Historical Diversions

The Switzerland County Historical Society hosts several "Historical Diversions" each year.  These events revolve around our local history as well as specific time periods.

For example, you can step back 100 years in time when you visit our "Big Doins' Tent Chautauqua" on the museum grounds and hear people like Teddy Roosevelt and James Whitcomb Riley speak to the crowd that has gathered.  Music and local artisans round out this event.

The Rural Heritage Tour offers a glimpse into rural life circa 1850 at the Thiebaud Farmstead and 1815 at Musee de Venoge.  At both venues you can experience trades and lifestyles of the time period, as well as music, dance - and hearth cooked food!  You can also see a haypress in operation at the Thiebaud Farmstead on Saturday, as well as take part in a barn dance later that evening. (Details on the dance forthcoming.)

All Hallows Eve is a family fun event at the Thiebaud Farmstead that gets bigger and better every year.  There are no zombies or ghouls, but folklore , games, the intriguing "Cabinet of Curiosities" and much more.  (Admission)

Experience Christmas festivities during Country Christmas, again at both the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge. The sights, sounds, and smells will delight the youngest to the oldest.

Dates and times are listed below, and at the bottom are links to photos from previous events.  Most of our events are free; however, in order for us to continue to bring these to the public for free and to continue to improve the experience, donations are graciously accepted.

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Big Doins' Tent Chautauqua & Art Fair

Opening night, July 20, 2018, featuring Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater
July 21, 2018
10 am ~ 5 pm.
Old-fashioned tent Chautauqua with music and entertainment c. 1918, and local artisans on the museum grounds.

Rural Heritage Tour

Oct 6, 2018
10 am ~ 5 pm
Oct 7, 2018
12 pm ~ 5 pm
Visit the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge and experience hearth cooking, heirloom gardens, period music, period trades, and haypress demonstration at the Thiebaud Farmstead.

All Hallows Eve

Oct 19 & 20, 2018
6 ~ 9 pm
1800s Halloween at the Thiebaud Farmstead with fun and games for the entire family.
$3/person or $10/5 persons

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Country Christmas

Dec 8, 2018
10 am ~ 4 pm
Truly a special day at the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge where Christmases of the past are warmly celebrated.


from past Chautauqua events


from past Rural Heritage Tours


from past All Hallows Eve


from past Country Christmas events

Hands on Workshops

Each year, in conjunction with Musee de Venoge, we offer several different workshops with a historical aspect.  These workshops fill up quickly as space is limited.   Click here to see photos from some of the previous workshops.


Contact the museum for more information or to sign up for the workshops.