Fall into Fun at the Worthington Historical Society


There are so many great things happening at the Worthington Historical Society this fall! From festivals and tours to concerts and holiday celebrations, the Society provides an abundance of opportunities for the entire family to experience Worthington’s rich history.

Interested in what they offer? Read on:

Fall, Family, Fun

Looking for an event to get you in the mood for fall? Here are two:

·  Harvest Festival: Family Day at the Orange Johnson House - Experience what a typical fall day might have looked like for the Johnson family in the 1800s. From pressing your own apple cider to pioneer clothing dress-up, kids and adults will revel in this good old-fashioned fun.

·  Ghost Tours  - Just in time for Halloween! Round up your friends under the light of the full moon for a haunted tour of some of the spookiest spots in Worthington. Once the fright wears off, continue the ghost stories at The Worthington Inn where you’ll receive a post-tour discount on food and special beverages. 

Tröndlin Fortepiano Homecoming Celebration

After more than a year of restoration, the Historical Society’s beloved Tröndlin Fortepiano will make its triumphant return on Saturday, November 12. To celebrate the occasion, the Historical Society and the Griswold Center have teamed up for two, special events.

·      Piano Restoration Talk, 3 p.m. – Join Robert Murphy of Oberlin Conservatory for an in-depth look at his meticulous restoration of the Tröndlin piano. Pianist David Breitman, director of the Historical Performance program at Oberlin, will be on hand to demonstrate the unique qualities of this rare instrument.

·      Celebratory Homecoming Concert, 7 p.m. – Fans of classical music will not want to miss this celebratory concert. While the Tröndlin Fortepiano is billed as the star of the show, Ensemble 1816, a group devoted to the music of the early 19th century, will delight concert-goers with a program full of beloved works from well-known composers like Beethoven and Schubert.

Window Replacement Fundraiser

Like many historical buildings, the Orange Johnson House needs a little love from time to time. Next spring the Historical Society will be replacing the windows in the home’s 1819 wing. A generous donation from the Trucksis family, in honor of Jane Neff Trucksis, has been extremely helpful in getting the window replacement fund started. 

As many of you may recall, Jane was a longtime supporter of the Historical Society, and in addition to her many contributions, she was an important champion of the Orange Johnson House restoration project. Her family has agreed to match any donations to the window replacement fund through the end of the year or until the goal of $40,000 is reached. Contact the Historical Society for more information or to make a donation.

The Worthington Historical Society is located at 50 W. New England Ave. For more information, visit www.worthingtonhistory.org or like them on Facebook