Wood County Museum

13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402 - United States

419-352-0967

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The Museum is the former Wood County Poor Farm, or Infirmary, and is open for self-guided tours daily.

This 51-acre site features the Wood County Museum, many original site buildings, nature trails, herb gardens and more.

This is a collaborative effort between the the Wood County Historical Society, the Wood County Park District, and the Wood County Commissioners.

The Museum is operated by the Wood County Historical Society and employees. They have many great events throughout the year as well as excellent exhibits.

MISSION: The Wood County Historical Society is a community organization that makes connections between our past, present and future by capturing stories and cultivating memories of Wood County, Ohio and the County Home.

Exhibits

Featured exhibits:

On Exhibit Now: For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm.

This exhibit examines the architecture and design of institutional life in Ohio, up until the 1930s, as characterized by the Ohio State Board of Charities and the people who worked to uphold “comfort and convenience” for public charity. These early standards set in motion a variety of social welfare practices that are used today.

Historical documentation shared from many counties are within diorama-style exhibits, along with 120 modern-day photographs of each county taken by local photographer Jeffrey Hall over the last two years.

UTOPIA: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home
By Photographer: Taylor Houpt Ayres
As Wood County celebrates its bicentennial in 2020, this exhibit is not an exercise in looking backwards, but a symbol of all the many possibilities waiting for those just beginning their adult lives. Young people are full of hope. Her journey showcases the visual storytelling of our home and highlights beautiful landscapes, vibrant cityscapes, and a multitude of back road barns and farm fields.

This exhibit was made possible with support from American Frame.

THE MARY & CARL BACH STORY
A thorough picture of Mary and Carl Bach's tragic story including trial transcripts, a conservator's look at preserving controversial objects, and how we view domestic violence in today's society.

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