Meeting Information and Programs

The Brownhelm Historical Association holds meetings the first Wednesday of each month beginning in February, March, April, May and June; off July and August; resume September, October, November, and December.

Meetings are held at the Historic Brownhelm School and Museum at 1940 North Ridge Road, Vermilion.

Note: the December Christmas Meeting is held at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum (formerly the German Evangelical and Reformed Church) at  1355 Claus Road, Vermilion.

Doors open at 6:15 for those who wish to attend the business meeting from 6:30-7pm. Those wishing to only attend the program should arrive between 7-7:15pm for refreshments and socializing. Programs start at 7:30pm.

2018 Calendar

SEPTEMBER BHA MEETING
Date:
 September 5, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:15pm   Meeting 6:30-7:00 Program to follow at 7:30pm
Location: Historic Brownhelm School & Museum - 1940 North Ridge Rd, Vermilion
Speaker: Katie Rivet, Chairperson for the Cemetery Restoration Project
Katie will present a power point presentation on the June Cemetery Preservation Workshop held at the Brownhelm Cemetery that was led by Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio. Participants came from near and far to take part in this important workshop to learn how to properly and safely restore headstones. 

CIVIL WAR DAYS AT MILL HOLLOW PARK
Date: Saturday, September 22 & Sunday, September 23, 2018
Time: Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm | Sun: 10:00am - 3:00PM
Cost: Free!
Event: The Brownhelm Historical Association, in partnership with the Lorain Metro Parks, presents its 2nd Civil War Days.  Throughout the day, experts in Civil War era topics will be present to share their knowledge during scheduled demonstrations on period cooking methods, medical practices, uniforms, music and more! Take a tour of the Benjamin Bacon home, then spread out a picnic and enjoy the day! Educational fun for the whole family! Free admission. 
Location: Vermilion River Reservation - Mill Hollow Park

OCTOBER BHA MEETING
Date:  Wednesday October 3, 2018  
Time: Doors open at 6:15pm   Meeting 6:30-7:00pm Program to follow at 7:30pm
Location:  Historic Brownhelm School & Museum - 1940 North Ridge Rd, Vermilion
Program To Be Announced

5TH ANNUAL “IF TOMBSTONES COULD TALK” CEMETERY WALK  
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 3:30-6:00pm  
Cost: Free!
Event: Come stroll through the Brownhelm Cemetery where you will walk back in time and meet some of Brownhelm’s earliest pioneers and residents. Costumed reenactors share their life stories in a program that “brings history life”!
Location: Brownhelm Cemetery, corner of North Ridge and Sunnyside Rd. 

NOVEMBER BHA MEETING
Date:
 November 7, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm   Meeting 6:30-7:00 Program to follow
Location:  Historic Brownhelm School & Museum  
Speaker: Eric Rivet, Curator of Collections Western Reserve Historical Society  
With Veteran’s Day approaching, BHA member Eric Rivet’s “Cleveland at War” ties in well. World War I and II had a profound effect on Cleveland. Join Eric for a discussion of how Cleveland’s industrial power made key contributions to both wars. Hear the stories of prominent Clevelanders and local heroes who helped achieve victory, and see some of the treasures of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s military collections. 

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT HISTORIC BROWNHELM SCHOOL
Date:
 November 25, 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Location:  Historic Brownhelm School & Museum  
Join us for an Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting and singing a few carols to start the holiday season. Refreshments and socializing in the "School."

OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY AT THE BENJAMIN BACON HOUSE
Date:  Saturday, December 1st   & Sunday, December 2nd
Time: Saturday 3:00pm-8:00pm; Sunday, December 2:00-6:00pm
Location: Mill Hollow Park/Vermilion River Reservation   FREE event
Each December re-enactors re-create an Old Fashioned Holiday at the Benjamin Bacon House located in Mill Hollow Park, also known then as Brownhelm Mills or Bacon’s Mills.  Guests travel in time to the 1860’s as re-enactors portray early Brownhelm residents preparing for the holiday party.  Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Christmas in the candlelit home.  Tours leave at approx. every 15 minutes from the Carriage Barn. Outdoor campfire, hearth cooking demonstrations, music, horse-drawn carriage rides.  Performed by many members of the Brownhelm Historical Association and sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Park. 

DECEMBER BHA MEETING
Date:  December 5th, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm   Meeting 6:30-7:00 Program to follow
Location:  Brownhelm Heritage Museum, 1355 Claus Road, Vermilion
Program: Victorian Holiday Traditions.  Did you know that Prince Albert, the German husband of Queen Victoria, introduced the tradition of a Christmas tree? Or that the sending of Christmas cards developed during the Victorian era? Learn many interesting facts and traditions and the story of why Charles Dickens’ wrote “A Christmas Carol”.  Please bring a plate of cookies to share.