Preble County Historical Society.

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Amphitheater Schedule

Sunday July 5

5 2PM – 11PM

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

Exhibits, children’s games, Eaton Community Band and the Eaton Community Chorus, 2015 Hall of Honor Inductions, Evening Music by the Worley Boys

Saturday July 18

3PM – Preble County Idol Eaton Regional Finals - FREE

7PM – Ticket to Ride: Beatles Tribute Band Costumes from the Ed Sullivan Show , and and Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Band $10/person

Saturday August 15

7PM - Pure Grain and Dallas Moore Bands

Two “Outlaw Country” bands in the tradition of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings


Sunday August 23

4PM - Worley Boys

6:30PM - Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

“Bluegrass and Gospel”


Bridges Bikes and Blues

Bridges Bikes and Blues is June 20, 2015! THIS YEAR will be BETTER than ever. Gear up your Bikes for the Ride!

For Regisration Information, Call 937-787-4256 or Email

Antique Study Group... Meeting Review and Schedule!

Our next Antique Study Group meeting is Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30 pm at the Preble County Historical center. Our new director, Misti Spillman will be our guest speaker and the topic will be on “Cemetery Restoration and Gravestone Cleaning”. Misti, who has her BA in Archeology from the University of Evansville and her MA in Public History from Wright State has been involved in cemetery gravestone restoration for the past 5 years. If you have an interest in this topic or a great story on cemeteries or gravestones for the group, please feel free to share it with us next Tuesday. Barb Cox has also volunteered to provide some snacks for this month’s meeting.
The Antique Study Group is now meeting every 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm with meetings being held at the PCHS Swartsel House, unless otherwise noted. We encourage you to bring your friends and get them involved in this group and other exciting happenings at the PCHS. Please contact Misti at if you plan on attending on May 5th.

Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair

Again, RSVP to director Misti Spillman at if you plan on attending, and please pass this information onto others that may be interested. (Our May 5th topic will be “Gravestones and Cemetery Restoration” presented by our new director Misti Spillman.)

Preble County Herb Society UPDATES

Herbal Tea Luncheon. April 11, 2015 PHOTO GALLERY: See all the photos from this great event. Presentation this year was "The Language of Flowers" presented by Janell Foust.

Preble County Herb Society SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Spring Schedule.

21 May - Glenda's Gardens

2 June - Governor's Mansion and Garden Tour; Lunch in German Village and Tour of Conifer Garden (tentative)

After 2 June, we will meet again in August 2015.


PCHS Annual Meeting 2015 • April 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Preble County Fine Arts Center


The Annual Meeting WAS HELD Sunday, April 12, at the

The following service awards were presented: Lifetime Dedication Award; Years of Service Award; Sara Swartsel Volunteer of the Year Award; Business of the Year Award; New Volunteer of the Year Award.Preble County Fines Arts Center, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

•• Yearly Meeting Minutes 2014
••• Yearly Meeting Minutes 2015

The Guest Speaker, Monica Rakovan gave an excellent presentation and overview of the recent Aukerman Creek Restoration Project.

See the Photo Gallery of this Event!


The Aukerman Creek Restoration Project

The Aukerman Creek restoration project exemplifies our efforts in continuing this mission. Aukerman Creek was named after John Aukerman (History 1881). In 1804 he settled at the mouth of what since has been known as Aukerman Creek. His legacy has endured throughout the history of Preble County along with the creek.

Aukerman Creek, a tributary within the Twin Creek Watershed, travels through the Preble County Historical Society nature reserve . Sections of the stream have deteriorated and severe erosion has become a paramount concern, threatening infrastructure in the area. Several stream banks of Aukerman Creek are experiencing mass wasting. The rate of the erosion in this area is estimated to be at 1.04 tons per year for every linear foot of stream bank ( 2014).