Heritage Center Campaign


Community to transform 1850s barn as Heritage Center

The Swiss Community Historical Society is inviting individuals, groups, and corporations to join in a modern-day barn raising. We are purchasing a 50×80-foot timber frame barn built by Swiss settlers in the 1850s to repurpose as a Heritage Center at the Schumacher Homestead, 8350 Bixel Rd.

Barn Raising BW letter

The barn will be dismantled and then rebuilt at the Schumacher Homestead to provide heated and air-conditioned facilities for SCHS events, family reunions, K-12 class visits, and artifact displays. Rooms will include a large event space, catering service room, office, classroom, and public restrooms. The facility will allow for longer visits during tours and events, and eliminate weather restrictions on scheduling.

The repurposed building will feature the massive timbers used to frame the Swiss-style barn and details such as a large hay rack and Dutch doors.

With your help, we will create an important community resource for northwest Ohio. Contact the capital campaign project manager for information packets or to schedule a meeting.

Project Manager: Julie Stratton

419-302-0369, swisshistoricalcampaign@gmail.com

Checks payable/send to:

Swiss Community Historical Society, PO Box 5, Bluffton, OH 45817

Electronic payments: 

PayPal 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction for this 501(c)(3) charity


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