The purpose of the Southeast Ohio History Center is to collect, preserve and share Southeast Ohio’s unique cultural and natural heritage.


Southeast Ohio History Center will be a trusted leader in preserving our heritage and inspiring in people and communities a greater passion for sharing stories and building our future.


The Athens County Historical Society and Museum values the following:

  • Athens County History
  • Professional quality preservation of Athens County History
  • Providing access to the collection by researchers and the public at large
  • Effective and accurate education about Athens County History
  • Our employees, volunteers, donors, patrons, and community
  • Professionalism in all interactions between people
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Diversity among people without regard for gender, race, place of origin, beliefs, orientation, or physical condition.


  • Be proactive in locating and professionally maintaining and preserving significant artifacts of Athens County History.
  • Maintain an excellent, user-friendly museum of Athens County History.
  • Update and rotate exhibits on a regular basis.
  • Maintain an excellent historical and genealogical library.
  • Be proactive in informing the public at large of significant risk to historical buildings, locations, and/or artifacts and lobby for their preservation if they are salvageable.
  • Increase interest in local history within the schools and the community at large through education and exposure.
  • Provide professional researchers for public use at reasonable costs.
  • Provide excellent value-added services for members.
  • Develop positive relations with the many facets of the communities that comprise Athens County, Ohio.
  • Develop a significant volunteer base.
  • Demonstrate respect and appreciation for volunteers, interns, employees, and others who donate time to the organization.
  • Expand facilities and services over the coming years to accommodate the unfolding history of Athens County, Ohio.
  • Develop significant funding sources to accomplish goals of the organization.
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