Crosby Township, Ohio - Historical Society
8910 Willey Road
Crosby Township, OH  45030
Hamilton County

Phone:  513.738.1440
Fax:  513.738.4310
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The Old Town Hall in Crosby Township was built in 1865 with money left over from a fund to send volunteers to take the place of drafted men who could not fight in the Civil War. The Historical Society leases the hall, located on Oxford Road in New Haven, from the township trustees in order to house the Society’s museum and research center. The Society received permission from the township trustees to renovate the building. Currently, everything has been put in storage while the Society works on the interior and exterior of the structure. The renovation is being performed by member volunteers with donations of money and materials from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Chuck Heis, 513 738-4343.


Melba Guard, President            (513) 367-2186
Tony Torres, Vice President
Charles Heis, Treasurer
Shirlee Morgan, Secretary

As written in our Constitution, the purpose of our Society is to encourage the preservation of historic structures and sites; identify, collect, and preserve literary, graphic and artifactual materials significant to prehistoric and historic cultures, schools, churches, businesses, and families of Crosby Township; to increase community awareness and appreciation of this heritage through documentation, educational programs and other public events; and to assist persons interested in this history by making our collected cultural resources available for study.

The Society board is governed by seven members as listed: Melba Guard, President (513 367-2186); Tony Torres, Vice President; Shirlee Morgan, Secretary; Chuck Heis, Treasurer; and three Trustees: Mike Minges, Duane Singleton, and David Roessler. The board meets on the second Thursday, March through December in the Senior Center at 7:00 p.m. 

The Society’s regular meetings are on the third Thursday, March through December in the Senior Center at 7:30 p.m. The general public is invited. The regular meeting consists of a business meeting, a presentation on various topics given by an invited speaker, and refreshments. On occasion the Society goes on field trips to interesting places. The following is a list of programs for 2018:

March 15 Show and Tell/Election of Officers

April 19 Hope Restored presented by Beverly Meyers

May 17 Doolittle Raid Over Tokyo presented by Mike Minges

June 21 The Cincinnati Courthouse Riots presented by Stephen J. Rolfes

July 19 Cincinnati Memories – Western Cincinnati presented by Jeanne Rolfes

August 16 Knollman Farms presented by Carol Colgate

September 20 Picnic at the Passmore Log Cabin (at 6:00 p.m., covered dish)

October 18 Portrayal of Mary Cunningham, the Body Snatcher's Wife presented by Joyce Browning

November 15 Germans in Cincinnati During WWI presented by Donald H. Tolzmann

December 20 Christmas Party with entertainment

Dues have been increased this year as follows: $10 per individual; $15 per family (in the same household); $100 life membership.

A check for dues should be made out to Crosby Township Historical Society and sent to Chuck Heis, CTHS, 8910 Willey Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030.

This year the Society will again participate at Crosby Days at Stricker’s Grove on Sunday afternoon, May 20. We will have a table providing information and prizes which will include a one - year family membership with a copy of the Bicentennial edition of the History of Crosby Township. The Society will have the Old Town Hall open during the Memorial Day Ceremonies in New Haven on Sunday, May 27. The hall is located on Oxford Road along the parade route. There will be a display showing the progress of our renovation on the hall and refreshments will be available.

June 9th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Passport to the Past will once again be held. Participants will receive a passport at the first building and have it stamped at each of the remaining buildings on the list to visit. The event will feature three locations in Crosby Township this year: the Passmore Log Cabin, the Old Town Hall and the Whitewater Shaker buildings. In the Harrison area participants can also visit the Governor Othniel Looker House. Society members will serve refreshments at the log cabin and Old Town Hall as well as be available to discuss the buildings’ histories and answer questions.

The election of officers was held at our March meeting.  Elected to the office of President was Melba Guard.  All other officers remained the same.

At the April meeting the Society honored long time members Sue and Earl Corson for their many years of dedication and their service in various offices and committees.  They were presented with a certificate of appreciation by the new President, a gift certificate from Cracker Barrel, and a delicious cake which was shared by all present during refreshments.



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