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PO BOX 53726

Colerain Twp., OH 45253

Next Meeting -            June 19        Speaker: Marlene Vastine         "Civil Air Patrol"

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The Coleraine Historical Society Inc.
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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 monthly program

8:00 – 8:30pm     Membership Meeting



Membership Meetings will be held at:


Northwest Community Church

8735 Cheviot Road in front of Colerain High School

Upcoming Meetings and Speakers

JUNE 19, 2019      Marlene Vastine - Speaker  

The origins of Civil Air Patrol date to 1936, when Gill Robb Wilson, World War I aviator and New Jersey director of aeronautics, returned from Germany convinced of impending war. Wilson envisioned mobilizing America’s civilian aviators for national defense, an idea shared by others.

In Ohio, Milton Knight, a pilot and businessman, organized and incorporated the Civilian Air Reserve (CAR) in 1938. Other military-styled civilian aviation units emerged nationwide, training for homeland defense.

World War II and Postwar/1941-1948
In January 1942, German submarines began attacking merchant vessels along the East Coast. With the military unable to respond in force, CAP established coastal patrol flights to deter, report and prevent enemy operations.

Cold War/1950-1975
Post-World War II, CAP focused its efforts on three core missions – Cadet Program, Emergency Services and Aerospace Education. 

Evolving Missions/1976-2000

The latter half of the Cold War witnessed the further expansion of CAP roles and capabilities. In 1979, CAP began flying Military Training Route surveys for the Strategic Air Command and the Tactical Air Command. A 1985 agreement with the U.S. Customs Service saw CAP conducting counterdrug reconnaissance missions for law enforcement.



The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ushered CAP into a new era of homeland defense. With increased federal funding and creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CAP received new technologies for its emergency services, including hyperspectral imaging, improved airborne communication, forward-looking infrared systems, GPS-equipped glass cockpit avionics and geospatial information interoperability.              


JULY 17, 2019                     Patsy Johnson Gaines 

                                            will portray "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 a 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 retirement home residents.

For CHS, she will portray “Anna Tuthill Symmes”

Anna Tuthill of Long Island was married at age 19 to John Cleves Symmes, also of Long Island. The family moved from Long Island to the Flatbrook area near Walpack Center in 1762, where John Symmes established a saw mill. Anna died at age 35 years, several months after giving birth to her second child, Anna. 

John Cleves Symmes was a member of the Continental Congress of 1776, and he along with his third wife, moved to Ohio in 1788. Their daughter Anna Symmes married William Henry Harrison (who became the 9th President of the U.S.)


AUGUST 21, 2019          


What: Annual Indoor Picnic          


When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019  6:00 – 8:30 pm


Where: Northwest Community Church


Who: Members, their Families and invited guests



                    By August 15th, please RSVP to email: 


Speaker at Annual Indoor Picnic:    Mary Burdett


Its our Quasquibicentennial...


"The 225th Anniversary of Colerain Township"   



SEPTEMBER 18, 2019         Shane Meeker


“A History of Procter & Gamble”




William Procter, emigrating from England, established himself as a candle maker in Cincinnati, which was a busy center of commerce and industry in the early nineteenth century.     And James Gamble, arriving from Ireland, apprenticed himself to a soap maker. The two might never have met had they not married sisters Olivia and Elizabeth Norris, whose father convinced his new sons-in-law to become business partners.


As a result, in 1837, a bold new enterprise was born: Procter & Gamble.        



 OCTOBER 16, 2019          Chris Henson & Larry Shad



The Blue Rock/ Banning Toll House



Powerpoint Presentation



NOVEMBER 20, 2019            Mary Burdett


The 55th Anniversary of

The Coleraine Historical Society




DECEMBER 4, 2019     ***First Wednesday of December           


Annual Society Holiday Party


Please email RSVP to  

by Fri. Nov 29



JANUARY 15, 2020                 


NO Membership Meeting (as it usually snows!)       

Installation ceremony for new Officers and Trustees will be at Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 7th




FEBRUARY   2020               Program Pending









March 18, 2020                          Program Pending



MARCH MEETING              


There WILL be


for Refreshments

APRIL 15, 2020                           Program Pending




MAY 20, 2020                             Program Pending






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