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Colerain Twp., OH 45253

Next Meeting -            Wed March 18     Speaker:               Bob & Diana Rielage A Visit to      Coleraine Ireland

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The Coleraine Historical Society Inc.
The Coleraine Historical Society Inc.




Third Wednesday of Month

6:30 - 8:30pm


The Coleraine Historical Society meets the third Wednesday of each month  

6:30pm                  Meet and Greet with light refreshments

7:00 – 8:00pm      Speaker/Program

                                                              Public welcome to attend Program

8:00 – 8:30pm     CHS Membership Meeting



Membership Meetings will be held at:


Northwest Community Church

8735 Cheviot Road in front of Colerain High School

Upcoming Meetings and Speakers

MARCH MEETING              


There WILL be


for Refreshments



March 18, 2020                          


A Visit to Coleraine, Ireland

In June 2019, former Colerain Township Trustee  Diana Rielage and her husband Bob, travelled to Ireland to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. As part of their trip, the Rielages visited Coleraine Ireland and exchanged gifts and Proclamations.

Coleraine is a town and civil parish near the mouth of the River Bann in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is 55 miles northwest of Belfast and 30 miles east of Derry, both of which are linked by major roads and railway connections. 




APRIL 15, 2020                            Speaker: Marcia Ross


History of Arlington  Memorial Gardens

Since 1934, Arlington  Memorial Gardens has served and earned the trust of families in the Tri-State region. It is a non-profit funeral home, cemetery, crematorium and memorial park



MAY 20, 2020                            Speaker: Jon Symore

               The Oxbow

In the central Ohio Valley, the most important remaining wetland is a 2500-acre spread of level river bottom farmland on the shore of the Ohio River, known as the Oxbow.


 The Oxbow is a broad floodplain where the Great Miami River empties into the Ohio. This area where three states - Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky - come together, is near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, seventeen miles downstream from Cincinnati. It is named for a small horseshoe, or oxbow-shaped lake, formed when flood waters cut a new course for the Great Miami River, isolating a meander in the old stream bed. There is not a building on it.

Almost every year it is flooded with shallow waters that deposit nutrients from upstream. This annual enrichment, plus a water table close the surface, makes the Oxbow area a highly productive land for farming.  - Excerpt from Oxbow website           



JUNE 17, 2020                    Speaker: Kimberly Whitton

       Great Parks of Hamilton County

There are 17 Parks managed by Great Parks of Hamilton County. It was created in 1930 as the Hamilton County Park District. Great Parks is a separate political subdivision of the State of Ohio, governed by a Board of Park Commissioners.



JULY 15, 2020                     Speaker: Patsy Johnson Gaines


Mrs. Anna Tuthill Symmes


 Martha Washington. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. Caroline Scott Harrison. Those are just a few of the 24 women Patsy Johnson Gaines plays as an historical re-enactor.


Since the early 1980s, she has performed as many as   160 times a year in front of audiences ranging from schoolchildren to DAR members to retirement home residents.


For the CHS Program, Ms. Gaines will act as Mrs. Anna Tuthill Symmes, wife of John Cleves Symmes

John Cleves Symmes (July 21, 1742 – February 26, 1814) was a delegate to the Continental Congress from New Jersey, and later a pioneer in the Northwest Territory. 

Symmes was married to Anna Tuthill of New York (1741–1776) on October 30, 1760.

They had three children:

  • Maria Symmes (born April 23, 1765)
  • Mary Symmes (born August 30, 1767)
  • Anna Tuthill Symmes (July 25, 1775 – February 25, 1864), who married William Henry Harrison,   who eventually became the President of the United States.



AUGUST 19, 2020          


What: Annual Indoor Picnic          


When: Wednesday, August 19  6:00 – 8:30 pm

              NOTE: Since this is Dinner, we have an earlier start time


Where: Northwest Community Church


Who: Members, their Families and invited guests



        By Friday, August 14th, please RSVP to email: 



SEPTEMBER 16, 2020                 


History of Land Use

in Colerain Township



Speaker: MATT SHAD







October 21, 2020                    Speaker: ANNE GRAY                      



And Recycling at the Colerain Location


Rumpke’s history dates back to the1930s when founder  William F. Rumpke ran a junkyard and coal delivery business  in Cincinnati. His customers often bartered sheep, chickens and old cars and trucks as payment for his services.  One day, he was paid with six young pigs. William fixed up some old trucks from the junkyard and enlisted relatives to search for garbage to feed the pigs. William J. Rumpke (who is currently President Emeritus and chairman of the board for Rumpke Waste & Recycling) was only five years old when he began helping his father collect trash from homes and businesses.



NOVEMBER 18, 2020

                                Speaker pending


The Colerain Chamber of Commerce seeks to advance the economic, industrial, professional, commercial, cultural and civic welfare of the Northwest Cincinnati area; to encourage the growth of existing industries and businesses while giving all proper assistance to any new firms or individuals seeking to locate in the area; to provide business and industrial education to the people of Colerain Township and the surrounding areas; and to support all those activities determined to be beneficial to the local business community and surrounding areas.  




DECEMBER 2, 2020     ***First Wednesday of December           


Annual Society Holiday Party


Members ONLY








JANUARY 20, 2021                 


NO Membership Meeting 

 (as it usually snows!)       


Installation ceremony for new Officers and Trustees will be at

Annual Focus & Planning Workshop 



Saturday JANUARY 16, 2021          10:00am  


Annual focus &

Planning workshop


All members encouraged to attend. 

This is your chance to voice your opinions on the focus and direction of CHS efforts. 

Review last year’s goals and accomplishments.

Plan for 2021 – goals, projects, outreach, fundraising, etc.


St Paul United Church of Christ

5312 Old Blue Rock Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45247



FEBRUARY   19, 2020                               Program Pending    







Past Meetings


January         Annual CHS Focus & Planning Workshop


February       Colerain Comprehensive Plan

                               Speaker: Mike Ionna

                          Colerain Township Director of Zoning & Planning



January         Annual CHS Focus & Planning Workshop


February       Hidden Cincinnati

                               Speaker & Author: Jeff Suess


March          The Barns of Colerain Township

                                Speaker: Chris Henson


April           The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Eden Park

                                Speaker: Gary Henson


May            Martha Washington

                                Reenactor: Millie Henley


June            Civil Air Patrol

                                 Speaker: Marlene Vastine


July            Manasseh Cutler & the Ordinance of 1787

                                Speaker: David Savage


August         Annual CHS Indoor Picnic


September      History of Procter & Gamble

                                Speaker: Shane Meeker

                Meet & Greet - Candidates for Colerain Township

                                 Trustee & Fiscal Officer


October         Update on the Toll House

                                 Speakers: Chris Henson & Larry Shad


November      OPEN HOUSE

                55th Anniversary of CHS


December       Annual Holiday Gathering

                                  Barnesburg Tavern & Grill



January         Annual CHS Focus & Planning Workshop


February       A History Of Colerain Township

                                Speaker & Author: Joe Flickinger


March          William Lytle a famous Cincinnatian

                                 Speaker: Jim North


April           The 1812 Society

                                Speaker: Barb Marbut


May            The Cincinnati Courthouse Riot

                                 Speaker & Author: Stephen J. Rolfes


June            The 1937 Flood

                                 Speaker: Chris Smith


July            Wooden Shoe Hollow

                                Cincinnati Museum Center


August         Annual CHS Indoor Picnic


September      Traveling Morgans Trail

                                 CHS Members Larry Shad & Earl Corson


October         About Green Township

                                 Speaker: Paul Ruffing, Green Township Historical Society President


November      Hamilton County Genealogical Society

                                Speaker: Kathy Reed


December       Annual Holiday Gathering

                                  Barnesburg Tavern & Grill




January         Annual CHS Focus & Planning Workshop


January        History of Military Uniforms worn in US Wars

Speaker: Chris & Mary Dumford


February       Researching Your Home's History

Speaker & Author: Ann Senefeld 


March          Haunted Cincinnati

                                Speaker & Author: Jeff Morris


April           Fernald Then and Now

                                Speaker: Penny Borgman


May            Dulcimer Society 


June            The American Flag

                                 Speaker: Don McGraw & Jim Schaeffer of Ohio SAR


July            St. Bernard Parish 150 years

                                Speakers: Ken & Barb Yoder


August         Annual CHS Indoor Picnic with Graeters Ice Cream!


September      VanZandt Family

                                 Speaker: Gretchen Wilson


October         Famous and Infamous Green Township Characters

                                 Speaker: Paul Ruffing, Green Township Historical Society President

                Meet & Greet - Candidates for Colerain Township 



November      George Remus

                                 Speaker & Author: Mark Plagman


December       Annual Holiday Gathering

                                  Barnesburg Tavern & Grill



January         Annual CHS Focus & Planning Workshop


February        History of Pinecroft

                                  Speaker: Mike Martini


March           A Visit to North College Hill Historical Society


April            Moeller Nursery 100 years

       Speaker: Terry Moeller


May             Mt. Healthy Historical Society

                                   Speaker: Penny Huber


June             Are you on Facebook?

                                   Speaker: Matt Tietsort


July             ?

  Reenactor: Patsy Johnson Gaines


August          Annual CHS Indoor Picnic


September       Ohio Legends

                                  Speaker & Author: Jeff Wilson


October          SunWatch Village & Archeaological Park

                 Speaker & Anthropologist: Andrew Sawyer, Site Manager        


November       Cincinnati Riverfront in Pictures 1848

                   Speaker: Jim Mainger, Cincinnati Public Library


December        Annual Holiday Gathering

                                   Northgate Mall Colerain Police Substation



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