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Colerain Twp., OH 45253

Next Meeting -            JULY 19, 2017    Speakers:              Ken & Barb Yoder  St. Bernard Parish - 150 year anniversary 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

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          


What: Annual Indoor Picnic Ice Cream Social

           Celebrating Graeter's 147th Anniversary 

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


                                                    Where: Colerain Police Northgate Mall Substation


Who: Members and invited guests

          Not a member? But want that Graeters Ice Cream? 

          Easy to join...just $15 for single 2017 membership.

          Bring you $$$ or Check and join that night...just please RSVP by email


Why…do I RSVP? Graeters has asked for RSVPs for a count of people. 

                              RSVP to email:


How…much? FREE ...IF you are a Member



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!!!



APRIL 18, 2018                     Program Pending





MAY 16, 2018                        Program Pending    

JUNE 20, 2018             Program Pending



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