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Meetings are held at the Richardson-Bretz Building, 119 West Fulton Street, Celina on the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m (with some date exceptions due to holidays). Meetings are open to the public. 

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 January 14, 2024


We're having a round table discussion. Come with your achievements, your problems, your new discoveries and share them with the group. No question is too large or too small. We're here to help everyone. If you want to share any software programs or website finds please bring those along as well. 

Remember we're still in winter weather. If there is a cancellation check back here for an update or listen to WCSM which can be found at 100.3 FM or 1350 AM.


February 11, 2024
Jane and Scott Hole. Creating Memories. 

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March 10, 2024

Dr. Todd Spieles. Research on a Civil War Veteran. 

Dr. Spieles's continued research on St. Marys Civil War soldier Charles Kruse resulted in a lecture series, a TV appearance on WBGU and was printed in The St. Marys Anthology. Professional author and playwright, Michael Hurwitz, turned the Charles Kruse story into a stage play, A Long Journey Home. The production was a pivotal event of the St. Marys Bicentennial Celebration last summer and the three day event drew over 1000 patrons. Spieles previously presented the Charles Kruse saga with the Mercer County Genealogy Society on March 3, 2002, and is excited to share with us new information and photographs on the Kruse project.

April 14, 2024

Mr. Larry Fennig. History of Durbin Bean Bake. 

Explore the history of the Durbin Bean Bake with Larry Fennig as he unravels its origins, delves into the captivating history of its founders, and uncovers the details behind its unique tradition. Discover the venue that hosts this intriguing event, learn about its inception, and explore the community that forms the Durbin Bean Bake. Join our speaker in unraveling the intricacies of becoming a part of this fascinating gathering and gain insights into the activities that fill the day at the Durbin Bean Bake. Additionally, explore the impactful endeavors supported by the profits generated at this remarkable event.


May 18, 2024 - Saturday

This is a tentative road trip to the Fort Wayne, Indiana Library. If there is enough interest we will be meeting at 10 a.m. at the Richardson - Betz parking lot at 119 W. Fulton Street. 

May 19th 2024 - Sunday

Bill Vondrell, newly elected president of the Mercer County Historical Society, will be speaking on the updates of the Mercer County Museum. 

June, July, August

There are no meetings scheduled during the summer. 


September 8, 2024

Plans are underway with Tom Hendricks to do a history of Main Street homes in Celina. Check back here for updates. 


October 13, 2024

Karen Miller Bennet Certified Genealogist. 1950 Census.

Karen Miller Bennett will be speaking on the 1950 Census concentrating more on the Willshire and Rockford area.


November 10, 2024

Harrison Frech from Van Wert County will be speaking at our November meeting.

A power point presentation “World War II and the Rockford -Willshire Area” by Harrison Frech, retired educator. The program is about the War and includes examples of local people’s experiences and contributions to winning the greatest conflict in history on overseas battlefields and on the Home Front.

December 8, 2024

First Families of Mercer County and First Pioneers of Mercer County Inductions. 


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