Cleveland Museum of Natural History comes to Century Village Museum

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will visit Burton as part of our Adult Education Series!!
Dr. Redmond of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will present “New and Old Archaeology of the Ancient Earthwork Builders of Northeast Ohio” on June 6th at 7:30pm in the Bond building on Century Village Museum grounds.
Before the coming of Europeans, Native Americans of northeast Ohio built small mounds for burial and other cer…emonial uses.  Sites with other kinds of earthworks are much less common, and most have been identified as ancient fortifications of one kind or another.  Were these earthwork enclosures really ancient forts or something else?  Dr. Brian Redmond of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will discuss some of the more recent archaeological discoveries that are beginning to reveal the true complexity of these special places on the prehistoric landscape. In addition, two excavations from Geauga County will be discussed! 
This program is open to the public and costs $5 for non-members, and is free for members of Century Village Museum.  Tickets may be purchased in the Crossroads Museum Store on pre-sale or before the program.
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Now Hiring Retail Manager

Retail Manager

Geauga County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, operates Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio, a 65-acre living history museum, and is seeking a Museum Store Manager.  Qualified applicant will have 3 years minimum retail management experience.  Responsibilities include among other things developing & implementing merchandising plan, budgeting, inventory control, using Quickbooks Point-of-Sale system, managing retail sales associates & volunteers, coordinating with main office, managing on-line sales.  Weekend work required.   This is a part-time seasonal position.  Send Resume and salary requirements by April 27 to Geauga County Historical Society, PO Box 153, Burton, OH  44021(attention Curator) or email to  Visit us at


1)            Formulate a retail operations budget.

2)            With Bookkeeper, establish accounting procedures and maintain accurate records.

3)            Develop merchandising plan to include product selection, store layout plan, effective visual displays, includes merchandising for maximum impact.

4)            Manage inventory.

5)            Explore product sources.

6)            Recruit, select and train retail Sales Associates.

7)            Manage volunteers to work in store.

8)            Coordinate with Marketing Director to promote the retail operations.

9)            Maintain positive customer relations through superior customer service.

10)          Manage the on-line store.

11)          Manage gift basket marketing and sales.

12)          Attend staff meetings and other meetings, if required.

13)          Perform other tasks as needed for a successful retail operation including self-study of available literature.

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Mobile Application Comes to Century Village Museum

**Sneak Peak**

Thanks to a partnership with Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, we are proud to announce a new mobile application here at Century Village Museum! 

“Geauga Historical” will be launched this spring and will allow users to tour the museum and a variety of Geauga County historical sites for free right from their smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices.  The application is based on the platform created by the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, Cleveland Historical.  Both “Cleveland Historical” and “Geauga Historical” allow you to learn about the region through layered, map-based, multimedia presentations, use social media to share your stories, and experience curated historical tours of Northeast Ohio right from your own personal device.  The same as it’s counterpart, “Geauga Historical” will be available in the iOS App Store and the Android Marketplace.

This application will not only help us reach out to new audiences, but it will also allow us to work collaboratively with historical societies and organizations in Geauga County to promote our region and the vast and diverse history we have here.  Buildings and sites throughout the museum and county will be put into individualized tours where application users can view inside photos, find building locations, listen to audio, and gather an indepth view of our history that is rarely available.

As we continue on in this planning and content development process, we welcome local historians to get involved in helping us create specialized tours throughout Geauga County.  For more information on how to become involved in this process, please contact Elizabeth Wantz, Curator and Director of Century Village Museum, at 440-834-1492.

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Holiday planning…already!

I know it seems very early to be planning for the holiday season, but at least we waited until November!

This year we are combining two of our holiday events into one!  On November 26th & 27th and again on December 3rd & 4th, Century Village Museum will open its flagship home, the Hickox Brick, and the Umberfield Cabin for holiday wanderers, shoppers, and visitors.  Each building will be decorated with natural ornaments and garlands, and filled with Victorian children’s games and holiday cheer.  We welcome you to join us in visiting these buildings (for FREE!) as you travel throughout Burton doing your holiday shopping!

