Auglaize County Historical Society offering ‘Following the Donner Party’


Auglaize County Historical Society “Following the Donner Party”: 2 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 14127 Moulton-New Knoxville Road, Wapakoneta.

WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County Historical Society will host “Following the Donner Party” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 14127 Moulton-New Knoxville Road, Wapakoneta.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Courtesy of Auglaize County Historical Society:

Take a trip back in time with local historian and former ACHS president Chandra Hoffman as she shares her summer adventure following the route of the Donner Party. Discover the harrowing story of emigrants snowbound in the Sierra Nevada for months in 1846 and their struggles to survive. In the process, we’ll all learn about how to plan a great heritage tourism vacation!

Chandra Hoffman describers herself as “a retired teacher who loves historical travel, a ‘rut nut’ who enjoys reading emigrant books and diaries and following their trails westward.”

States Auglaize County Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber, “Chandra is a great historian, and methodically planned out this trip to learn as much as she could about the infamous tale of the Donner Party. Many of us followed Chan’s Facebook posts, enjoying last year’s trip vicariously with Chan and her husband Bob. We’re excited to present a bit of summer vacation here in the middle of our Ohio winter.”

Founded in 1963, the Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County, enriching lives by connecting people and communities to the past and to each other.

For more information about this event or the Auglaize County Historical Society, please contact auglaizecountyhistory@bright.net or 419/738-9328. The Auglaize County Historical Society is also on Facebook.

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Auglaize County Historical Society “Following the Donner Party”: 2 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 14127 Moulton-New Knoxville Road, Wapakoneta.

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