Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society
The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society
The society was established in 1963 by a group of concerned citizens led by Miss Josephine Fassett, longtime local educator and leading citizen. It was incorporated in the State of Ohio as a non-profit organization to preserve historic sites and buildings; to establish a museum to collect, catalog, and store the valuable papers, charts, maps, documents, genealogy and other artifacts portraying the history and development of the community.
An important asset to the society has been the book History of Oregon and Jerusalem, Vol. I, written by Miss Fassett. Vol. II was published by the society in 1977 from notes left by Miss Fassett. Copies are available for purchase. Since our inception we have been in several locations.
Brandville School, built in 1882, was the first two story, two room school in Oregon Township and was used as a school until it was closed in 1926. After its closing, it was purchased by 1st St. Mark Lutheran Church for Sunday services, but later closed and it remained vacant for nearly 50 years when we purchased it in 1975. With the efforts of volunteers it has been restored much to its original design. In 1994, Brandville School was placed on the National Register of Historical Places with the United States Department of the Interior.
The first floor houses displays of local artifacts and is used as a meeting room, and is available for rent for a modest fee. The second floor houses our extensive Civil War display which includes the military uniform of Frederick Nims, close friend and confidant of General George Custer. Showcased is an original oil painting by Gilbert Gaul, depicting the Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia. Our office is also located on the second floor. The building is handicap accessible.
Our annex, in the educational wing of 1st St. Marks next door, contains genealogy files, an extensive library and a small meeting area.
Located on our campus is a completely restored portable one-room schoolhouse, complete with blackboard, desks, schoolbooks, and other items that may have been used in the late 19th century.
A replica of a carriage house was constructed at the complex to display our increasing collection. The first floor houses a replica of a local general store while the second floor has vignettes of a doctor’s office and a living area displaying sections of a bedroom, and a parlor. Farm implements are also displayed on the first floor in addition to a one-horse sleigh and many tools and devices used by local tradesmen in a by-gone era.
The museum complex is open every Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed during January and February.
Board of Trustees / Oregon-Jersualem Historical Society
Betty Metz, President (2015)*
Kathy Clark, Vice-President (2014)*
Deb Rowland, Recording Secretary (2014)
Jeanette Mlynek, Corresponding Secretary (2015)*
Bonnie Olson, Treasurer (2015)*
Theresa Berry (2014)*
Robert Metz (2014)
Bill Flanagan (2014)
Dick Isbell, (2016)*
Connie Isbell, (2015)
JoAnn Flanagan, (2016)
Lisa Pavley (2016)
Al Adams (2016)
(Year) indicates the year the trustee’s term expires
* Indicates the trustee is term-limited from re-appointment
The president and vice-president are trustees who are selected by the
other Board Members to serve for a two-year term in that office.