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                                                          MacDonell House Notice:

Beginning October 22nd the second floor of the MacDonell House will not be available for viewing, because repairs are being made. Due to not being able to offer a full viewing of the house, there will be no admission charge during this time. The Museum appreciates any donations for the upkeep of the house. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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 available 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.




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All events are currently cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates.

  48th Annual Christmas Tree Festival 2020                          “Virtual Event”


WHAT:     A community event for people of all ages to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

WHEN:     Begins Wednesday December 2, 2020 thru the holiday season.


WHO:       The Christmas Tree Festival is cooperatively sponsored by the Allen County Museum,

                  Church Women United and Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District


Due to the cancellation of the regular Festival as a result of limitations relating to COVID-19, the committee will be decorating the gazebo in the Children’s Garden with a tree and lights.  The garden is located adjacent to the museum parking lot.  We encourage you to drive by and enjoy the festive decorations beginning December 2nd and continuing through the month of December.

We look forward to seeing all

of you back next year for the

49th Annual Christmas Tree Festival!


Tuesday - Friday 

  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.



  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m .

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays, Mondays And Major Holidays

     The Children's Discovery Center is not open       yet but does have Take It and Make It crafts.

The MacDonell House is open with limited numbers for each tour.

  The Library is open by appointment only.   


 620 West Market Street 

Lima, OH  45801

(419) 222-9426


Museum:   Suggested Donation  $5

MacDonell House:   $3 charge

for non-members 9 & over




© 2019 by Allen County Museum Historical Society.