While we are speaking of shopping, on November 19th and 20th the Crossroads Museum Store will have a Christmas Open House.  The store will feature hand-crafted ornaments, decorative items, artisan-made gifts, specialty foods, and more.  Refreshments, door prizes, and gift wrapping will all be available!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Shanower Library turns a new page

Originally the Munson Town Hall, the Shanower Library was erected in 1883, and was situated on Mayfield Road near Fowler’s Mill.  At its former site, the building was used for community functions including a polling place, elementary classroom, and a township workshop.  In 1986, it was moved to Century Village Museum to become the Shanower Library housing the Geauga County Historical Society’s collection of manuscripts, books, and genealogical materials.

The Shanower Library has been open for almost a quarter of a century, and we are so grateful to our volunteers that made the library and its collections all that it is.  To those dedicated volunteers, we thank you!!  As with all things, however, a changing of the guard was inevitable.  We are sad to see our dedicated librarians retire, but with our new librarians in place, we are proud to announce that the Shanower Library is thriving and continuing on in the tradition of those who created it.

The Shanower Library is not just continuing on though.  It is getting a facelift, becoming a temporary exhibit hall, going online, and hopefully becoming part of a larger online library database that will allow researchers from across the world to find information not only physically contained at Century Village Museum, but throughout all of Geauga County. 

In addition to these structural changes, we are also glad to say that the open hours of the Library are increasing!  The Shanower Library is now open Mondays from 1-4pm and Wednesdays from 10am-2pm. 

As we work through this change process, we look forward to your support!  If you have any Geauga County books, documents, family histories, photos, etc. that you would like to donate to the Shanower Library, please call 440-834-1492.  We look forward to sharing your history with the world!

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Ghost Tours of Burton

Just because Apple Butter is over, doesn’t mean that we shut down here!  For the next two weekends, we have Ghost Tours sponsored by the Goodwin House Bed and Breakfast.  They are back this year by popular demand and we couldn’t be more excited!

On Saturday, October 15th and Saturday, October 22nd guides will lead you through Century Village Museum and Burton’s very old local graveyard, while you listen to historical stories of past lives and some local ghostly lore.   Each tour lasts about 2 1/2 hours.

The tour includes historically accurate stories of the local area, some good “ghost stories”, and includes a shuttle bus ride to the local graveyard.   Get a good look at Revolutionary War veterans’ grave markers.   A light snack and beverage is included.  Tour times are 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.   The cost is $18 per person.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are necessary.   For more information, call the Goodwin House bed & Breakfast at 440-834-5060.

We hope to see you all here!

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63rd Annual Apple Butter Festival

Wow, how do I even begin??

This year we are going all-out for our Apple Butter Festival.  We have 16 historic buildings opening, 2 dulcimer players, 7 historic artisans giving demonstrations, 2 quilt stores, 5 kettles full of apple butter, 3 bands, 2 quilt appraisers, 5 Interpreters, 2 educational programs, 6 Civil War re-enactors, 2 quilt guilds, 3 new displays…whew!  I haven’t even named all the delicious food vendors or children’s activities yet!

The Festival is this weekend, Oct. 8 & 9th from 10am-5pm.  We have quilt appraisals and artisan demonstrations happening all weekend (appraisals must be schedule in advance 440-834-1492), quilt programs and bands both afternoons, and historians available all throughout the grounds.

While you’re here, check out these other happening in Burton for the weekend!

Other Things to Enjoy in Burton during Apple Butter Festival weekend

During Century Village Museum’s Apple Butter Festival, all of Burton will be alive with exciting activities, so plan to visit and stay the entire day!

To wring in the Fall, a traditional Oktoberfest will be celebrated on the Burton Village Green.  Enjoy the vendors, delicious ox roast sandwiches and bratwursts, locally-brewed beer, and, of course, foot-stomping music!

The historic Burton Public Library on the village green will present the final 2 days of its 2011 Burton Art Show.  The show will be open Saturday October 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday October 9 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

While at the library, browse the best used book sale in the area.  Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4 pm.  Sunday is bag day – fill a bag with books for only a few dollars!  Proceeds support the Friends of the Burton Public Library.

Shop and dine at an old-fashioned church bazaar and luncheon to be held on Saturday October 8 from 10 am to 6 pm at one of Burton’s architectural jewels, the Burton Congregational Church, located right on the village green.

On Saturday evening, the Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 is hosting a Dinner & Polka Dinner Dance with Dinner from 5 pm to 7 pm and Dance from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Located at 14052 Goodwin Street, Burton.  Call 440-834-8764 for prices.

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