Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Warren County Historical Society

  • Lebanon, OH
  • wchsmuseum.org

Mission Statement

To preserve and present the heritage of Warren County and southwest Ohio for the education and inspiration of our citizens. We serve generally, southwest Ohio, but 40% of our visitors are out of state.

Main Programs

  1. Following the Tracks of the Underground Railroad
  2. Social Studies Backpack
  3. Six Simple Machines
  4. Gruesome But Truesome
  5. Lunch & Learn
  6. Lantern Light Cemetery Tour and Pioneer Cemetery Tour
  7. Gatherings at Glendower
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We are the Warren County Historical Society, dedicated to preserving and presenting the heritage of Warren County, Ohio. Three of our permanent collection have national significance; the People Called Shakers artifacts and archive, the Underground Railroad award winning exhibit, tour and children's program, and our Historical Research Library. We also have one of the most complete exhibits of Russel Wright artifacts in the country.

ruling year

1965

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. J William Duning

Keywords

Self-reported

Shaker museum, Russel Wright archive, Geneolgy, quilts, needlework samplers, Palampor, costume collection, regional painters, paintings

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Also Known As

Warren County History Center

EIN

31-6055607

 Number

4909846332

Physical Address

105 S. Broadway

Lebnanon, OH 45036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Art Museums (A51)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We view our impact in several ways. Certainly we have endeared ourselves to our community over the last 75 years or we would not have survived to be an award winning organization. We are a membership organization and work hard to grow the membership year over year with specific goals each year - usually a modest 10%, sometimes more. Our programs are very well attended, we often sell-out of tickets and we count both young families and retired folks as our supporters.

We also track economic impact. The various travel organizations and museum organizations regularly publish statistics on the economic impact of museum. We value our economic impact at just under $900.000.00 a year based on the number of people who attend our programs, events and museums.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Following the Tracks of the Underground Railroad

Permanent exhibit and self guided tour. Special structured school tour for K-12 students. Special lecture presentations for adults.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Blacks

Budget

10000.00

Program 2

Social Studies Backpack

Aimed at students grades 2 - 12, with a focus on the Ohio standards for social studies. Presented by certified K-12 staff, all masters level or above.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

5000.00

Program 3

Six Simple Machines

School tour program 4th and 8th grade students designed to teach the history and science of the development of machines to help people do work.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

2500.00

Program 4

Gruesome But Truesome

This overlay tour of the entire Warren County History Center focuses on common and everyday practices of the 19th and early 20th century that we in the 21st century find gruesome or downright horrifying.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Budget

$2500.00

Program 5

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn is a monthly lecture series founded in partnership with Sinclair Community College and their life long learning program. The Warren County Historical Society produces and hosts the event each month which includes a gourmet lunch and lecture on various topics of historical interest plus tour of the History Center.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

5000.00

Program 6

Lantern Light Cemetery Tour and Pioneer Cemetery Tour

Costumed interpreters portray citizens of note buried in each of Lebanon's two cemeteries while Historian John Zimkus leads groups of 50 or fewer from tombstone to tombstone.$

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 7

Gatherings at Glendower

Gatherings at Glendower is a series of events in June, July and August that include family friendly events on the lawn and tours of the house. Events include demonstrations of historic crafts and needle arts, cooking and herb lore, music and story telling.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$4500

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We want to help inspire the future by exploring the past. To that end, our goal is to provide educational and engaging programs, events and museum experiences for all families in Warren County, particularly for the children. Children love our museums. We offer a "tough museum", that is to say, we encourage children to touch and play and interact with many of our artifacts.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategic initiatives in place for 2015/2016 are as follows:

    Improve Endowment Investment and Financial Performance.

    Develop Foundation and Corporate Sponsorships, Memberships and Grants.

    Collaborate with Other Non-profit Organizations, both cultural non-profits and Warren County Charities.

    Market to All Age Groups.

    Invite Every Warren County Resident to Visit our Museums.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Improve endowment investments and financial performance. - We have decided to move our investment funds from their current manager to a new manager and have interviewed several companies and are currently reviewing proposals. We have developed a plan for managing the endowment as a Board with the help of an outside financial advisor.

    Develop foundation and corporate sponsorships, memberships and grants. - each Board members has been tasked with developing one new foundation and one new corporate supporter/member with the purpose of supporting the operation of our museums.

    Collaborate with other non-profit organizations, both cultural non-profits and Warren County Charities - we have partnered with Warren County Community Services, Big Brothers & Sisters of Warren & Clinton Counties, Warren County Abuse & Rape Crisis Shelter and the Interfaith Hospitality Network for all four of our 2015 holiday programs, providing donation to each organizations from ticket sales and events. We are partnering with Main Street Lebanon, the Lebanon Theater Company and the Mason Players for holiday programs.

    Market to all age groups and invite every Warren County resident to visit our museums - we recently announced that museum admission to the Warren County History Center is now free to all Warren County residents.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Per our strategic initiatives, we measure progress by tracking number of visitors to our museums, program and events and categorizing them as Warren County or non-Warren County residents.

    We review the progress of Board members in developing new financial supporters from local foundations and corporations.

    We track new memberships and review membership renewals. Our goal has been to increase membership by 20% a year.

    We will review our investment reports quarterly and hold our financial managers accountable for at least meeting pre-set benchmarks for investment growth and returns.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have not cultivated new foundation and corporate partners to meet the financail needs of the operation of our museums.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We are the Warren County Historical Society, dedicated to preserving and presenting the heritage of Warren County, Ohio. Three of our permanent collection have national significance; the People Called Shakers artifacts and archive, the Underground Railroad award winning exhibit, tour and children's program, and our Historical Research Library. We also have one of the most complete exhibits of Russel Wright artifacts in the country.

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Financials

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Warren County Historical Society
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Warren County Historical Society

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. J William Duning

BIO

Mr. Duning is successful attorney and community leader. He has been a member of the Warren County Historical Society for over 20 years and has been active in the organization throughout that time. He and his wife Jane have been long standing volunteers.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. J. William Duning

Gray and Duning

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?