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 VERMILION HISTORY MUSEUM AUDIO / VIDEO THEATRE

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Welcome to the VHM Audio / Video Theatre

If you want popcorn you'll have to bring your own.

Over the years I have  - a along with photographs and written histories - recorded and collected both video and audio files

pertaining to the community we know as Vermilion in Ohio. Until now, however, I've not really had a place to share them

with people outside a presentation or two at Vermilion's Ritter Public Library.

Ergo, I finally developed this website.I have a good deal of material, and it takes time to prepare it for this forum.

So if you will return to the page now and then - you will probably find new things along with the old.

I hope you will come to appreciate them. Rich...


George Phillps & Rev. Eppler Stories

George Phillips (b. 1935 - d. 2017)

I captured this video at Ritter Library during a Vermilion Area Archival Society Meeting around 2010 or 11. It's really an interesting piece.

Myrtle Eppler (b. 1915 - d. 2016)

This interview with Rev.Eppler is quite long. The first part is informal small talk. But the entire piece is both interesting and informative.

4 Short Video Clips

Vermilion History Museum Apartment

The First video shows the apartment over the Vermilion News Print Shop as it was being renovated to add to the museum early in 2013.

The additional videos were taken in Vermilion c. 1935

Six Years Later

This 2nd video  shows the same areas appeared six years after we started. This clip was made on October 28, 2019.

The additional videos were taken around Vermilion c. 1935.

They are silent.

Nettie's Stories

Nettie Bogart-Welch

(b. 1917 - d. 2014)

This is an Audio file recorded c. 2005 at the Ritter Library where she did a presentation for the Vermilion Area Archival Society. Nettie was a very interesting person from a very interesting family.

An afternoon With Nancy

Nancy Alice Tarrant-Emery

June 26, 2014

Nancy is the eldest daughter of Wm. & Ella Roscoe-Tarrant.  As a young girl she spent a good deal of time at the family print shop, eventually coming to work there as an adult. She is an entertaining speaker with some entertaining stories

Rev. Louis Bertoni

Autobiography of Rev. Lou

The Reverend Louis Bertoni is undeniably one of Vermilion's more influential personalities of the mid to late 20th century. He is also one of the most intelligent.  His story is an important one  spiritually, socially and historically.

Rich Tarrant Podcast #107

Christmas 2008

This is a nice memory of Christmas in the Tarrant household in the yesteryear. Methinks ye will like it. I hope that all families own such memories.

Building A Church Building

Podcast #103 

From November 21, 2008.

Video documents the building of Vermilion’s

United Church of Christ Congregational Church

It’s a fun and historic slideshow record.


Some Local Personalities

MANY LOCAL PERSONALITIES

This is (from my view) a rare and valuable video c.2010. It showcases short pieces from: Nuggie Cook, Dawn Full, Connie Dropko, Jim Hart, Jim Snell, Lucile Clark,  Roger Watkins, John Tuttle, Genevieve Clark,

Melba Walker, Tootie Reisinger, Bill Summers and Marie Tansey.


VERMILION'S FIRST CHURCH

THE FIRST 200 YEARS

This is a slideshow/video showcasing 200 years in the life of  what is today Vermilion's United Church of Christ Congregational church.  It features text, illustrations and some video. It's an informative document that I initially assembled two or three years ago.  This church, by the way, was the very first one in the area and Vermilion, Ohio.

10-Year-Old Conversation

On September 14, 2009

I had this telephone conversation with Vermilion expatriate Dick Parsons and his wife Jeanne. Dick moved buildings, etc. in Vermilion years ago.  But he has a good deal more to ruminate about. It's an appreciable interview.

This Vermilion Views Podcast #106 done a number of years ago. This one features a reading pertaining to the "Kenton Stone" found south of town in 1937. I can't vouch for the veracity of the material. I'm just the messenger. -rnt...

Rev. James Bidle

Was minister of Vermilion's First Congregational Church from 1956 to 1962.  This is a short clip of an address he made at the 50th Anniversary of the current church building on State Street in 2007.  It's a very entertaining and informative piece.

MUSEUM TOUR #1 - The Print Shop

Come with me on a tour of the downstairs portion of the Vermilion History Museum.

It's a print shop wherein Vermilion's first substantial newspaper was printed

from 1904 to 1964.

And this is just part of the whole museum.

Minor Flooding at the Olympic Outing Club

Late Spring 2019 @ the OOC. The river was high and it had been raining.

The water did go down. But because the water remains so high in the river

flooding seems quite regular.

[Who says there is no global warming????]



The Rhythm Kings

Don't be afraid to click on this part - the video is there. Actually it's an audio file.

The Rhythm Kings  were  Vermilion guys - and I only know two of its members:

Bob Fackler and Jimmy Fischer.

This recording was made c. 1959 or '60. It's a decent demo. But like pro athletics

the stage for stars was and remains limited - so it went nowhere.

But both  sides of the  record are fun to hear.

Enjoy.

THE VHS MARCHING BAND

One of the many things I've been busy with during the last few weeks is using some recording hardware and software. I've made a digital recording of this record of Vermilion's Marching Band c. 1958-59. There are seven pieces on the recording.

Anyone who attended Vermilion Schools and/or their sports events during those years will likely remember Bill Burt's powerful marching bands. And if you look real close you will also remember some of the members of that particular band.

Great stuff.

A Brief History of  Education in Vermilion, Ohio

I gave this as a short presentation at a meeting of the Vermilion Area Archival Society  at Vermilion's Ritter Public Library on February 10, 2020. It is hardly comprehensive. There is a good deal of material to sort through. So this is, again, a "brief history".

I omitted a few things when making this video that were in the original presentation. But by and large (and with the exception of some music added) it is the same.  I hope you like it and learn something from it.


Very early Vermilion History Museum Tour

This video was produced in 2008 when we initially began work cleaning up, repairing and arranging things in the print shop portion of the Museum. At first, we only had the print shop portion of the building to work with. We were just getting started. It's rather interesting. Even I am amazed at how far we've come.

The George Diener Fishing Tournament

November 1, 2008

Cleveland businessman George Diener (1922-2003) was an avid fisherman / sportsman. He lived in Cottage #3 at Vermilion's Olympic Outing Club. Following his death a fishing tourney was held each year in his memory. 

The Vermilion History Museum

This is the first virtual tour of the Vermilion History Museum. This is the living room of the apartment over the print shop. I don't know (right now) if this is going to work. So...

ANOTHER 360° ROOM VIEW IN THE HISTORY  MUSEUM

A LONG TIME AGO THIS WAS THE MASTER BEDROOM IN THE APARTMENT OF THE PRINT SHOP. TODAY IT IS FILLED WITH SCHOOL AND SPORTS ARTIFACTS FROM VERMILION'S YESTERYEAR.

MORE 360° VIDEO

IN THIS VIDeo you'll be looking around another museum room filled with Vermilion artifacts.

See if you can spot the old time radio that came from Hart's Drug Store in the 1920s...

Now & Then

in

Vermilion, O.

Some old and new pix in Vermilion in Ohio. Some at the Vermilion History Museum - some about the town. It's an interesting production.