Museum Hours & Information

The Granville Historical Society Museum is currently closed for the season, but the Research Center remains open on Thursdays. 

Research Center hours:

Thursdays: 9:30 to noon
and 1 to 4 

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.  

For a calendar view of our hours and events, please click here.

Both the museum and research center are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit!

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Latest news from the Granville Historical Society


GHS Annual Meeting: 4/22 at 7:30

The Granville Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting at the GHS Museum on Tuesday, Apr. 22, at 7:30 p.m. 

In addition to Society business, the evening will feature a talk by Neal Zimmers, Jr. entitled “Observations of the Unintended Consequences of Government Actions in American History.”  Mr. Zimmers has been involved in a range of public policy issues at all levels of government for more than forty years. He brings this experience together with his interest in history to explore the different ways that governmental policy decisions often lead to unintended results. 

When:  Tuesday, 4/22, at 7:30 p.m.

Where:  GHS Museum, 115 E. Broadway, Granville



April Modern Times Now Available

The April 2014 issue of our monthly e-newsletter, Modern Times, is now available.  If you're a subscriber, you've already received it by email.

This month features class visits to the Old Academy Building; also, we're seeking your photos as well as your help on a work day for the Old Colony Burying Ground on June 7.

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


New Pocket History Coming Soon!

The fifth volume of the Granville Historical Society's Pocket History series will be out on April 22. Theresa Overholser has written a fantastic history of the Old Colony Burying Ground; not only will you learn about the lives and times of the people buried there, but the book also serves as a walking tour for the cemetery itself. From the back cover:

Full of stories (and a few secrets), the Old Colony Burying Ground remains one of the gems of Granville, Ohio. This book provides both the history and a walking tour of this nineteenth-century cemetery, introducing you to the lives and times of the people buried there, . . . as well as the ups and downs of the cemetery itself: its origins, decline, and recent renewal. With asides on topics from stone-carving to war veterans, this Pocket History offers a fascinating way to think about and walk through two centuries of village history.

The publication of this volume was made possible by a generous gift from the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation of Newark, Ohio.

If all goes according to plan, the book will be available for sale at our annual membership meeting on Apr. 22.  It will also be available in the museum and on our website (click here for our online store). We hope you will be as excited about this book as we are!


Lecture, 4/11: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David B. Davis on Slavery and History

The Department of History at Denison is hosting a top-tier program this Friday that promises to be worth attending. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David B. Davis will be speaking on "Slavery and History."  A Professor Emeritus of History at Yale, Dr. Davis has authored a number of books on the institution of slavery in the United States and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on the topic. As we approach the anniversary of the April 1836 Anti-Slavery Convention in Granville accompanied by the controversial "Great Riot", this is certainly a timely topic!
The program is free with discussion and refreshments to follow. 

When:  Friday, Apr. 11, at 3 PM

Where: Herrick Auditorium on the Denison Campus

Thanks to the DU History Dept. for including the Historical Society and local community in this event. 

Two Lectures on Baseball, 3/22 and 3/25

Photo by AceFrenzy; used under Creative Commons.The GHS is sponsoring two lectures on baseball in the next few days. 

First up, this Saturday, March 22nd at 1 PM at the Granville Public Library, award-winning author Bob Lackey presents "Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Bob Ewing." He details the fascinating story of Ohio born pitcher Bob Ewing, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds who triggered a major change to the game by throwing spitballs during the early days of the professional game. This talk is co-sponsored by the GHS and Granville Public Library.

Then on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 at the museum (115 E. Broadway), the Granville Historical Society presents "Ohio's Contribution to Major League Baseball: Maybe Greater Than You Might Think." The talk will be presented by Dr. Reed Browning, Emeritus Professor of History at Kenyon College and author of Cy Young: A Baseball Life; it will draw attention to some of the native Ohioans who helped shape our national pasttime. 

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