Medina County Historical Society
206 North Elmwood Street, Medina, Ohio 44256, Phone:330-722-1341

Organized in 1922, the Medina County Historical Society is celebrating its 96th year of collecting and preserving artifacts and information dealing with Medina County, Ohio history. The mission of the society was formed for the purpose of promoting, maintaining and preserving all such things as relate to and are of historical interest pertaining to the County of Medina.

The Society's holdings and resource material is in the 1886 John Smart House at 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, Ohio 44256. The Historical Society is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are fully deductible. Artifact donations are also tax deductible based on an appraisal provided by the donor. Our active committees include Historic Homes Committee, Digitization, Finance, Genealogy, Holiday Themes and Special Events.

Museum Hours
Tuesdays 10am-2pm
First Sunday of the month 1pm-4pm
Call ahead if there is a holiday falling on the Sunday
Tours by appointment

Gift Corner

2018 Events
Yearly Calendar of events

Civil War exhibits thru June
June 15th - Band Concert Social on Medina Square
October 20th Titanic Luncheon
December 8th - Holiday Tea

Membership Meetings

April 9, 2018 will feature Joann King author of "Medina County Coming of Age" Her program is entitled "Fame, Fortune, and Felony" H.G.Blake, Letha House. and William Pancoast, bank embezzler.

May 14, 2018 will tell us the story of the history of the Medina County Park System, John Gladden will present.

June 11, 2018 Join us for Pizza on the Square. This is our annual membership picnic. This year it will be held on the Medina Square at 6:00P.M. Come celebrate Medina' Bicentennial in the place where it all began.

August 13, 2018 Help to share our history. A time capsule is being created. Please drop off something uniquely Medina to include in the All Medina County time capsule. Items can be dropped off at the Museum any Tuesday from 10:00-2:00. The capsule will be on display at the Medina County Fair Booth during the Fair.

September10, 2018 Tom Hilberg will be telling us the story of the "Giants Of Seville". Accompanying him will be the wives of Captain Bates. Annette Bates and Anna Bates will be played by Betty Wright and Betty Martins.

October 8, 2018 George Reese will portray Oliver Rockwell in his presentation "Oliver Rockwell...Here"

The April, May, September and October programs will be held at A.I. Root "The Bee Culture Community Center" on West Liberty Street in Medina, Ohio. The programs will start at 7:00 P.M.

Civil War Exhibit

A special collection of Civil War artifacts, photos and biographical information from the files of the Medina County Historical Society will be on display at the John Smart House Museum every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning April 10 and lasting through June 26. In addition, Sunday Open Houses will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on April 8 & 22, May 6, and June 3 & 10.

Admission is free; donations accepted!
The museum is not handicapped accessible.

Medina County Specialty license plate

Medina County is celebrating its Bicentennial this year and will be selling Bicentennial/historical license plates. We will start selling the license plates in April. Once this plate is created, funds from the BMV in 2018 and beyond will be allocated to all the 501c3 Medina County historical societies. This program will assist all the township, village and city museums in our county. Please think of us when purchasing your plates!

Medina Plate


The John Smart House is a Victorian Queen Anne style home. This was a popular design in the 1880s and 1890s, and is characterized by an irregular form. It has bay windows, a two story tower, a second story airing porch, and an irregular roof line. Even the surface is irregular. There are scalloped shingles and clapboards, cornices and boards that define the different floor levels. The porches are not original, but they are a duplication of what was there based on early photographs of the house. The original slate roof has been replaced with a shingle that simulates shingles.

More Information


The Medina County Historical Society is very fortunate to have in its museum an amazing artifact. It is a collection Civil War soldier ambrotypes and tintypes framed together. There are 94 images in total, which are ambrotypes (images on glass) and 28 tintypes. Where did they come from and who donated them to the MCHS? We wish we knew.

More Information

Save-A-Soldier submission form

Officers and Board Members

Brian Feron President
Mary Jane Brewer Vice-President
Laurel Glaze Secretary
Carole Feron Treasurer
Laurel Glaze Administrative Assoc.

Board Members
Mary Jo Palmer, Tony Giovanazzo, Lila Lehrer, Linda Limpert, Richard Clark, Barb Praisler, Judy Davanzo, Farrell McHugh

Become a Member!

Membership dues schedule and policy:
Student/Senior $ 10.00
Individual $ 20.00
Senior Family $ 20.00
Family $ 25.00
Organizations $ 35.00
Patron $ 50.00
Corporate $100.00
Life (one-time payment) $300.00

Dues received September 1 or after will receive credit for the following year. Dues not paid by January 1 will receive a letter from the Membership Chairperson. Dues not paid by the end of the first quarter will terminate membership.

2018 Membership Form

Links to other Historical Societies

Other Societies

Medina County Schools