The primary collection of historic artifacts and records is housed in Historic Hall located in Independence’s public square. The building was constructed in 1895 as a school house, and later became the library and municipal building. Today, the Historical Society has segmented its collection into various rooms and locations of the facility. Below, you will see collections in the Daily Life, War Room, and Police & Fire Department. Read below to learn more.

War Room

This collection brings together artifacts from the honored individuals who have served our country from as far back as the Civil War, up to and including the Vietnam War. From uniforms, to honors and awards that were earned by our residents, this collection is a fascinating assembly of our community’s soldiers who served. You’ll notice suspended from the ceiling, hand-crafted model aircraft, made by our own John Orris and donated to the Historical Society in 2010.

 

 

Daily Life

This collection demonstrates the features of life from a simpler time. Included in your tour of this collection, you will find parlor settings, a kitchen from the 19th Century, toys and entertainment-type artifacts as it was back then.

 

 

Police and Fire

A very complete collection of the police and fire safety services from the history of our community. Highlighting the collection are two key trucks: A 1927 Chevrolet fire engine—the city’s first, and a 1954 pumper Seagrave from Independence’s former fire fleet. You will walk through the actual old fire and police stations, visiting the booking room and actual jail cells. Pictures of Independence’s former public safety officials hang on the wall. A real treat!

 

 

Bramley House

Constructed in 1856, the Bramley Home has been the focal point of the Historical Society’s restoration efforts since it was bequeathed to the Historical Society in 1996, upon the death of Betsey Bramley. A complete renovation is currently underway, and those passing by have recently begun to see the signs of the exterior portion of renovation.  Efforts will pick up again in the spring, and volunteers are always welcome.

The ultimate goal of the renovation is to house a fully restored meeting room for small groups in the community. The remainder of the home will be a dedicated museum. The Historical Society has received grants from the Reinberger Foundation and also from the State of Ohio. See below to learn more.

 

War Room

Bramley House

Police and Fire

Daily Life

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