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Colerain Twp., OH 45253

Next Meeting -   APRIL 19, 2017    Speaker:          Penny Borgman "Fernald Preserve - History of Plants, Ecology & Wetlands" See Meetings Page for more details

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The Coleraine Historical Society Inc.
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The Coleraine Historical Society meets the third Wednesday of each month  

Meeting held in the Colerain Police Department Substation located in Northgate Mall (enter door between Macy's and Sears)

6:45pm Meet and Greet with light refreshments


7:00 – 8:00pm Speaker/Program

                                  Public welcome to attend monthly program


8:00 – 8:30pm Membership Meeting

               Everyone welcome

Upcoming Meetings and Speakers

APRIL 19, 2017                      Speaker: Penny Borgman

"Fernald Preserve - History of Plants, Ecology & Wetlands"


The Fernald Preserve is a Department of Energy, Office of Legacy Management, site at the location of the former cold-war era Fernald Feed Materials Production Center located mostly in NW Hamilton County, Ohio. The Fernald Preserve features 140 acres of wetland habitat including three lakes, 400 acres of forests and 360 acres of grasslands including tall grass prairies.


The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center is a 10,000-square-foot green building that celebrates the rich and varied history of the Fernald site. Restrooms and drinking water are available. The Visitors Center is open Wed.-Sun. from 9-5pm. The trails are open daily 7am-dusk.





MAY 17, 2017                             Speaker: George Becker

                                                  President, Cincinnati Dulcimer Society

"History of Dulcimer" with sample music.

The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society was founded in 1979 to aid in the preservation and promotion of the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer, to encourage the musical abilities of the members and to preserve the cultural heritage of this instrument.                             

Cincinnati Dulcimer Society meets at Sharon Woods Centre, in Sharon Woods Park, on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00pm. The public is welcome to their Jam Session from 3-4:00 to hear us play, and see what they are all about.




JUNE 21, 2017             Speaker: Colonel(Ret) Donald C McGraw, Jr

                      President, Ohio Society of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

Will speak on "Evolution of American Flag". On display will be the Captain Miller Flag Collection


The SAR, the largest male lineage organization in the U.S., consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and over 34,000 members. SAR is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.




JULY 19, 2017                  Speakers: Ken & Barb Yoder

                               "St. Bernard Parish - 150 year anniversary"


St. Bernard parish was founded in 1867 on about three acres of land donated to the parish by George and Catherine Wingerter, who operated the Twelve Mile House across Harrison Pike. The Wingerters also collected the first subscriptions for the new parish.

Aman Betscher donated the stone and lumber for the original church and the cornerstone for the church building was laid on Nov. 21, 1867. The original church was 30 feet by 50 feet and was built of stone. The men of the parish waded into the creeks to gather stone for the church. In an effort to raise money for the church building program, the congregation decided to take up donations and to give the highest donor the honor of naming the parish. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kielloeffer of Forfeit Run Road donated the highest amount – $100 – and chose the name of St. Bernard.                            

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church



AUGUST 16, 2017        Annual Indoor Picnic Ice Cream Social

                                   Celebrating Graeter's 147th Anniversary   

When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: To be determined

                                               Why…do I RSVP? Ok, don't RSVP...

                                                                            that's more Ice Cream for the rest of us!!                                                                 RSVP to email:


                                               How…much? To be determined



SEPTEMBER 20, 2017                  


Speaker: Gretchen Wilson


"History of VanZandt & Galbraith Roads"




The photograph taken in the late 1800s, was the beginning of Groesbeck. The building at the far left of the picture was the Groesbeck School, built in 1878 and was closed in 1920s when the one and two room schools were centralized.


The building in the center was Wiesenhahn’s Farmer’s Hotel and Grocery Store. The building was later Keller’s Hotel in the 1920s and Groesbeck Tavern in the late 1940s.

To the rear (and on the right) of Wiesenhahn’s is a holding barn, to house animals being driven to market as this was a stopping point during the drive to market.

Want to know more? Come to the meeting!!! 


OCTOBER 18, 2017               Chris Smith

                                       Cincinnati Public Library, History Department             "1937 Flood in Cincinnati"

January 26, 2017 was the 80th anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the history of Cincinnati and the entirety of the Ohio River Valley. Specifically, the date the seemingly endless rise of the river stopped at 79.9 feet. Flood stage for the river in Cincinnati is 52 feet.

Rainfall totals for the river cities were absurd. Just under 14 inches in Cincinnati. Almost 15 inches in Evansville, Indiana. Almost 20 inches in Louisville.

According to Enquirer archives, on Jan. 26, 1937 a fifth of the city of Cincinnati was under water and across the river conditions were worse, with about one-third of the river cities of Kenton and Campbell counties under water. Nearly one of every eight people in the Tristate were left homeless.


NOVEMBER 15, 2017                              Mark Plageman

                                                                Price Hill Historical Society


Visitors to the Price Hill Historical Society and Museum often ask about one resident who made his home in Price Hill for less than five years. But what a home it was! Almost a century after George Remus ran one of the most extensive bootlegging operations in the country from Cincinnati's west side, his name still has the ability to conjure up images of a gilt-edged mansion with a sleek modern swimming pool and other Jazz Age excesses. Why is the story of George Remus so fascinating? He used legal loopholes in the Volstead Act to make a fortune selling whiskey during Prohibition, he was ruthless and acted swiftly to protect his own interests, but he was widely known as a generous man who never forgot a friend or a favor, and he really knew how to throw a party. George Remus, for a few golden years, lived Gatsby's dream-he was the "King of the Bootleggers."


“Remembering Remus” books signed by Meyer and Hotchkiss will be on sale


 Election of 2018 Officers and Trustees             Reminder: November 11th is Veterans Day



DECEMBER 6, 2017                          Annual Society Holiday Party

 "Bring a covered dish"....details to follow



JANUARY 17, 2018               Program Pending


Installation of new Officers and Trustees. 

               Note: Please wear blue Polo Shirts for Pictures.         

2018 Committee sign-ups       


FEBRUARY 21, 2018               Program Pending



MARCH 21, 2018                   Program Pending


but there WILL be Girl Scout Cookies for Refreshments!!!



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