Located within the renovated Heritage Center in downtown Springfield, Ohio, the Clark County Historical Society’s goal to to collect, preserve, share, and interpret the county’s rich history. Founded in 1897 we have had several homes over the years, but we are honored to now call our home a gorgeous 1890 building in the heart of downtown Springfield. The 1st and 2nd floors of the building house a museum and the 3rd floor is home to the Historical Society’s library and archives. We use this blog to showcase our collections that open a window on many generations of local history.
Exhibit galleries, an archive and research library, meeting facilities, a museum store, the Springfield Arts Council, United Way, the office of Veteran’s Services, and Un Mundo Cafe are all housed in the Heritage Center of Clark County.
The Heritage Center of Clark County occupies a 50 feet by 462 feet, 56,000 square foot, three story, brick and stone building in the center of downtown Springfield, originally constructed in 1890 for city offices and a farmer’s market. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
The architect of the building was Charles Creager, a native of Springfield, who also designed buildings such as St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Clark County Courthouse and the old downtown Post Office. The architectural style is known as Richardsonian Romanesque. The distinguishing characteristics of this style include broad roof planes, uniform rock-faced exterior finishes, decorative flashing ridges, eaves close to the walls, short and squat chimneys, corbels, deep-set windows and large, arched entryways without columns or piers for support.
- Over 13,000 square feet of modern, permanent exhibitions and 3,000 square feet of rotating exhibit galleries on the first and second floors.
- Multi-purpose, educational and meeting room in the “Crabill Discovery Hall.”
- Modern archives and library resource center for students, researchers and genealogists, located on the East end, third floor.
- Administration offices, volunteer support areas, collections storage and laboratory space to support museum operations. Located on the East end, second floor.
- Offices for the Clark County Veterans’ Support Services, located on the West end, third floor. (937-328-2482)
- Offices for the United Way of Clark County, located on the West end, second floor. (937-324-5551)
- Offices for the Springfield Arts Council, located on the East end, first floor. (937-324-2712)
- Un Mundo Cafe, serves specialty coffee and tea, flavored sodas, sandwiches and soups. Located on the East end, first floor. (937-323-CAFE)
- Cosmic Charlie Baking & Bread, sells fresh baked specialty breads and other baked goods, and vintage clothing. Located on the East end, first floor.
Permanent Exhibitions Include:
- The National Road Gallery ~ Traces the development of America’s first “interstate highway.”
- Clash of Cultures ~ Recalls the fate of the rich Woodland culture.
- Opening of Ohio ~ Recounts the experiences of early settlement.
- Agriculture and Industry ~ Showcases the ingenuity that fostered Clark County growth.
- In Service to the Nation ~ Honors the service of Clark Countians in American conflicts.
- NEW in 2010 ~ Archaeology in Clark County
- NEW in 2010 ~ From Clark County to Washington, D.C.: Service in the Nation’s Capitol