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"Preserving our Past to Ensure our Future"


Preserving the Past for Crawford County

How Does the Historical Society Benefit Members of the Community Here and Abroad


Discover your familys roots and local heritage


Find facts for academic or personal projects


Save the community's beautiful historic structures


Enjoy the areas historical culture and entertainment

Our Mission

According to our by-laws, the purpose of the Society shall be to preserve and interpret the history of Crawford County for future generations. The means to that in order to accomplish this goal the Society's actions include but not be limited to: 1. collecting and preserving materials deemed historically relevant , most particularly materials which relate to the history of Crawford County 2. making accessible and disseminating to the public its historical resources by such methods as become feasible 3. owning, restoring and preserving real property 4. promoting the county’s heritage through such means as outreach programs and in cooperation with other like-minded entities.

Our Current Preservation Projects

In 2015, the Crawford County Historical Society purchased the Tarr Mansion to save it from demolition. This gorgeous Italianate building was designed by Francis Marion Ellis and paid for with the Tarr Family’s over $2 million (over $35 million in today’s funds) in revenue from the Oil Boom This building stands as a testament to oil’s influence in our region and the nation as a whole. The Tarrs were one of our country’s first oil barons and their 12,000 square-foot mansion will endures the test of time by become the self-sustaining headquarters and center of the historical society. Upon completion of the renovations, this historical structure will house our extensive archive and offices together for the first time in over 135 years while keeping the beauty of Diamond Park in the process! Click the SUPPORT tab for more information.

Follow the Restoration

See photos of the mansion's interior and follow the restoration process.

The Mansion's Operating Fund

Get details on the Tarr Mansion's restoration operating fund program

Pledge Support

Get personally involved with the mansion's restoration by taking the pledge.

Naming Sponsorships

Establish a legacy for you, your family, or your company


Be a Part of History

Explore the many ways you can help preserve your past

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Corporate Sponsorship

Talon Zippers, Spirella Corsetes, Channellock Tools, and more - local industries have built our history and so can your company. Join the list of current businesses that support the society.

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Individual Donors

The philanthropic support of the community has been an on-going civic endeavor since the days of the Huidekopers, Reynolds, and Shryocks. Take a place among them with your contribution to the society.

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Membership Opportunities

The society is a trove of information linking us to our past. Access to the many hidden treasures or our history through a variety of affordable membership options for families, students, and individuals.

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Get in Touch with Us

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