Museum Hours & Information

The Granville Historical Society Museum is now open for the season; our hours are:

Museum hours:

Fridays: 1:00 to 4:00
Saturdays: 10:00 to 4:00
Sundays: 1:00 to 4:00 

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, 9/16: "Long Before It Was Brews: 116 East Broadway in Granville History" 

The Masonic Lodge building, 116 E. Broadway, from the early years of the 20th century.On Wednesday, Sep. 16, at 7:00 p.m., Lyn Boone will present a talk and slide show about the history of the stucco building on Broadway that has housed 158 years of Granville commerce and activities.

Now housing the popular Brew’s Cafe, the building at 116 E. Broadway was built in the mid-1800s by William S. Wright to house his dry goods store.

Eventually divided into two store fronts, numerous businesses have called the building home, as have families who lived in the apartments that once filled the upper floor. The Masonic Lodge added a third story in 1912, accounting for the date still visible on the façade. Learn the full history of this iconic Granville building in a presentation by Lyn Boone. 

Lyn Boone will present the history of an iconic Granville building.

What:  “Long Before It Was Brews: 116 E. Broadway in Granville History” 

When:  Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at 7 p.m. 

Where:  In the meeting room of the Granville Historical Society, 115 East Broadway, Granville, OH

The talk is part of the Society’s Business On—and Off—Broadway series and is free and open to the public.


H. H. Bancroft's Great-great-granddaughter to speak in Granville, 8/17

Why is the Bancroft name so important to Granville history?
Nationally renowned historian and book collector Hubert Howe Bancroft began his own story in Granville. His great-great-granddaughter, Kim Bancroft, who abridged her ancestor’s autobiography, titled Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West, will speak about his Granville childhood, in a lecture taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 17, in the Bryn Du Mansion (537 Jones Road) The lecture, one of the Life/Local offerings which take place at the mansion, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bruce Cramer at 740-587-7053 or visit
H.H. Bancroft moved to San Francisco in 1852 at age nineteen to sell books while the Gold Rush was still erupting. Fascinated by the massive changes around him, he became a phenomenal collector of books and other articles on California and eventually the whole Pacific West. Bancroft later oversaw the writing of 39 volumes of a history of the West, a region ranging from Central America to Alaska. In 1905 his collection of 60,000 books, maps, newspapers, diaries, oral histories and more formed the foundation of the Bancroft Library at U.C. Berkeley, which now has over 6 million items.
Kim Bancroft will present a slideshow and lecture on the source of Bancroft’s accomplishments, which can be found in Granville, with examples such as the impact of the “bracing Puritan” community on Bancroft’s value system and the community’s commitment to abolition. At the age of eleven, Bancroft himself took a journey in the dark of night to deliver a wagon full of hidden fugitive slaves to freedom on Ohio’s underground railroad. These Granville experiences and others, contends Kim Bancroft, manifest in the hard work and vision in the later life of the collector and writer.
H.H. Bancroft said in his autobiography, “My native town was quite a seat of learning.” The seminary that he referred is now Denison University and has its own rich archive of local history, including papers of members of the Bancroft family who remained behind after H.H.’s parents and children went west. Kim Bancroft has never visited Granville. She is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to connect with her ancestral roots and to share her knowledge and passion with the local community.
 Kim Bancroft is a long time teacher turned editor and writer. She earned a bachelor’s in English from Stanford, a master’s in English from San Francisco State University, as well as a Teaching Credential, and a doctorate from U.C. Berkeley in education. She taught at various high schools and community colleges in the Bay Area, at la Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, and at Sacramento State. Kim has edited several memoirs, including Ariel: A Memoir by Ariel Parkinson, The Morning the Sun Went Down by Darryl Wilson, and Ruth’s Journey: A Survivor’s Memoir by Ruth Glasberg Gold. Most recently she wrote The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher.



New Modern Times Available

The August 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 a new marker found in the Old Colony Burying Ground, an exhibit on Broadway businesses is up at the museum, and more.

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New Modern Times now available

The July 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 an upcoming lecture in the "History as Background" series, the artifact of the month, and more. 

To receive each new issue of 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.



On Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 pm at The Granville Public Library, the GHS and Granville Public Library are sponsoring “Granville Goes to War: The Home Front Experience,” a program by Kevin Bennett. Kevin will talk about the large impact that the war had on the Granville community and Denison, 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.