Heritage Village Exhibits 2017

 October-April: Exhibit price included when you purchase an "outside-only self-guided tour" of the Village

Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$3 adults, $1 children 5-11, Children under 5 and museum members free
(includes exhibits!)

Coming just to see the exhibits in Hayner House?

If you don't plan to stroll through the village, the "exhibit only" price is $2 for adults, $1 for children 5-11, with children under 5 and museum members free.

We'll open for guided tours that go inside the buildings on May 1st. (Exhibits are included in those prices, too!)

Heritage Village Museum is presenting a First Ladies of Fashion Exhibit that shows replicas of seven gowns worn by former first ladies. The complete collection of 23 gowns was originally commissioned in 1971, and was completed in just three months. The gowns on display at Heritage Village are part of the 14 of them that now belong to the Frankenmuth Historical Association.
The seven gowns currently in the exhibit were chosen to show not only the progression of fashion, but to also showcase the history and achievements of each woman. The exhibit can be viewed now through July 30, 2017.
Some of the first ladies whose gowns are being shown are Martha Washington and Dolley Madison. Both women were known for hosting parties that would set a social standard for years to come. Helen Taft, a native of Cincinnati, also has a gown in the exhibit. She is well known for the creation of the West Potomac National Park in Washington, D.C.
Open now through December 1, 2017

A partnership between Heritage Village Museum and students at Xavier University allows visitors to explore the history of Ohio’s first residents. “Exiled: Ohio’s Indian Removal” explores the Trail of Tears in Ohio. 

A well-known part of American history, Indian Removal evokes memories of Cherokees and other tribes from places like Georgia and Alabama. In truth, tribes from all over the nation, not just the South, were “removed.” Ohio was no exception.  Exiled will focus on the legal, organized, and sometimes violent removal of Ohio’s native people. Through the display of treaties and objects from the 1790’s through the 1840’s, the exhibit recalls the life, culture, and exile of the Shawnee and Wyandot nations. It explores the arguments, among both Native people and white settlers, over whether they could possibly live as neighbors.

The exhibit is a collaborative project planned and executed by undergraduate and graduate students at Xavier University with the assistance of Prof. Jamie Albert of the Art & Visual Communication Department at UC Blue Ash College. It is supported by the Sutphin Family Foundation and Xavier University Mission Animators’ Immigration/Migration initiative.  The exhibit will run through December 1, 2017, and can be seen during Heritage Village Museum’s regular hours and events.
COMING MAY 13, 2017
Art to be auctioned will be on display at Heritage Village Museum until the auction date in May.


Update: Due to low ticket sales, the auction has been cancelled. HOWEVER, visitors may come between 7 and 8 p.m. on Saturday evening to view the paintings meet the artist. (The tours, music, and refreshments have been cancelled.) There is no charge to stop by between 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday evening, May 13.

While the auction is cancelled, the paintings WILL be for sale. Saturday evening (and all next week), they will be available for the low reserve prices. (After that week, some of the paintings will be offered at higher prices--still to benefit Heritage Village Museum.)

On Saturday, May 13, the museum will auction 14 original paintings by Dr. Robert Kroeger that feature the historic nineteenth-century buildings of Heritage Village.

Dr. Robert Kroeger’s career includes a 30-year dental practice and four years in the Navy. Now retired, he paints the history of Ohio using the oil impasto technique (a thick application of oil paint similar to what Rembrandt, Titian, and Vermeer employed). He frames his paintings with reclaimed wood from century-old barns, adding more history to the art.

While on one of his weekly runs through Sharon Woods park, Dr. Kroeger noticed an old barn nestled within a restored nineteenth-century village. After spending the past several years painting historic barns all throughout Ohio, he found himself intrigued with not only another barn to paint, but the village it was a part of as well. After speaking with William Dichtl, Executive Director of Heritage Village Museum, and finding out about the village’s need for funding, Dr. Kroeger proposed an idea.

“I suggested a fundraiser, similar to the ones I'd done in Highland County, and proposed to paint each of the buildings and write a short essay. One of the buildings, a wonderful old school house dating to 1891, has not yet been restored and could use a generous gift to resurrect it.”

You can read more about the artist and the history of his paintings on his website:

The art auction will be held May 13th at Heritage Village Museum. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. The auction benefits Heritage Village Museum.