dayton Woodcarvers’ Artistry in Wood competition for Abstract & Ornamental Carvings. The show is one of the largest in the nation with more than 200 exhibitors and the category attracts the most entries. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available at the museum during regular Thursday open hours and at all program events up to & including the St. David’s Day event.


An Ohio native, Laura graduated from Capital University with a degree in fine arts. She spent two semesters at Scuola Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, Italy, but began her professional life in the financial services industry. She became captivated by the love spoon tradition and in 2009 she left her career in finance and is now devoting most of her time to designing, carving and speaking about the Welsh Love Spoon tradition.


Laura served as the local chair for the recent National Festival of Wales in Columbus. She and David Western, another talented carver, created a spoon for that event that was valued at more than $2,000 and depicted the Welsh Red Dragon de- feating the White Dragon. Laura’s spoons are sold at the Studios on High Gallery in the Columbus Short North and by commission.

Jan. 23: Movies at the Museum

Louis Sullivan's Home Building Association in Newark; Sullivan is the subject of a film being shown by the GHS on Jan. 23. Photo: Wikipedia.On Jan. 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., the Granville Historical Society will be screening two films at the Robinson Research Center of the GHS Museum:

Tour of the Welsh Hills:  a 22-minute documentary about the Welsh Hills area

Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture:  A film about the great architect who gave us the 1914 Home Bank Association building on the square in Newark.

Both films are free and open to the public, and we'll provide soft drinks and popcorn. 



1/19: Lecture on FDR and the New Deal


On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Granville Historical Society and Kendal at Granville will co-sponsor a talk by Dr. Richard Lucier: "FDR and the New Deal: What Was It and Why Did He Succeed." Dr. Lucier will consider FDR's personality, why people were drawn to him, why he thought he could be an agent of change, and what policies should be implemented.  This talk is free and open to the public.


Lucier is Professor Emeritus of Economics from Denison, where he began teaching in 1971. During his teaching career he spent a one-year sabbatical at the Department of the Treasury in Washington. He and his wife, Barb, have retired to Saugatuck, Michigan, where he is an active community volunteer.


When: Tue., Jan 19, 2016, 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Where: Kendal At Granville (Amelia Room), Granville, OH, United States (map)