Our Mission Statement…

Historic Southwest Ohio brings history alive,
focusing on life in the late 1700s through the late 1800s.

History

Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of 19th century life. Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. operates Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods Park. Heritage Village is a recreated 1800s community featuring 13 historic buildings that were saved from destruction and moved to their current location.

Our Staff

William J. Dichtl

William J. Dichtl

Executive Director

Bill has been the Executive Director of Heritage Village Museum & Educational Center since April 2011. He has an extensive background in museum management. Bill was the Director of the Ohio County Historical Society in Rising Sun, IN from 2000 to 2011, where he received the 2006 Educator of the Year award from the Rising Sun/Ohio County Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He served as the Assistant Curator of Education, Curator of Exhibits, and Site Manager of the Fowler House for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association in Lafayette, IN from 1986 to 2000.

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s degree in history from Northeastern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University.

Bill is a member of Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati, as well as, Historic Southwest Ohio. He volunteers in the nursery at church and for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County. Bill enjoys traveling the United States, reading, walking, working in the yard, working on his model trains (N, HO, & O scales), and rooting for Purdue basketball and the Chicago Cubs. Bill’s love of baseball isn’t limited to watching the Cubs; he has played 1869 Vintage Base Ball for ten years. Bill lives in Fairfield with his wife Julie and their children, Lauren and Zachary.

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Steve Preston

Steve Preston

Education Director

Steve has been the Educational Director at Heritage Village Museum & Educational Center since 2012. He is responsible for creating quality educational programming and uses his historical research to bring historical figures to life through first-person interpretation. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and education from Manchester College and a master’s degree in public history from Northern Kentucky University. He is a frequent contributing columnist to the Northern Kentucky Tribune’s “Our Rich History” section. When he’s not sharing his love of history, he’s playing catch with his son or taking in a Cincinnati Reds game. He also enjoys music and taking trips with his family.

 

Bethany Jewell

Bethany Jewell

Marketing Director

Bethany joined Heritage Village Museum & Educational Center in April 2018. She has worked in the airline industry where she developed computer-based training modules for pilots as a Courseware Developer and edited manuals as a Technical Writer. She has also worked in video production for a multimedia company.

Bethany earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with minors in French and film studies from Miami University. She spent a semester studying abroad at the Miami University Dolibois European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg and created a winning ad campaign as part of the Laws, Hall and Associates summer marketing program at Regents College in London, England.

Bethany volunteers at her daughters’ school and is a Girl Scout leader. She has also volunteered her time doing publicity and organizing creative activities for MOPS, an organization for mothers of preschoolers. Bethany enjoys going to parks, historical sites, and events with her family. She loves to travel and would like to visit all 50 states and as many countries as possible. She also enjoys reading, music, and teaching Zumba. Bethany lives in Symmes Township with her husband Vic and their two daughters.

Lydia Rose Christopher

Lydia Rose Christopher

Director of Volunteer Services

Lydia joined Heritage Village Museum & Educational Center in April 2018. Lydia is currently in her senior year at the University of Cincinnati, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history with minors in psychology. She was awarded UC Blue Ash’s Department of History, Philosophy & Political Science Student of the Year 2018, was a finalist for UC Blue Ash Student of the Year 2018 and won Best Individual Oral Presentation at UC Blue Ash’s Mediated Minds 2018 Undergraduate Research Conference. She won the highest award possible (Maintaining the Flame) for her work on the UC chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta’s 2018 annual scrapbook. She has worked as a Tutor at UC Writing Skills Center and is working on a new app called PlunkMe. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Lydia volunteers at the Freestore Foodbank whenever she gets a chance. She enjoys reading, writing and gardening. Lydia loves to travel and has been to Italy, Austrian, Germany, France, Switzerland, Scotland, England and Wales in the last two years. Lydia lives with her parents and younger brother just up the road from Heritage Village in West Chester.

Board of Directors

Rob Carter, President  |  Marshall Tucker, Vice President  |  Wayne Purintun, Secretary  |  Rick Cribbets, Great Parks Liaison
Hayley Solomon, Jr. Volunteer   Sonya Kirkland  |  Carol Muntz  |  Bill Parrish   Yvonne Reissig  |  Pat Rodriguez

Robert Q. Carter

Robert Q. Carter

Director since 2011

Mr. Carter retired from the Chevron Corporation as Vice President Of Arabian Chevron, Inc.

