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Our Mission

The mission of the Venango County Historical Society shall be:

1.  The acquisition and preservation of materials relating to the history the County of Venango and to encourage the study and appreciation of that history.

2.  To make its historical resources accessible to the public.

About VCHS

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By becoming a member of VCHS you help us preserve the history of Venango County, and make it accessible to citizens and visitors alike. Click here for more information.

The Venango County Historical Society was organized in 1957, and a charter was granted in November of 1959. After several temporary locations, the Society purchased its long-time headquarters, the Hoge-Osmer House, in 1981. 


The Society is governed by a 21-member board of directors, who meet 10 times per year on the second Monday of the month.


The Society's funding comes from several sources - our membership dues, donations, grants and trusts, our Endowment Fund ,and an annual gift from the County of Venango.  The majority of our funding comes from fundraisers - our annual Book Fair is the largest.


The historic items that make up the Society's collections come entirely from donations. 

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VCHS's Board of Directors

President - Bessie Nolf

First Vice President - Robert Billingsly

Second Vice President - Bill Black

First Treasurer - David Anderton

Second Treasurer - Gene Rexford

First Secretary - Paula Harry

Second Secretary - Carolee Michener

VCHS's Board Members

Jenn Burden

Tawnee Smith

Caroll Gehres

Logan Harris

Bonnie Jolley

Dale Wilson

Pegg Woods

Sylvia Coast

Barb Hankins

Robert Hoffman

Jim Nelms

Colleen Scurry

VCHS Staff

Our Executive Director is Marlie Manning, she joined us in August of 2016. Marlie received a Bachelors of Art in History from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in May 2011. She then went on to receive a Masters of Art in Museum Studies from Appalachian State University in December of 2013. To the position, Marlie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to guide VCHS through our transition from the Hoge-Osmer House to the Egbert-Mullins-Koos House.  

Our Executive Secretary is Diana Griffith. She joined VCHS in May 2018.

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