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.
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.
VCHS's Board of Directors
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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
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.