Current Positions: Mr. Carter serves on the Executive Committee of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. He serves as Chair of the Fundraising Committee and on the Marketing Committee of Heritage Village Museum. He chairs Harvest Fest, a yearly program at the Village. He is a member of the Greater Milford Area Historical Society and a Meals-On-Wheels volunteer for Clermont Senior Services. Mr. Carter volunteers as a Local Coordinator, as an Instructor, and Tax Preparer for AARP Tax Preparation for the Elderly. He volunteers as an Instructor for AARP Driver Safety Training.

Qualifications/Experience: Mr. Carter has been an educator at South Plains College, Texas Technological University and the University of Illinois. At Chevron Mr. Carter held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management. Mr. Carter who spent more than 10 years in each Latin America and the Middle East has executive-level experience in international business and significant experience dealing with domestic and international management at all levels in the oil industry. He is multi-lingual.

Education: Mr. Carter holds a BA and MA from Texas Technological University, PhD from University of Illinois, MBA course work from New York University, and extensive training and development from Chevron University.

Roxann H. Diffenbach

Roxann H. Diffenbach

Director since 2010

Ms. Diffenbach is a practicing attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has practiced since 1978.

Current Positions: Ms. Diffenbach serves on the Board of Directors of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. She is a member of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio and serves on their Board of Trustees as the representative to their National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Board of the Glendale Preservation Society. She is the current President of the Creekwood Condominium Association.

Qualifications/Experience: Ms. Diffenbach has served multiple tenures as a Director on the Heritage Village Board. She brings extensive knowledge of trial practice and practice in the areas of Domestic Relations Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Probate Law. With over 30 years’ experience in law practice, Ms. Diffenbach brings leadership and understanding of professional ethics, business governance and people-to-people interactions.

Education: Ms. Diffenbach has a BA from Goucher College, an MA from the University of Cincinnati in Political Science and a Juris Doctor Degree from The Salmon P. Chase School of Law.

Dr. Wayne Purintun

Dr. Wayne Purintun

Director since 2009

Dr. Purintun is retired from active pastorates after more than 45 years in the ministry.

Current Positions: Dr. Purintun serves as President of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. In retirement he continues to do spiritual direction and consultation.

Other Directorships/Experience: Dr. Purintun served pastorates in Montana, Minnesota and Ohio. He served as the Associate Executive for the Presbytery of Cincinnati and as Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Minnesota Valley.

Qualifications/Experience: Dr. Purintun brings to the Board extensive knowledge of human interactions, senior executive-level understanding of leadership roles and expertise with associations and councils that formulate plans, budgets and membership development. His many years in the ministry equip him to lead and guide Heritage Village according to the highest professional standards for the preservation of the historic structure, the care of the collections and the presentation of exhibitions and programs.

Education: Dr. Purintun has a BA degree from Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota, and a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California and a Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

E. Marshall Tucker

E. Marshall Tucker

Director since 2009

Ms. E. Marshall Tucker is semi-retired

Current Positions: Marshall Tucker serves as Second Vice-President of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. She serves on several non-profit Boards in Cincinnati, Ohio, has served as President of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Ohio, as well as on the National Finance Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. She has served on the Board of a publicly traded California Manufacturer of computer systems.

Qualifications/Experience: Marshall Tucker has experience as an elementary school teacher. Ms. Tucker brings to the Board experience in semiconductor/micro computer subsystems sales, inventory control and expertise in bookkeeping and account management. She has extensive knowledge and understanding of electronic component sales, an industry in which spent over 25 years. Her involvement with various non-profit organization, her managerial acumen and executive-level understanding of business serve her well in guiding the future of Heritage Village.

Education: Ms. Tucker has a BA from Hollins College in American History and an MBA in Marketing from Xavier University.

Yvonne Reissig

Yvonne Reissig

Board Member

Yvonne has been a Montessori teacher at Mercy Montessori Center for 34 years. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Crane School of Music Potsdam College in Potsdam, New York and a Masters of Education from Xavier University.

Yvonne is Early Childhood and K-3 state certified. She has been Adjunct Faculty at Xavier University’s Montessori Teacher Education Program and is a member of the Cincinnati Montessori Society. When she’s not helping to shape young minds, Yvonne enjoys boating and Dancefix classes. She enjoys boating so much that she lived on a boat for 8 years! Yvonne currently lives in Mt. Lookout… in a house.

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