Auglaize heritage program set for Oct. 3

Staff report

The Schemmel family on their farm south of Wapakoneta.

The Schemmel family on their farm south of Wapakoneta.

Courtesy photo

WAPAKONETA — “Processes and Landscapes” by Dr. Timothy Anderson will be presented on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Wapakoneta. St. Paul is catercornered from the Auglaize County Courthouse; attendees should use the Mechanic Street entrance to the building. The event is free and open to the public, and is presented as part of the Historical Society’s heritage tourism initiative.

Funded by Ohio Humanities, the Auglaize County: In Motion! project seeks to highlight the county’s many historic sites and themes that reflect transportation or motion. One of the most important, of course, is the story of the thousands of Germans who immigrated to what would become Auglaize County.

“We’re very excited that Dr. Anderson is part of our heritage tourism initiative. In addition to being a great scholar about German immigration, he is a wonderful speaker and is certain to engage the audience. We want our own residents to know and appreciate our immigration story, so that they can help us tell this story to the county’s many guests,” said Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber.

Anderson is an associate professor in the department of geography at Ohio University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in geography from Texas A&M University. His research interests include the Historical Geography of the United States, Cultural Landscapes, and Landscapes of the German Diaspora. He is a member of the Ohio Humanities’ Speakers Bureau.

The Auglaize County Historical Society was founded in 1963. The Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County and its people through exhibits, programs and publications.

Ohio Humanities serves as an advocate for the public humanities in Ohio. Ohio Humanities promotes the humanities through public programs, grants, and community projects with the goal of helping individuals and communities explore, share, and be inspired by the human experience.

For more information about this or other Auglaize County Historical Society programming, email or call 419-738-9328.

The Auglaize County Historical Society is also on Facebook.

The Schemmel family on their farm south of Wapakoneta. Schemmel family on their farm south of Wapakoneta. Courtesy photo

Staff report