Archive for April, 2012

The Village is (kind of) Famous!

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KICKS Ministry arrived at the Village on Friday to begin filming for The Light of Freedom. This historically inspired period drama focuses on the unsung heroes of the Civil War- the heroes of the Underground Railroad, who brought the “Light of Freedom”. Such people like Bishop William Hanby, Rev. John Rankin, John Parker, and others whose lives and stories demonstrate great courage and bring a wealth of history and inspiration.

The film will focus on these heros and the efffect the Civil War had on them; from the conductors, their families and their stations, to the brave families of slaves striving to cross the Ohio River, “The Light of Freedom” brings an intriguing story.

KICKS will be at the Village for two weeks using the interior and exterior of several of the buildings.

For more information on KICKS Ministry or the film visit their websites,

Colonial Dames Event a Huge Success

On a cloudy and cool Sunday afternoon over 150 people attended an ice cream social held at theHeritage Village Museum.  This special event, hosted by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Ohio, was a success and raised almost $5000 for HSO and The Kemper House which is owned by the Dames. 

Making the event a success was the Dixieland band “Dudley Taft & Friends” providing music on the front porch of the Hayner House which could be heard throughout the Village.  Several volunteers staffed buildings to tour and a wagon ride carried guests through the Village while children of all ages took a turn at rolling a hoop or playing with the cup and ball. 

Special thanks go to all the Colonial Dames, volunteers, board members, and staff who helped make the day a great one! 


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Only One Week Away!

Next Wednesday, May 2nd, brings two exciting openings for the Heritage Village. It is the official opening of our Villlage for touring this year, as well as the opening of a new exhibit, Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times.

This exhibit, brought to us by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, examines Abraham Lincoln’s life, accomplishments, and legacy. Visitors will be taken beyond the public images of Lincoln to focus on the evolution of his beliefs and his impact on the nation. The exhibit traces Lincoln’s path from a self-educated, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, to the president who guided a divided nation through the crises of slavery, secession and Civil War.

The exhibit, along with the Village, will be open from 10am-5pm Wednesday through Saturday; and 1-5pm on Sundays.

Admission to the exhibit is $2 per person (a Village tour can be added for $3 more a person), and free to members.

Drive on over for our Model A “Drive In”

The Village will be officially open for touring next Wednesday, May 2nd. To celebrate our 2012 opening we will host our Model A “Drive In” on Saturday, May 5th. The event will feature Model A’s available for guests to explore (questions are encouraged!), and the Village itself will be open for touring.

In addition, our two vintage base ball teams, The 1869 Red Stockings and the Cincinnati Buckeyes, will be playing for the enjoyment of our visitors. See base ball as it was played in its early days!

This event will take place from 10am- 3 pm on Saturday, May 5th.


  • $5.00 for adults
  • $3.00 for children 5-11
  • No charge for children 4 and younger or Museum members

Base Ball Fans Get Ready!

If you like watching baseball, you’re sure to enjoy taking in a vintage base ball (two words in the olden days) game at the Heritage Village Museum.  We are proud to be the home of two vintage base ball teams, the 1869 Redstockings and the Cincinnati Buckeyes! Teams play wearing authentic uniforms, using authentic equipment, and playing by the rules and customs of the day.

The Reds might be playing already, but Opening Day here at the Village is coming up soon. On Sunday, April 29 our two home teams will play their first game of the season! Come out and enjoy the free entertainment and experience base ball as fans did when it was first played.

Cincinnati Buckeyes play at 1:00pm

1869 Redstockings play at 3:00pm

Coming Soon: Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Moment

Coming Soon: Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Moment.

Coming Soon: Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Moment

Wednesday, April 25th brings the first of this year’s enlightening evening programs. Ride the rails with Lincoln as he travels to Gettysburg, completes his famous Gettysburg Address, and then delivers one of the most admired speeches in American History.

 Professor Martin P Johnson, Assistant Professor of History at Miami University Hamilton, will be our guide as we look into  the mysterious and controversial story of the speech that changed the course of the Civil War and transformed our vision of ourselves.

This program will take place on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00pm in the Hayner House Ballroom. It is FREE to the public.

First Ladies Programs

Vintage Base Ball at the Village

On a few selected weekends from May through September you can see base ball (2 words in the nineteenth century) as it was played in 1869. The Cincinnati Red Stockings and Cincinnati Buckeyes re-create the game wearing authentic uniforms, using authentic equipment, and playing by the rules and customs of the day.

Both teams play their home games at Heritage Village Museum ( and are members of the Vintage Base Ball Association (, a national organization of approximately 70 teams whose mission is to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the game of base ball as it was played in its formative years, primarily the 1860’s. The Red Stockings and Buckeyes have been in existence since 2000, and each team plays approximately 40 games a year at venues throughout the Midwest and East from Minnesota to Connecticut, including an annual 3 inning exhibition at Great American Ballpark.

There are about 35 club members, ranging in age from 20’s to 60’s. The club supports itself by dues from the members. The players pay all of their own travel expenses, and buy their own uniforms. The uniforms are custom made, as close as possible to the specifications of the 1860’s clubs. The ball is made to the specifications of the day, a little larger than a modern baseball, and about the same weight.

The players are playing strictly for the love of the game, and are always anxious to answer questions about the rules or customs. It is not unusual to see players pitching to young spectators, trying a wooden bat for the first time, after the game.

Every year the club hosts the Queen City Vintage Base Ball Festival, a six team event played on the second Saturday of June (the 9th this year) at the Heritage Village Museum. Each team plays three games, but there is no champion. It is played strictly for the fun of playing the game, and to celebrate the great game of base ball, as it was played in its early years.

At the vintage game you will see gentlemanly conduct from the players (sometimes called “ballists”). Both teams will introduce themselves to the spectators before the game, and will formally congratulate each other after the game. You may see both teams shout “Huzzah” for a fine defensive play by a fielder. You may see the umpire ask a spectator, or even a player, for assistance in making a close call. You will not see players wearing gloves, they had not become popular yet.

Bases are 90 feet apart, just like today. Pitching is underhand, the pitcher stands between two 6 foot wide lines 45 feet and 51 feet from the home base. The “striker” (batter) must stand astride a line drawn through home base, and he is not permitted to over run first base. The catcher stands back and catches the ball on a bound. Balls and strikes are called only after an appropriate warning by the umpire, if a pitcher or striker is delaying the game. A foul ball is not a strike, but a foul ball caught on one bound is an out. Ballists may be heard to inspire each other by shouting “strike well” (get a hit), or “leg it” (run hard), or “good ginger” (smart play or good effort). Players may be fined for spitting, cursing, or any other ungentlemanly conduct.

For full schedules and more information see