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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Milford Historical Society to Host Annual Holiday Open House December 16-17

The Greater Milford Area Historical Society (GMAHS) will host its Annual Holiday Open House at Promont on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17, 1-4:00 PM each day. The event is free and open to the public. Promont is located at 906 Main Street, Milford, Ohio 45150.

In honor of the Society’s 50th anniversary, this year’s event will debut a totally new holiday theme titled Birds of a Feather. A variety of plumage will turn Promont into a holiday fairyland. The open house will be held on two days to allow more time for visitors to enjoy the unique décor and experience a walk back into Victorian times. Also new to this year’s holiday programming is the introduction of the “Madam of the Manor” – a spectacular holiday décor mannequin raffle item with proceeds benefitting GMAHS programming.

Visitors to the Holiday Open House will also enjoy:
·        Free admission to Promont and an opportunity to enjoy a documented, self-guided tour
·        Impromptu discussions with costumed docents who will be available to answer questions about Promont
·        The opportunity to purchase raffle tickets on the unique “Madam of the Manor” holiday mannequin with the drawing scheduled for 3:30 PM on Sunday, December 17
·        A chance to sign up to win one of two gift baskets featuring selected items from the Promont gift shop
·        A Promont miniature replica FREE with each new GMAHS membership at a $50 level or higher

“The Holiday Open House is a way for us to share Promont with the community while the house is adorned for the holidays,” commented Donna Amann, administrator, Greater Milford Area Historical Society. “The event also provides an opportunity to engage in conversations about our goals and plans for the upcoming year in hopes that more people will become members with active involvement in the Society’s programming.”

Notable 2017 GMAHS programs included:
·        Celebration of the Society’s 50th anniversary:  1967-2017
·        A Victorian Valentine’s Celebration & Art Exhibit
·        Lunch and Learn Series that highlighted a number of historical sites in the Milford and Miami Township area
·        Scholarship award of $500 to Milford student
·        Collectors Club with monthly meetings that feature historical collectibles
·        Afternoon Teas that showcase Promont and provide unique experiences
·        Clermont County Quilt Registry continuation to document quilts made in Clermont County, Ohio prior to 1950; or 19th century quilts brought to the County by relocating families
·        7th Annual Antique and Vintage Quilt Show and Sale featuring some 50 antique, vintage and new quilts, with a collection of those available for sale
·        2nd Annual Thirsty 4 History event hosting over 125 people as part of the Society’s membership and fundraising initiatives
·        12th Annual Art Affaire with over 115 featured artists and approximately 7,500 people in attendance...a significant fundraiser for the Society
·        Receipt of an Ohio Arts Council matching grant award, allowing the Society to expand its Art Affaire community cultural program
·        Nomination and finalist selection for the Society’s Art Affaire committee in the Milford and Miami Township Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Awards Gala
·        GMAHS Little Free Library where you can take a book, leave a book
·        Expansion of the Promont Events venue rental program, allowing the use of the Promont property for weddings, meetings, reunions and other events
·        A three-part cemetery focused lecture series
·        Community historical displays in Milford, Miami Township; and coming December 2017, Victorian Holiday display at Clermont County Administration Building in Batavia

“We try to balance our need for fundraising with activities that focus on history, and we welcome the input of our community,” continued Amann. “ While we are definitely proud of our 2017 accomplishments, we’re always open to new ideas on how GMAHS can be more relevant to you and your family.”

For more information on the Greater Milford Area Historical Society and Promont or how to contact us, please visit or follow GMAHS on Facebook at

About Greater Milford Area Historical Society
The Greater Milford Area Historical Society, Inc. (a 501c3, non-profit) was founded in 1967 with the purpose of emphasizing the history of Milford. A small historic museum was started at 114 Main Street. In 1983, the Society relocated to its present location, Promont, located at 906 Main Street, Milford, Ohio. Promont was the home of John M. Pattison, 43rd Governor of Ohio and the only governor from Clermont County. In addition to improvements to the Museum, the Society has expanded its historical programs and collaborative initiatives in the community; and, also broadened its scope to include Miami Township. The GMAHS is especially proud of its Partners-in-Education programs in the Milford schools, an award winning effort of the Society’s volunteers; the project to record oral histories of local residents; genealogy services; and, its annual Art Affaire, Milford’s premier art and fine craft show. For more information, visit or follow GMAHS on Facebook at

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