In 1908 a group of civic-minded, Allen County citizens formed and incorporated the Allen County Historical and Archaeological Society. Their purpose was to collect and preserve the tangible evidence of Allen County’s remarkable history and to share those collections with the community for the betterment of its citizens. The Allen County Commissioners provided space and operational support for this purpose in the newly built Veterans Memorial Hall. Thus began the partnership between the county and the private non-profit Allen County Historical Society.
The current facility at 620 West Market Street was constructed in 1954-55. The facility was expanded in 1976, 2007, and 2010. With the exception of the ‘76 addition, all funding to build and expand the Museum was privately raised by the Allen County Historical Society.
MISSION & VISION
The Allen County Museum preserves and promotes our cultural heritage through exceptional collections, exhibitions and educational programs that inspire and serve our diverse communities.
The Allen County Museum will be the essential source and destination for enrichment, inclusiveness, and creativity by celebrating our history and art through dynamic people, innovative programs, and exciting exhibits.
The Allen County Museum will use the following core values to guide our work:
The Museum will create an environment of learning, appreciation, and respect for the museum’s history, collections, and programs.
The Museum will ensure a welcoming environment for its visitors by recognizing that all people’s history has value and has contributed to shaping the present and future.
The Museum will build collaborative relationships locally, regionally and nationally in order to create opportunities for the public to connect with history and art.
The Museum will ensure fiscal responsibility and the highest professional standards in support of a strong, sustainable institution.
The Museum will contribute to a vital museum community through collaboration, dialogue and excellence.
The Museum will maintain an atmosphere of historical accuracy thereby fostering the public’s trust in our ability to faithfully preserve the past.
ALLEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
William Timmermeister (President)
Owner & President
Lima Auto Mall
Richard Boehr (Vice President)
Owner & CEO
Boehr Real Estate
Jim Osmon (Treasurer)
First Financial Bank
Innovative Packaging Company
Anne Decker Marketing
Lawrence A. Huffman
Huffman, Kelly, Brock & Gottschalk, LLC
Integrated Landscape Architecture
Owner & President
Visit Greater Lima
Webb Insurance Agency
Retired Owner & President
Better Business Bureau