Have you ever unexpectedly discovered a box of old family photographs or letters and found yourself swept away into the world of long ago? Then you would enjoy a visit to the Terrace Park Historical Society’s Archive Room. The following are some of the treasures you will find in our archives:
- The scrapbooks and posts produced by Stan Miller, village clerk for 20 years, that begin in 1961 and serve as a time capsule for this window of time.
- Maps from many different eras that show original property lines and subdivisions, charting the many stages of Terrace Park’s growth. Over the years, architectural plans and photos of a great many of the village historic homes have been collected and saved - perhaps your home is one of them.
- Railroad enthusiasts will find a wealth of information about the little Miami Railroad that was once a vital connection between Terrace Park and the wider world and is now a link in the Rails to Trails Conservancy pathways.
- Postcards, photos, uniforms and even training manuals remind us of the Terrace Park residents who served their country during World War II.
- Terrace Park High School yearbooks and photos dating from the 1930’s, show the changes in fashions and sports attire over the last eighty years.
- Copies of our neighborhood newspaper, the Village Views dating from 1969 document the many changes in the life of our village. For long-time residents, the photos will bring back memories of neighborhood activities: the lighting of the Christmas tree, the Pancake Supper, and the Labor Day Parade, to name a few.
- Marriage records and obituaries have been collected by many volunteers over the years, and genealogy researchers from all over the country have used this information as a resource.
- For Robinson Circus fans, there is a large collection of pictures and stories about every aspect of the famous Terrace Park circus, including photos of many of the performers and animal trainers.
This effort to maintain a sense of continuity with our past is one of the distinguishing features of our community. Unlike many newer residential neighborhoods, Terrace Park preserves many traditions that extend back into time and span multiple generations. Perhaps that is one reason that people who lived here as children frequently return to raise their own families. We would like to invite you to come by and visit, or better yet, stay and help us take care of this wonderful resource for future generations to enjoy and develop.