The Roseville Historical Society Story

About Us

Our Mission & Goals

Preserving Roseville's Legacy

The Roseville Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Roseville, Ohio. The Society seeks to achieve this mission through a variety of public programs, including exhibits, lectures, walking tours, and a research library to make the history of Roseville accessible to everyone.

The historical society publishes a quarterly newsletter with content specifically about Roseville and its past and present citizens. We also maintain a presence on Facebook and Instagram to provide news about upcoming events and other information that is beneficial to our members.

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Digitization

We are in the process of digitizing many of our collections for greater access.

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Preservation

We collect and preserve many artifacts and records from Roseville’s long and storied history.

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Education

We create events and learning materials to bring Roseville’s history to the community and beyond.

"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday."

Pearl S. Buck, American novelist

Photo Credit: Chris Crook

preserving the past

Since 1998

1998 – The Roseville Historical Society is established by Helen Kildow, Kathryn Lynch, and Bonnie Ungemach. 

1999 – the first issue of the Roseville Legend newsletter is mailed out to the charter members of the historical society.

1999 – The Community Bank agrees to underwrite the expense of the production of the Roseville Legend for the Roseville Historical Society.

2003 – Roseville High School photos and memorabilia are loaned to the Roseville Historical Society. The class photos are one of the most popular exhibits in the historical society.

2003 – The Governor’s Office of Appalachia awards funds in the amount of $12,500.00 to the Roseville Historical Society towards the purchase of the former Masonic Lodge on Main Street.

2004 – The Roseville Historical Society receives a $14,000.00 grant from the Muskingum County Community Foundation for capital improvements for the Roseville Historical Society Museum building.

2004 – Ted and Barbara Graybill donate Lot #44 for use as a parking lot adjacent to the historical society museum building on July 7, 2004.

2005 – The official ribbon cutting and opening of the Roseville Historical Society Museum takes place on May 1st.

2005 – The Roseville Historical Society establishes an annual fundraiser called Heritage Day. This one-day event serves as the main fundraiser for the historical society. 

2007 – Helen Kildow (1915 – 2007), co-founder of the Roseville Historical Society passes away on October 22nd.

2012 – Bonibelle G. Ungemach (1921 – 2012), co-founder of the Roseville Historical passes away on May 7th.

2013 – Original paintings by Leslie Cope are donated to the Roseville Historical Society.

2021 – D. Michael Hartley donates $15,000.00 towards capital improvements and the building is renamed the “Hartley Building.”

2022 – The Roseville Historical Society establishes a working group to research the various potteries that once operated in Roseville. At one time more than 200 potters/potteries operated in roughly 9.4 square miles in Roseville, Ohio.

2023 – The Roseville Historical Society celebrates 25 years as an organization in Roseville, Ohio.

2023 – The Roseville Historical Society is awarded $5,000 grant from the J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation for the creation of a website.

2023 – The Roseville Historical Society launches their official website:  www.rosevilleohiohistory.org.

How you can help

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Ongoing Works

Why Your Help Matters

The Roseville Historical Society could not do the work that it does without the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and organizations.  

Funds go to the preservation of archival artifacts, upkeep of the museum building, and the continued growth and expansion of our historical events and educational materials.

Of particular import is our current digitization project which will help us preserve our archival items for generations to come and bring our history to a much wider audience.

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Questions And Answers

Yes! We are open the first Sunday of the month from 1 pm – 4 pm, April through October.  

The first and second floor of the Roseville Historical Society Museum are wheelchair accessible. Access to the first floor is located at the side of building. A ramp located at the rear of the building leads to the second floor. The restroom on the main floor is ADA accessible.

140 S. Main Street, Roseville OH 43777. The Roseville Historical Society is located in the Muskingum Valley, partially located in both Muskingum and Perry Counties 10 miles southwest of Zanesville, Ohio. It is reachable by car or tour bus.

You will see photographs, newspapers, postcards, maps, books, household objects, pottery, glass, textiles, military items, and written and oral histories of families and businesses that once thrived in the village of Roseville, Ohio. We also have the only collection of Leslie Cope (1913 – 2002) art and artifacts that came directly from the Cope Gallery, which closed in 2013.

The museum is free for members.  General admission is $2.00 and admission for children is $0.50.  

To become a member you need only pay the membership fee via PayPal or send a check made out to the Roseville Historical Society to:

Roseville Historical Society
P.O. Box 14
Roseville, OH 43777

Individual Membership is $10 per year, Family Membership is $15 per year. 

Membership runs from April 15th through April 14th annually. Membership includes free admission to the monthly (May through October) First Sunday Open House, free admission to the annual Heritage Day, and a subscription to the Roseville Legend.

Remember to send us your contact information with purchase to info@rosevilleohiohistory.org

Two Ways To Donate

You can donate to the Roseville Historical Society online or by check.

Onlinepaypal.me/RosevilleOhio

By Check
Mail a check made out to The Roseville Historical Society and send it to:

Roseville Historical Society
P.O. Box 14
Roseville, OH 43777