The main building of our Museum was donated by Murray Windle and Pat Webber (daughter). The building is located in an area of Chillicothe that was once known as Veteransville. The building itself originally served as the maintenance building for the Chillicothe Business College Campus. Currently, the building has been incorporated into the museum and is the first of three exhibit halls.
How We Began
George W. Somerville organized the first Grand River Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 1954. Meetings were held on the second floor of the Livingston County Library beginning on February 15, 1955. Mr. Somerville served 11 years as president. Mrs. Minnie Hedrick was Vice President and Miss Roberta Perrine served as Secretary-Treasurer.
Charter Members: George Somerville, Mrs. Ira Hedrick, Miss Roberta Perrine, Howard Rion, Joseph Stewart, Miss Kate Johnson, Miss Mabel Cranmer, Mrs. Alice Kesler, Mrs. Elsie Somerville, Mrs. John Elliott, Mrs. Lillian Meinershagen, Julius Meinershagen, Mrs. Harriett Casebeer, Harry Cole, Bill Cole, Kirk Marshall, Leo Hopper, William Stillwell.
By-laws were adopted in January of 1970 under the 4th president, Howard Leech.
Co-curators were Jane Stark and Dr. John R. Neal.
Our Board of Directors
Our board meets on the second Tuesday evening of the month at the museum.
Installed during the society's quarterly meeting Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge, were:
Front, from left: Nancy Hoyt (secretary), Ron Wilder (first vice president), Everett Shipp (second vice president), Marvin Holcer (president);
Back, from left: board members Lawrence Hinnen, Dr. Frank Stark, Steve Schieber, Rodney Mouton, Kristen Mouton, Zelma Cleaveland, and Kelly Poling. Livingston County Recorder of Deeds Kelly Christopher administered the oath of office.