Independence Day – Bicentennial Style

This year’s Independence Day celebration in Shelby County will be one to remember for years to come. Planned activities include a concert at Sidney High School performed by the Sidney Civic Bank and a fireworks display like no other in our community. Make plans to attend this celebration of our country’s independence and the 200th birthday of Shelby County.

Fireworks rain date July 5th.

Sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies, Buckeye Ford, S & S Hospitality, Goffena Furniture, NK Telco, and Wilson Health.


Bicentennial Kick-Off

Make plans to attend the celebration of Shelby County’s 200th birthday! The evening will include remarks by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and a performance by the Shelby County Bicentennial Choir.

Free Admission, however TICKETS ARE REQUIRED and seating is limited.

To order tickets, please email Mike Barhorst at mbarhorst@sidneyoh.com.  Tickets are limited to two per order. All requests for tickets should include your name, address, and phone number.

Sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies.


Hardin – Shelby County’s First County Seat

Hardin was the first County Seat in Shelby County and held that distinction from 1819-1820. The local Courts and Sheriff’s office were empowered at that time and a post office was created in 1820. In celebration of Shelby County’s Bicentennial, the Shelby County Commissioners will describe events that were included in the formation of the County and the Sheriff’s office will lead an activity as well representing their historical presence in the County. The day will also offer live music by local performers and a Classic Car Cruise-In at nearby Purpose Driven Motors.

Musical entertainment includes the Hardin-Houston Local Elementary School Choir at 11:00 a.m. followed at noon by the Sidney based musical quartet known as Stratford Strings. Stratford Strings will be followed at 1:00 p.m. by the Irish Strings from Sidney and then, at 2:00 p.m., the St. John’s Bells from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney will perform. At 3:00 p.m., attendees will be entertained by Stephanie and Jonathan Hale. The final musical performance will be provided by well-known performer Timmy G who will take the stage at 4:00 p.m. and round out the entertainment portion of the day.

Concurrent with this event, the Shelby County Historical Society has organized a antique quilt exhibit at the Hardin Methodist Church and is collaborating with the Gateway Arts Council to host an art show themed “Shelby County” featuring the work from Shelby County area students and adults. Video presentations including Gateway Arts Council’s Images From the Land and Moving A Nation will also be on display.

Sponsored by Emerson Wagner Realty Co. Inc., Steve and Rosemary Knouff, Roy & Carol Morelock, Purpose Driven Motors, and the Shelby County Republican Party.


Lecture Series: Bicentennial Salute to Shelby County Veterans

Presenters Rich Wallace and Jim Hall will share stories about Shelby County Soldiers.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Shelby County Ohio, the Shelby County Historical Society has prepared a series of interesting presentations tracing the history and significance of the county and its citizens.

Sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker


Lecture Series: Rumley: An African American Pioneer Community in Frontier Shelby County

With the removal of Native Americans after 1830 from the area north of the Greenville Treaty Line, settlers rushed to claim the rich lands of northern Shelby County. Among these were the African American pioneers who established Rumley, a thriving farming community. From its founding in 1837 through the 1880s, Rumley served as a major stop for travelers on the post road northward and a haven for hundreds of African American citizens from the slave south. Although Rumley is gone, its influence continues. Dr. Roy E. Finkenbine from Anna, Ohio will lead this presentation. Dr. Finkenbine is Professor of History and department Co-Chair at University of Detroit Mercy and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive.

Sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker


Lecture Series: Lois and Anna: An Author Grows Up

Presenter Bobbie Malone will cover her lifelong interest in author Lois Lenski and her work; the significance of her Anna Years, her career challenges & highlights; and the evolution of Malone’s own work in directions that reading Lenski’s books may have unconsciously inspired.

Bobbie will be accompanied by her husband, Bill Malone, who is a prominent historian of country music and host of a weekly radio program, “Back to the Country.” He is co-author of the definitive history of country music, “Country Music,” now celebrating it 50th anniversary in print in a completely revised edition

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Shelby County Ohio, the Shelby County Historical Society has prepared a series of interesting presentations tracing the history and significance of the county and its citizens.

Sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker


Lecture Series: The Role of Transportation in Shelby County History

Presented by Scott Trostle.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Shelby County Ohio, the Shelby County Historical Society has prepared a series of interesting presentations tracing the history and significance of the county and its citizens.

Sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker


Lecture Series: A Bicentennial Retrospective: Why We Are Who We Are

Presented by Rich Wallace.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Shelby County Ohio,  the Shelby County Historical Society has prepared a series of interesting presentations tracing the history and significance of the county and its citizens.

Sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker


Jackson Center Community Days

Weekend activities includes a Car, Bike & Truck Show, street carnival, live bands, plenty of great food, games, kiddie rides, a parade, and more. JC Community Days is a weekend of family fun you don’t want to miss!