Established on May 2, 1978, the Norwood Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer based organization. With an average of 60 members, the society’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, publish and educate about the history of Norwood, Ohio. Currently, they have an archive room open by appointment, in the Community Center at 1810 Courtland Ave. It is filled to the brim with documents, pictures and artifacts that have been donated to the society for decades, and they will begin digitally cataloging these items soon.
The City of Norwood is approximately 3.15 square miles, yet it supports a tight knit community of nearly 20,000 people in over 8,000 homes. The majority of Norwood’s homes were built between 1890 and 1930 making it a particularly older stock of housing partly because new home construction is a rarity compared to surrounding cities. The residents appreciate the historic homes and often have a shared interest in learning about their home’s history. The Northwestern portion of Norwood features many Sears ready made homes as it was the last section of Norwood to be built upon in the housing stock. The older sections of Norwood, which is South of the Lateral, contain a mixture of Victorian and Presidential style homes with original stained glass windows and varying character from street to street.
“This is not a place where all the homes look the same. The historic character, over a dozen parks and walkability make this place special.” -Noah Powers III, Esq, City of Norwood Safety-Service Director
Events and Services
Not only will the Society provide history for your home but they will also teach you how to research with presentations for the public called ‘How to Research Your House’ and ‘How to Research Your Roots’ which is about genealogy. Up next will be a big prohibition event in January 2024… stay tuned for details!
- Founded in 1888, Norwood served as the birthplace and home for numerous office, manufacturing, service, and retail businesses.
- The Cincinnati Subway went through Norwood and some tunnels are still there today.
- Norwood has its own (recently upgraded) water system and during the flood of 1937, the city provided aid to Cincinnatians with temporary housing and water.
- The book, Norwood 1940-1979, by Susan Daniels published by Arcadia is available in stores.
- More signage, book and video projects are in the works as the Historical Society continues to interview older Norwood residents, veterans and teachers.
- Norwood is the only participant in Cincinnati’s GoVibrant program that incorporates history into their walking signs.
Ways to Support
You can join the Society for just $15 a year, purchase ornaments, sign up for their monthly newsletter on their Facebook page, or purchase a “’home bundle” for $50 which includes research on your homes’ history, a one year membership, a book, ornament and a history report of your home with photos and documents. Email the Society at email@example.com for more information.
The Norwood Historical Society are members of the Norwood Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Local Historical Alliance, Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati and American Association for State and Local History.