Museum Hours & Information

The Granville Historical Society Museum is now closed for the season and will reopen in the spring; however, the Robinson Research Center remains 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.  

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


Lecture, 3/31: The Beatles!

No, none of the Beatles have ever visited Granville (that we know of, at least not yet!), but on Tuesday, March 31, at 7pm, we will discuss the Beatles importance and legacy.  Dr. Anna Nekola, Professor of Music at Denison University, and Chuck Peterson, Sentinel Editor and maven of rock history, will present a musicological and historical overview of the Fab Four's significance. 

Bring questions, curiosity, and fond memories. Be surprised to learn more about the Fab Four, and be prepared to defend your choice of "favorite Beatle" if it's not George (sorry, your humble GHS webmaster can't help himself)!     

When:  Tuesday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m. 

Where:  Bryn Du mansion, 537 Jones Rd, Granville, OH 43023


Lecture, 4/7 at 7:00: “When Granville Went to War”

On Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 pm at Bryn Du Mansion, the GHS will present “When Granville Went to War,” a lecture by Kevin Bennett. Kevin will talk about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and how it changed life in Granville during the war years, 1941-1945 and what happened here while “the boys were over there.”

Kevin Bennett is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who recently served as President of the Granville Historical Society, and is also a past President of the Licking County Historical Society. He’s published numerous history-related pieces, including a GHS Pocket History about Granville's role in the Civil War. He was also co-author of Granville’s bi-centennial history. 


Annual Meeting: 4/30 at 7:00 including a talk on the Granville Inn

The Annual Meeting of the Granville Historical Society will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in Room #115 Burton Morgan Lecture Hall (Burton Morgan Center, Denison University).

Please note the different location this year--we’re meeting on Denison’s campus.  You can walk from the underground garage into Burton Morgan and go down one floor. The evening will consist of a half-hour business meeting followed by a talk about the Granville Inn.

The business meeting will include a vote on the proposed new constitution and bylaws, the election of officers and brief reports from the president and the treasurer.

The Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate. 
For one year terms as:
President – Tom Martin
Vice President – Cynthia Cort
Secretary – Chuck Peterson
Treasurer – Jane Wilkin

For three-year terms as:

Members of the Board of Managers
Jennifer Kinsley
Janet Procida
Gary Yaekle
Nominations also may be made from the floor with the approval of the person being nominated.

Following the business meeting, we will have a program on The Granville Inn in conjunction with Denison University and The Works, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Denison President Adam Weinberg and Jeremy Johnson, Vice President of Project Management at Robertson Construction Services will discuss the past, reconstruction, and future of the Granville Inn.


On Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m., the GHS will host the next lecture in our "History as Background series. Reed Browning will be discussing "How World War I Created the Modern Middle East."

The focus of the talk will be the post-WWI settlement imposed by the European powers, chiefly Britain, on the former Ottoman area that stretches from the Mediterranean eastwards to the Persian frontier, or, if you prefer, from the Levant to Mesopotamia.  Browning will show how an understanding of this settlement is critical to understanding the region today. 

When:  Wed., March 25, at 7:00 p.m. 

Where:  The GHS Museum

Reed Browning will deliver our next "History as Background" lecture on March 25.The “History as Background” series is designed to go beyond Granville to help residents of the community better understand today’s events. Programs will be 45 to 50 minutes in length, to be followed by questions and answers. Periods covered will generally end by 1990 to avoid partisanship and politicization of discussion and to fulfill the mission of the program to provide general background, said Tom Martin, Society president. 


New Pocket History Now Available

The newest publication from the Granville Historical Society is now available:  Freedom: The Antislavery Movement in Granville, by Denison historian Mitchell Snay.

Many people have heard of the great Granville "Riot" of 1836, in which residents clashed over the issue of slavery. But what actually happened during that event, and why? What was the historical context for the riot in central Ohio, and how did it fit into the larger national debate?

In this rich, readable volume, Denison University historian Mitchell Snay uncovers the political and cultural struggles over slavery, how they impacted Granville, the involvement of prominent Granvillians on the local and national stage, the area's role in the Underground Railroad, and the deep questions over citizenship and freedom that divided the village—and the nation.

The book can be purchased at the museum or ordered online. It is also available as an e-book or Kindle book via Amazon. Click here to see all of our publications available in our online store. We hope you will be as excited about this book as we are!