The Warren County Historical Society held its 28th annual History Camp on July 12-15, 2021. History Camp has been the recipient of the History Outreach Award from Ohio Local History Alliance and is for students entering fourth through eighth grades in the fall. The topic this year was “New Discoveries from the Past.”
Campers learned of the dramatic changes to the WCHS’s Harmon Museum over the last year, with its many new exhibits and refurbished existing ones. Heading the list was the 1795 Beedle Cabin, which was being reconstructed next to the WCHS’s Armstrong Conference Center.
The Beedle Cabin was one of the first cabins constructed in Warren County. In the fall of 1795, it was built by New Jersey-born William Beedle, his five adult children and their families when they established Beedle Station, the first permanent pioneer settlement in Warren County. The station was located 4 mile west of Lebanon.
With the help of special guests, ("Annie Oakley," Representatives of the Sioux Nation, and more!), campers participated in activities important to the rich history of South West Ohio.
John Zimkus is the WCHS’s History Camp’s director, and founded the camp in 1992. He is currently the Society’s Historian/Education Director. After spending 35 years in the classroom, Zimkus was inducted into the Lebanon City Schools Hall of Fame in 2008. A two-time recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Foundation Award from the Area Progress Council of Warren County, Inc., Zimkus was selected Ohio’s Outstanding Teacher of American History for 2006 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
$40 for Warren County Historical Society members $65 for non-members.
** You may also pay with a check.
Please download and complete our registration form. Mail the completed form (along with payment if you want to send a check) to:
Warren County Historical Society 105 South Broadway Lebanon, OH 45036