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The Logan County History Center celebrated Indian Lake history with a “Salute to Indian Lake” open house on Sunday, April 7th in honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of Sandy Beach Amusement Park on Decoration Day (Memorial Day), 1924. Exhibits throughout the Museum highlight the amusement park and other aspects of the Indian Lake area’s history from its time as the hunting and fishing grounds of American Indians, to its days as a reservoir for the canal system, to the present. In addition, we have refreshed the exhibits in the Indian Lake Room with many of the wonderful photographs we have of Indian Lake in our archives. We partnered with the Indian Lake Area Historical Society with many of the exhibits.

The open house also featured a new exhibit entitled “Natural Phenomena in Logan County” in anticipation of the Total Solar Eclipse that occurred on April 8th. It was the first total solar eclipse to pass over this part of Ohio since 1806!


All donations received at the open house were donated to the Logan County United Way for the Tornado Relief Fund.

Salute to Indian Lake &
Natural Phenomena in Logan County

Open through the end of 2024


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The Fraternal Order exhibit in the Logan County Museum features many of the fraternal organizations that have been in Logan County. The exhibit includes, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Loyal Order of Moose, Lions Club International, Fraternal Order of Eagles, The Order of Knights of Pythias, The Order of Pythian Sisters, Knights of Columbus, Knights of the Golden Eagle, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, Shriners International, Freemasonry – Free and Accepted Masons, and The Order of Eastern Star.

Logan County
Fraternal Order Exhibit

Open through the end of 2024


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The History Center is pleased to announce our newest exhibit. We have several pieces of Ohio wildlife woodcarvings made by master woodcarver Bob Holderman on exhibit in our lobby. Mr. Holderman, a retired Bellefontaine Police Department Sergeant, extensively researched wildlife that have lived in Logan County. He selected some of these animals from our state’s past and present, and reproduced them with his meticulous woodcarving skills and artistry. Many are carved from a single block of wood, including the base of the carving.

The History Center has several other pieces of Mr. Holderman’s woodcarvings in our collection. He and his wife, Sharon, have generously loaned their Ohio Wildlife collection to the Logan County History Center.

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Wood Carvings on Loan


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Greg Shipley Program

August 21, 2024
6:30 pm
Transportation Museum


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The Logan County History Center welcomes back local archaeologist, Greg Shipley for another fascinating and educational program, “Investigating Prehistoric Sites in the Upper Mad River Drainage”.

For at least 12,000 years, humans have inhabited the region that is now known as west-central Ohio. Champaign and Logan Counties possess a tremendous number of sites where prehistoric people had established camps and lived their lives. In 1961, Greg Shipley, at age six, found his first prehistoric arrowhead and that discovery ignited an interest for locating ancient sites and recovering associated relics. For more than sixty years, Mr. Shipley has continued with these activities.

This PowerPoint presentation will discuss the variety of cultural materials that have been found by Mr. Shipley, and others, which confirm periods of human presences connected to Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, and Ft Ancient cultural periods in the Mad River and Great Miami River drainages.

Along with discussing areas where ancient sites have been identified, recovered artifacts such as flint projectiles, ground stone tools, slate and hardstone ornaments, and fired-clay pottery vessels will be discussed.

Also, two significant Mac-O-Chee valley sites, early Archaic and Ft Ancient related, will be discussed, as will be the Indian Lake area’s Duff site, where a Glacial Kame culture burial ground was located during a sand removal project, and salvage excavated during July 1984.

Admission is free.


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