Note: This is a guest article by Todd McCormick, the curator/director of the Logan County Historical Society and the Logan County History Center in Bellefontaine. He has held this position since 1998. A native of Sidney, Ohio Todd received a B.A. degree in History from Bowling Green State University and M.A. degree in Public History from Wright State University. Since becoming curator/director at LCHS Todd has overseen the historic renovation of the 1906 Orr Mansion, started the LCHS Young Historians Club, and was the head researcher and the contributing author of Historic Glimpses of Logan County, Ohio, as well as writing numerous pamphlets on various aspects of Logan County history. Todd has also created numerous new exhibits for the Logan County Museum as well as designing a series of traveling exhibits and programs that are used in the local schools. He also developed a grant program for local third grade classes to take field trips within Logan County. The program includes curriculum and activities Todd designed to correspond with the different field trips, and which follow the state’s Academic Content Standards for third grade. Todd is 1st Vice-President of the Ohio Local History Alliance and has presented numerous workshops and panel discussions at OLHA regional and annual meetings He has served on the Logan County Visitors Bureau Council since 1999 Todd lives in Bellefontaine with wife Amy, who teaches at Benjamin Logan Schools, and their two sons Ray and Ryan.
The Logan County History Center is located at 521 E. Columbus Avenue in Bellefontaine. The History Center includes the 1906 Neo-Classical Orr Mansion built by local lumber baron William J. Orr. The home has been historically renovated to bring it back to its original grandeur by featuring the woodwork and architectural design that made it William Orr’s “dream house.”
Attached to the Orr Mansion is the Logan County Museum featuring more than a dozen themed exhibit rooms, including an American Indian Room, a Military Room, a Toy Room and much, much, more.
Finally the History Center features the new Logan County Transportation Museum. The circular building was built in the spirit of the Bellefontaine Big Four/New York Central Railroad Roundhouse that dominated the economy and culture from many years. The Transportation Museum details all aspects of the area’s transportation history including railroad, horse & buggy, aviation, A.J. Miller Hearses/Ambulances, and modern-day motorcycle and automobile manufacturing.
The Logan County History Center is open Wednesday-Sunday 1:00-4:00. Please call (937) 593-7557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a group tour. We hope you will come visit the Logan County History Center.
As an enticement to come visit we hope this scavenger hunt/trivia will spark your interest. Please print the questions off and come tour the Logan County History Center to find the answers. Receive a free LCHC pencil if you complete the scavenger hunt and a $5 off coupon with a $20 or more purchase in the History Center Gift Shop!
LOGAN COUNTY HISTORY CENTER SCAVENGER HUNT
What two families came to Logan County in the covered wagon in the Transportation Museum? ____________________ and ______________________.
What year did was the first railroad completed in Bellefontaine and Logan County? (Railroad Room) _____________
What USA founding father did the A.J. Miller Co. name one of its hearse models after (A.J. Miller Room)? ________________________________
What Logan County village used the 1921 Model T Fire truck that is in the Transportation Museum? _______________________________________
How long is the large oval test track at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) (Modern Day Transportation Room)? _______________
On what date was the first Civic produced at the Honda East Liberty Auto plant? (Transportation Room) _________________
Name one of the Mills Brothers (Famous Logan Countians exhibit on museum ramp wall). ___________________________
Which local physician did the X-Ray table in the Doctor’s Office belong to? _______________________
What local radio and television repair store’s sign is hanging in the Communication’s Room? __________________________
What was the name of the Shawnee/Seneca Reservation shown on the map in the Indian Room? ________________________________________
What color are the Wild Mouse’s eyes in the Indian Lake Room? _________________________
What brand is the electric icebox in the Household Room? _____________________________
How many fireplaces are on the 1st floor or the Orr Mansion? ______________________________
What kind of window is at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor of the Orr Mansion? _________________________________________