620 West Market Street 

Lima, OH  45801

(419) 222-9426

1-5 p.m. Tues - Fri

1-4 p.m.  Sat  & Sun

Closed Mondays

Closed On Major Holidays

Museum:  Suggested Donation  $5

MacDonell House: $3 charge for 9 & over non-members




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© 2019 by Allen County Museum Historical Society.

For more than a century, the Allen County Historical Society has been preserving our area's rich history. Your membership is more than an expression of your interest in history, antiquities, innovation, and tradition. It is an affirmation of the significant role that our organization and Museum plays in our community and beyond. You will gain access to exciting educational and entertaining programs, exhibitions, behind the scenes perspectives, and valuable 

discounts - all while supporting the Society's century-long legacy of making our Museum accessible to everyone.


History nurtures personal identity and enables us to discover our own place within the stories of our families, communities, and nation. Stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph help us to understand how the world in which we live was shaped by those who came before. Through these varied stories, we develop personal values that guide our approach to life and our relationships with others.

History is the foundation for strong and vibrant communities. A place only becomes a community when it's wrapped in human memory. Our connections and commitment to one another are strengthened when we share stories and experiences.

History is essential to our future. At the heart of democracy is the practice of individuals coming together to express views and take action. Weaving history into discussions about current issues clarifies differing perspectives, reveals complexities, grounds competing views in evidence, and introduces new ideas all of which can lead to greater understanding and viable community solutions.



The mission of the Allen County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Allen County and Ohio as well as other areas of interest that will benefit the public served.


Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Allen County Historical Society [hereafter “Society], and the Allen County Museum [hereafter “Museum”], is to serve as a Society and Museum of general interest to the community by collecting, caring for, exhibiting, interpreting, and demonstrating items that will serve to illustrate the history of Allen County and Ohio, as well as the history of other areas.  Items collected to fulfill this purpose will conform to the purposes and procedures of the Society and Museum.


The collections will contain items which best serve this purpose in terms of natural resources and history, exploration, settlement, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, transportation, education, cultural and social development.


The Allen County Historical Society will provide for the preservation of all its collections and make the collections available to all who wish to see and study them.


The Museum will be a non-profit, educational establishment, operated for the community’s betterment, and open regularly to the public regardless of race, creed, sex, age, handicap or occupation.


The Allen County Historical Society and the Allen County Museum will disseminate knowledge and stimulate interest through displays and exhibits, publications, lectures, and research services; by cooperating with area schools and colleges in providing students with guided tours and training; by providing a gallery-auditorium available to individuals and area organizations for exhibitions and meetings of educational value and for showing special exhibitions scheduled by the Allen County Historical Society; and by arranging special programs for the furtherance of the purposes of the Society and Museum.


The Allen County Historical Society and the Allen County Museum will cooperate with other historical and governmental agencies in the area to collect and preserve materials of significance.


Core Values  

The Allen County Historical Society holds dear the following core values:


Authenticity:  The Society will maintain an atmosphere of historical accuracy thereby fostering the public’s trust in our ability to faithfully preserve the past.

Integrity:  The Society will conduct itself ethically and honestly in all of its activities and interactions with the public.

Inclusiveness:  The Society recognizes that all people’s history has value, which has contributed to shaping the present and future.


William Timmermeister (President)


Richard Boehr (Vice President)


Jim Osmon (Treasurer)


Michael Baker


Anne Decker


T. Rheuben Gibson


Lawrence A. Huffman

Louis Markiewicz


Mike Miller


VaLaire Orchard


Christine Pleva


Jack Somerville


Robert Torbet


Neil Winget