2nd Floor Exhibits

Welcome to the 2nd Floor

Original home to 13 sleeping rooms, 2 toilet rooms, a tub room, and a shower room, the second floor, which is handicap accessible, now houses rooms designed to serve specific topics of community interest.  As we receive new accessions, these rooms are always changing and will never be complete.  Join the journey…

The Traveler’s Hotel Room

The Traveler’s Hotel Room

The Traveler’s Hotel Room

The Traveler’s Hotel Room

Our historical society is currently housed in the building previously occupied by the Traveler’s Hotel.  This room is a replica of the accommodations a guest of The Traveler’s Hotel would enjoy upon their arrival.  The 1920’s bedroom furniture has beautifully preserved wood tones, and the bed is covered with a lovely quilt, begging the visitor to climb in.  The room has a sink, complete with combs, brushes, shaving supplies, and soap but to bathe or use a rest room, the guest would travel down the hall to use the communal bathroom amenities.  Look closely when visiting to find the crock which would be filled with hot water and placed under the bed coverings to warm the bed for a comfy night’s sleep.

The Church Room

The Church Room

The Church Room

The Church Room

In the Church Room are ink sketches, done by Rev. William Bovard, of all the current and past churches in the Grove City area.  The stained glass window and podium were donated by East Main Presbyterian Church, and the podium is believed to be from the town’s original Presbyterian Church.  Church histories and pictorial directories are housed here. (Rm.Mgr.-Bob McCright –bobmccreight@hotmail.com)

The Grove City Business Room

The Grove City Business Room

The Grove City Business Room

The Grove City Business Room

Mostly gone, but worthy of remembering, the memorabilia in this room is a reminder of what was business as usual in Grove City from when the streets were covered with dirt to present day.  Leather & harness shops, meat markets that used a lot of ice, boarding houses, carriage shops, dairies, creameries, and haberdashers were the fore-runners of the names from a later time like Twin Kiss, Candyland, Burdick’s, Book & Davis, Palmer Smith, Murphy’s, and many more. Visit the Business Time Machine. (Rm. Mgr.- Mary Ann Collins – jomark@zoominternet.net)

The Military Room

The Military Room

The Military Room

The Military Room

Housed here is memorabilia from the Civil War to the present.  The Civil War diary of Ranals Craig, one of Grove City’s founding fathers is found here as well as an array of medals. (Rm.Mgr.-Skip Sample – skipsample@zoominternet.net)

The Craig, Harshaw, Bestwick Real Estate Room

The Craig, Harshaw, Bestwick Real Estate Room

The Craig, Harshaw, Bestwick Real Estate Room

The Craig, Harshaw, Bestwick Real Estate Room

This room tells a pictorial history of the community through pictures of her treasured houses.  (Rm. Mgr. – Georgie Hodge – broker@grovecityrealty.com)

The Community Organizations Room

The Community Organizations Room

The Community Organizations Room

The Community Organizations Room

If the organization existed in the past or still exists, it’s likely we have the scrapbooks and relevant information concerning its formation, participants, and history.  The smell and detail of the hand-tooled leather scrapbooks fascinate all who visit. (Rm.Mgr – Chris Guarnieri – chrisg@alliednews.com)

The Industrial Room

The Industrial Room

The Industrial Room

The Industrial Room

Major industry has often found a home in Grove City.  Although this room focuses heavily on Cooper Bessemer (Cooper Industries) and General Electric, the evidence of many other industries find a home here.  There is a wonderful collection of instructional frames, donated from the collection of Robert Humphreys of Houston, Texas, dealing with the history of “The Bessemer”, where a large percentage of the area’s work force was employed. (Rm.Mgr. – John Horne – jmhorne@zoominternet.net)

The School Room

The School Room

The School Room

The School Room

This room contains typical pictures, books, flags, and class pictures, but what consumes the eye of the observer is the collection of desks, lockers, etc. that highlight the evolution of classroom furnishings from the 1800’s to the late 1900’s in Grove City Public Schools as well as the George Junior Republic. (Rm.Mgr. Chris Gruarnieri – cowcranium@gmail.com)

The Grove City College Room

The Grove City College Room

The Grove City College Room

The Grove City College Room

Designed to replicate the office of Isaac Ketler, Founder/President of the College and his son, Weir Ketler, the office houses artifacts, portraits, and memorabilia from the college.  The white suit on the mannequin was worn by Dr. Weir Ketler.  This room is curated by students from the college under the direction of their archivist. (Rm. Mgr.- Grove City College students – HRWalczak@GCC.EDU)

The Grove City Sports Room

The Grove City Sports Room

The Grove City Sports Room

The Grove City Sports Room

Focused on the home teams, the memorabilia housed here represents the impact of sports at Grove City College and in Grove City Area Schools. (Rm.Mgr. Roger Flynn – rogerflynn21@hotmail.com)

The Agriculture Room

The Agriculture Room

The Agriculture Room

The Agriculture Room

The walls are barn siding. The murals depict country life.  The implements represent a day gone by and underscore the importance of technological advancement.  Don’t touch the bear trap! (Rm.Mgr. Ed Carlson – thegrizandmrs@zoominternet.net)

The Scouting Hall

The Scouting Hall

The Scouting Hall

The Scouting Hall

Boy Scouting surfaces in Grove City history as early as 1919, and Girl Scouting in 1932.  In this hall are pictures, badges, and uniforms worn by the youngsters in their pursuit of the scouting objectives of truth and fairness. (Rm.Mgr. Eleanor Covert – reach via info@grovecityhistoricalsociety.org.)

The Medical Room

The Medical Room

The Medical Room

The Medical Room

Curated lovingly by Dr. Betty Jo White, the room merges the history of two hospitals that serviced Grove City from the early 1900’s to 1978.  A visitor can easily come to appreciate the advances made in medicine as they experience its early history in Grove City. (Rm.Mgr. Dr. Betty Jo White-bjone@zoominternet.net)

The Men’s Clothing Room

The Men’s Clothing Room

The Men’s Clothing Room

The Men’s Clothing Room

Take a look back in time at the garb of a day gone by, the usual and the unusual.  Many military uniforms are housed here also. (Rm.Mgr. Cathie and Camille Sadler – reach via info@grovecityhistoricalsociety.org)

The Women’s Clothing Room

The Women’s Clothing Room

The Women’s Clothing Room

The Women’s Clothing Room

Tickle the fancy; open the drawers.  Find everything from pantaloons to crinolines, a unique mixture of clothing from pre 1900 to the present. There’s a bridesmaid’s dress made from the WWII parachute of the groom, a mourning dress worn by Matilda Ketler, the wife of Isaac Ketler, and a wedding dress that’s over a 100 years old. (Rm.Mgr. Cathie and Camille Sadler–reach via info@grovecityhistoricalsociety.org)