DONATE BUTTONThere are many ways to support the Swiss Community Historical Society: as a member, donor, or volunteer!


A capital campaign is underway to fund a heritage center at the Bixel Rd. property. Individual and corporate donors are invited to support this project with naming privileges available for the building and individual rooms.

The society signed an agreement to purchase a nearby 50×80-foot timber frame barn that was built by Swiss settlers in the 1850s. The barn will be dismantled and then rebuilt and repurposed at the homestead to provide facilities for SCHS events and rentals, K-12 class visits, and artifact displays. (See also Heritage Center Campaign page.)

For more information, contact Julie Stratton at 419-302-0369 or at 

PO Box 5, Bluffton, OH 45817


With your membership you will receive our print newsletter, invitations to “members only” events, and an annual letter, as well as the thanks of our membership, hard working volunteers, and board. If you are not yet a member, we urge you to join:

Household = $30 / by PayPal $30.96
Sustaining = $100 / by PayPal $102.50
Life = $1000 / by PayPal $1022.30

To become a society member or make a donation by check: payable/send to
Swiss Community Historical Society
P.O. Box 5
Bluffton, OH 45817

Electronic payments: 

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



The society is supported by many material donations. We are blessed by members and friends who unselfishly give family treasures to display.


Another great way to support the society is to volunteer as a docent, assist in the garden, or help at one of our events!

Have questions about joining, donating, or volunteering? Send us a message: