Past Events

March 7th   7:00 p.m. – Darke County Center of the Arts Coffee House Performance – Join us at AWTHS for an evening with Lee Murdock a talented instrumentalist on six and twelve string guitars who combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with a flair for storytelling in his songs. Enjoy this fun evening.  Tickets may be purchased through DCCA, Fourman’s Variety Store or at the door.

March 14th 7:00 p.m. –  Guest Speaker – Jerry Stichter – Do you have concerns about what to do with the items you have accumulated over the years, whether they are antiques or just your favorites?  Jerry will help answer your questions. Jerry Stichter has over 40 years of experience as an auctioneer and appraiser. He is not only an auctioneer, he is a friend who likes to talk with groups to help keep people from  making mistakes when faced with these decisions. Jerry will have helpful guidelines for people with different situations; he will be there to answer your questions.

Jerry was the auctioneer for the John Smith Company, ”The Big Store”, sale in 1995.  He will share stories from the two day auction which drew buyers from across the country, like the old metal sign that was nailed down to cover up a hole and sold for big bucks..


April 13, 2019 from 1- 4pm – Arcanum Homecoming & Alumni Open House – honoring the classes of 1944, 1969 and 1994.  Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will be open for building tours, displays, research and view alumni and past Arcanum school memorabilia.  If you have any questions contact: or  or visit our events on Facebook.

May 18 through Sunday, May 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 during Arcanum Old Fashioned Days the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society as part of our 15th year celebration will be open for building tours, displays about our founders and organization.

June 8th – Kurt Troutwine     Kurt will shares stories about growing up in Arcanum in the 60s and 70s, joining his father, Keith, in his insurance business, becoming a volunteer firefighter then being appointed Arcanum Fire Chief.

 July 13th – Annette Stewart   Annette will share how she uncovered some of the history of a log house on her family’s property, the decision to dismantle it after so many years, the steps of that process and finally the journey of the log house to its new location. 


JULY 20, 2019          9AM-5PM          Ithaca Cemetery Arcanum, OH

Jointly sponsored by the Twin Township Trustees and AWTHS a all-day “Hands on Workshop” to learn correct and safe methods to clean stones and fix head stones as well as info on preserving cemeteries. Instructor Mark Morton from Gravestone Guardians of Ohio will lead the class.
Reserve your spot early. Class size limited to 20-25. $30 each pre-paid participants. Register here:  Full details on registration form regarding checks and mailing.

 August 10th – Glenn Eley   Glen is a WWII veteran and long time Arcanum Resident.

September 7th The  Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will sponsor a guided walking tour of Arcanum’s historic sites in town.  The AWTHS will open at 9 a.m. for refreshments and house tours followed by a short program on the renovation of the building with the walking tour to follow.   Rain date set for September 14th.  Follow event on Facebook for updates.Download a PDF version of the brochure A Walking Tour .

September 12th – Roan Smothers will speak to us on Longtown. Mr. Smothers in researching his family genealogy found that his mother’s families’ origins were from Longtown, in Darke County Ohio. Through his research, he discovered the Clemens and Alexander’s families were the first settlers of Longtown. He joined the Union Literary Institute Preservation Society (ULIPS) and is currently the President of the ULIPS and have expanded the mission of the ULIPS to save all the remaining structures of Longtown. He wrote and nominate the James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead in Darke County and the Union Literary Institute to the National Register of Historic Places and to the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom Program as an Underground Railroad.

September 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  – Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will have a display at the All Trains Flea Market at the Darke County Fairgrounds. The display will show photos of trains and the town’s two depots as well as a time line of the rail lines that came through Arcanum. We have gathered photos of the Dayton and Union Railroad and the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis (aka Big Four). We have information about each Depot, the Big Four on South Main St. and the D&U on West George St., which includes a brief timeline of when the trains were a vital part of our community for a hundred years.