Dear Friends,


Thank you for your past support.  For over 110 years, the Allen County Museum and Historical Society has been helping the residents of Allen County explore the past. Today we ask for your help, as we work to preserve the future for generations to come.  Our goal is to ensure that each visitor has a unique experience at the museum through exhibits, programs, events and volunteering, thereby strengthening the vitality of our community.


We depend on annual gifts from you—our members, donors, and friends—to help bridge the gap of public funding in an effort to ensure these enriching experiences continue and the Museum remains free to everyone.  Your gift provides critical support for the Museum’s daily operation. Over the years, residents have been able to enjoy facility upgrades, adult and children programs, tours, and exhibits.  As the number one attraction in Allen County, our impact cannot be understated.  Here are a few ways the Allen County Museum impacts your county:




Exhibits—ACMHS opened “Wake Up America,” a temporary exhibition highlighting the 100th year anniversary of World War I and the local impact of the U.S. entry into the war.  Additionally, the permanent collection remains a highlight of the museum, offering visitors opportunities to reminiscence about childhood memories and develop an appreciation for those who made Lima and Allen County a great place to live and work.


Lectures—Hosting guest speakers who bring expertise and knowledge on regional topics, our monthly lecture series offers a way for patrons to actively engage and continue learning about local history and culture.


Outreach— Through our Traveling Trunks Program, hundreds of children and adults from community groups, schools, and daycare centers learn about the past with hands-on artifacts and enticing activities, all for free!




Enhanced Curriculum—Over 1,600 students in grades K-6 from 22 schools throughout Allen County and six neighboring counties visit the museum as part of their curricular learning at no cost to the student. 




Adults and Children—Hundreds of adults and children tour the museum annually.  Our award-winning Docent Program encourages volunteer participation from residents including retirees. Museum staff relies on these docents to provide tours throughout the year including weekends!  




Events—Themed programs such as our Living History Day, Life in Colonial Times, and the annual Christmas Tree Festival help the museum reach thousands of community members who are able to create lifelong family memories. 


With such strong community engagement, we hope you will reflect on your past visits to the museum and partner with us during our 2019 Annual Campaign to help preserve the future.  By donating, you are supporting the new and ongoing efforts of the Allen County Museum and Historical Society for generations to come.  Every dollar counts!  Please donate to show your support of the Museum’s programs and your local history.




William C. Timmermeister               

President, Allen County Historical Society