1st Floor Exhibits

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

Welcome to the Grove City Area Historical Society And Museum, original home to a hotel built between 1905 and 1910, and purchased by the Society in 2000. Remnants of the hotel are seen immediately upon entering as the original registration desk, cash register, and key case still remain on the left side of the room. To the right, in one area, our Genealogy Lab, is full of resources to be used by visitors, and there is volunteer staff to help on a regular schedule. Also found in this room is an original Estes Pump Organ, Serial #74339, a gift to a local woman on her wedding day in 1938. Flanking the organ are 2 large mannequins garbed in original costumes of the Highland Band, a renowned group of pipers started in Grove City by George Ketler in 1948 and known around the world. Don’t leave this room without giving attention to the large gold Heritage Tree, painted by local author and artist, Lillian Reeher, and adorned with engraved aluminum, bronze, and copper leaves, produced by Wendell August Forge, which can be provided in memory or in honor of loved ones. Proceeds of this project support the preservation of the building and its artifacts for the generations to come.

The Main Activity Room

The Main Activity Room

The Main Activity Room

The Main Activity Room

This central room is the hub of activity at the society. Meetings and events are held here, where the Museum Shoppe is housed.  The walls are adorned with a collection of Wendell August Christmas plates and Arthur Armour pieces, original designs in pewter and bronze, representative of the fact that Grove City was and still is the home of a bustling engraving industry. Also in this room, along with many paintings of local artists and local industrial figures is the original jeweler’s table used by Russell Roll when he opened his jewelry store in 1924. The other displays in this room change frequently.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

When this building was a hotel, the travelers were served a meal with the cost of their stay. Food preparation occurred here, and guests ate in what is now the Main Activity room. Feast on the appliances and kitchen tools of the early and middle 1900’s. The G.E. refrigerator, circa 1930, houses its motor outside and on the top! In the kitchen you can enjoy an extensive collection of hand-painted china by several well-known local artists, all gifts to the society. (Rm.Mgr.-Marty St.John – saintly2@zoominternet.net)

The Office

The Office

The Office

The Office

Although not a public room, much activity occurs in this room.  Our volunteers and Board members can be found here conducting the business and doing the work which keeps the Grove City Historical Society And Museum functioning as such a vital asset to the area.

The Lillian Reynolds Reeher Library

The Lillian Reynolds Reeher Library

The Lillian Reynolds Reeher Library

The Lillian Reynolds Reeher Library

At your disposal for research, or simply informative relaxation, this room has a vast collection of reference material on local and county history. It houses the Civil War Diaries of Ranals Craig, an early resident. In addition, there are pictures and documentation of all the homes on all the streets in Grove City, and ways of tracing who lived in these houses and owned and operated town businesses back into the early 1900’s and some into the 1800’s. There are college and high school yearbooks from the early 1900’s and wedding pictures taken by local photographer, Dusty Rhodes. There’s the catalog of negatives and prints for researching the Giesman and Curry collections of photos. If Carl Giesman or Jack Curry ever took a picture of a member of your family, we probably have the negative as the entire collection of their work is housed at the Society. (Rm.Mgr.- Jane Cleary – cleary2@zoominternet.net)

The Publications Room

The Publications Room

The Publications Room

The Publications Room

This room is not directly accessible to the public but serves many important functions. It serves as a workroom used by Grove City College students as they continue digitizing the treasured Ketler Collection of papers. It houses maps, digital files, paintings not currently being hung, posters, a priceless volume compiled by Don Beightol of Broad Street businesses in the 20th century, and a volume detailing local mining information. There is also a file containing thousands of newspaper clippings focused on people which includes obituaries, notices of births, weddings, engagements, anniversaries, and school activities of local students. Visitors doing research could ask a volunteer to check the availability of particular information, and, if found, that information could be brought to a public room for viewing.