By Thomas Palmer

It’s Saturday, which brings another opportunity to share either stories from Galion history or to update readers on history happenings in the Galion area.

Today it’s the latter on offer.

As we have covered, last Sunday some 11 organizations across Crawford County joined to present the first-ever Crawford History Fair. That event was in part an occasion to unveil the new CCHA Passport Program. That programs provides an opportunity to win prizes by visiting the county’s historic attractions.

Three Galion History organizations participated – Friends of the Big Four Depot, the Galion History Center, and Preserving Galion/the Gill House.

Both Preserving Galion and the Galion History Center will be offering house and/or museum tours this summer. Here is the latest information on those opportunities to visit the past of your community.


Regular tours of the Gill House will begin on Sunday, April 30, and continue through the first week of October. The tours, which will take place between 1:00 and 3:00 PM, cost $5 per person.

This year, there is more to see at the Gill House this year. Work on the Dining Room is continuing, with the walls recently receiving their first coat of paint. Donations recently received relating to contract John King, who built the Gill House as well as the Galion Public Library and Big Four Depot, will be on display.


The History Center has announced that it is offering tours of Brownella Cottage and the Galion History Museum and the Museum Annex on alternating weekends this summer, beginning in June. The Museum features new displays this year on Galion history themes.

Tour admission will remain at $7 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 and over. They will take place on Thursdays from 6 to 8 PM.

Both organizations, as well as the Friends of the Big Four Depot, will be offering additional events and tours this summer. Stay tuned to 1831Galion for details.

Each Saturday, we share a post about local history. We call this series “Galion History Corner,” and we will be sharing not only stories about our shared heritage but also updates on history news here in southeast Crawford County.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Bernard M. Mansfield, whose “Your Historical Galion” was a fixture in weekend editions of the Galion Inquirer. Dr. Mansfield was a friend and family physician, and he inspired the current generation of Galion historians to continue his work.