Ottawa County museums spotlighted in Ohio Open Doors 2020

Sep 2, 2020 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Discover Ohio’s amazing heritage on Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 20 as historic buildings and landmarks across the state open their doors for virtual special tours and events during Ohio Open Doors.

Explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage, some planned especially for Ohio Open Doors events or offering behind-the-scenes looks that aren’t ordinarily available. All Ohio Open Doors events are free. Most are special one-day-only opportunities.

The Ottawa County Historical Society is helping organize various activities and events within the county as part of this statewide Ohio Open Doors event. The coronavirus experience in the County has cancelled most of the planned 2020 activities, but the Catawba Island Historical Society and the Ottawa County Museum will have events.

Statewide covid-19 regulations for in-person gatherings will be followed.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Catawba Island Historical Society will present “History in Union Chapel” from 10 a.m.-Noon at the Catawba Island Historical Society Museum and Cultural Center, 5258 E. Porter St., Catawba, a renovated non-denominational church built in 1888.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Ottawa County Museum will display “Movie Theatre Posters” at the museum, 126 West 3rd St., Port Clinton from Noon to 4 p.m. Come and view a recently acquired collection obtained by Curator Peggy Debien of Port Clinton of historic local theatre posters.

Copies of the posters will be available for purchase.

The mission of the Ottawa County Historical Society is to discover, preserve and celebrate the history of Ottawa County and to promote a heightened awareness of local places in time. During the summer it holds events and tours at the Wolcott Keeper’s House on the Danbury Peninsula and various programs throughout Ottawa County during the year. For more information about the Ottawa County Historical Society visit

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

“Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.

For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit

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