September 4: The 1861 Diary of a Knox County Farmer:

Harvey Devoe and His World presented by Alan Borer


              On a pleasant Fall afternoon in October, 1987, at a flea market in southeastern Ohio, Westerville resident, Alan Borer, purchased an old, badly worn wallet that contained a small diary. It was dated 1861, and on the cover was written the name "Harvey Devoe Fredericktown, Ohio."
Mr. Borer has now published this most interesting diary of Mr. Devoe's daily activities for the year 1861, along with his well-researched annotations and illustrations of the Fredericktown-Ankenytown area. His book will be available for sale as well.


October 2: Mary Ball Bickerdyke:
The Cyclone in Calico by Darlene Gage


              To the countless boys whose wounds she tended and illnesses she treated, she was known affectionately as "Mother Bickerdyke." Born in Knox County in 1817, Mary Ann Ball became a major force in the advancement of medical care for Union soldiers during the Civil War years and beyond.
Her life and times will be recreated for us by Darlene Gage, Ohio Historical Society reenactor, who is known for her excellent portrayal of prominent figures from Ohio's past.


November 6: Our Annual Salute to Knox County's Veterans


              We continue our recognition of Knox County's participation in the Civil War with this year's presentation by St. Vincent School students, representing and telling the stories of several Knox Countians who served in some of the major campaigns of that War. Among them will be Amity Private Conrad Doup, Lt. Colonel William C. Cooper, Union Guard William Penn Bogardus, and one of Knox County's many famous "Squirrel Hunters," who successfully defended the city of Cincinnati in 1862.
The opening presentation of the colors will again be by the Knox County Career Center Air Force Jr. ROTC Unit.


December 4: Our Annual Christmas Holiday Gathering


              Each year we celebrate the coming Christmas and holiday season by getting together for an informal gathering of KCHS members and friends at the Museum from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., to enjoy snacks and visit with our many friends.


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Unless otherwise noted, our monthly meetings are held at the Knox County Historical Society Museum, 875 Harcourt Road, in Mount Vernon. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m., are free, and open to the public. For more information, call the Museum at 740-393-5247.


Now Available!


   The Artist’s Eye is a brand new book featuring more than 50 beautiful watercolors of historic Knox County scenes and homes.

   Throughout the 1950’s, Mount Vernon artist and graphic designer, Vernon Johnson, captured countless images of our area in his watercolor paintings. His daughter, Janis Johnson, has just completed her 128-page, full color book on the life and work of her father, containing dozens of historic street scenes, businesses, churches and homes.

   The book is now available at the Historical Society Museum, at $34.95, plus $2.30 tax, totaling $37.25. Historical Society members receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store, making their cost just $33.50, including tax. Persons wanting the book shipped should include $5.00 additional for postage.


   Orders may be placed by phone (740-393-5247 or 740-397-3503), or by mail to


Vernon Johnson Book

The Knox County Historical Society Museum

P.O. Box 522,

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050


   In addition to the Museum, the book is also available at


Paragraphs Bookstore, 105 S. Main St. in Mount Vernon;

R & M Southside Diner, 620 S. Main St. in Mount Vernon;

Spearman’s Restaurant, 26155 Coshocton Rd. in Millwood;

Kenyon College Bookstore, Brooklyn St., in Gambier.


   To learn much more about the book, the author, and Vernon Johnson himself, visit Janis Johnson’s own website by clicking here.

The KCHS IRS Form 990 is available for inspection

by request at the Museum.

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