History of the Society

Established May, 1974

The first annual meeting of the infant Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society was held at the Grandview Library on September 18th, 1974. The constitution and bylaws were written the previous May, establishing the new Society (they were updated most recently in 2012). The first board of trustees was elected, consisting of Win Keller, Ann Larrick, Virginia Abbot, Dirk Voelker and Joseph Wyman. Jack Snyder, chairman of the library board, offered a place in the library for meetings and storage of memorabilia.

Credit for the concept of a local historical society goes to a conversation between Ann Larrick and Win Keller in Win's kitchen sometime in 1973. Their inspiration came from the research into Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff history by Mrs. Amelia Muhlbach and Miss Becky Laycock, teachers at Edison Elementary School, who were involving their students in programs designed to develop knowledge and appreciation of their heritage of local history.

The timing of the society's beginning was fortuitous. Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society rode the wave of interest in the national bicentennial of 1976. The Society's first major project was the publication of Sheltering a Heritage, a history of local homes built before about 1912, which was reprinted in 1999.


Historical Society Articles

articles related to the history of the region

History of the Municipal Building

history of grandview schools

Grandview Reminiscences

Frank Packard

Grandview Bank Block

Decorator's Showcase - 1087 Lincoln

toephner mound

R.L. Stevenson Scrapbook


Projects of the Historical Society

Information and artifacts from the collections of the society

moment in time

short stories of the region

In cooperation with the ThisWeek Grandview newspaper, the weekly Moment in Time features local historical highlights and images.

publications of the society

books and pamphlets

The Historical Societ has published several books and pamphlets that are available to interested parties.

Society Newsletter


The Viewpoints newsletter is an occasional publication of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society. It comes out approximately quarterly.

Grandview Timeline

a dynamic and interactive timeline

The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society and the Grandview Heights Public Library have partnered to give you history to enjoy — at your fingertips as you scroll through time on your mobile device or computer.

"walking" tour

an interactive map

Follow pathways on the map of the community to discover details about buildings, homes, people and events

Tour of homes

Traditionally held as a Mother's Day event, this program features 4 or 5 homes every third year that are open for residents to view.


Northwest boulevard company

company advertisements

The Northwest Boulevard Company was founded by King and Ben Thompson to sell development sites along NW Blvd. These are advertisements for residential lots for sale near Grandview. Ben Thompson was president of the company and his brother, King, was secretary.

Who's who in grandview

pages from the norwester

The Norwester magazine was published monthly from November 1917 through March 1922, chronicling early suburban life in the Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, and Marble Cliff areas. It included a page titled "Who's Who", featuring prominent residents. This is a sampling of that collection, from 1918 to 1921 magazines.


historical society resources

Several large files can be downloaded to your computer or viewed in your browser


Talks and lectures

Presentations and talks by Historical Society Board trustees are included here.

New Life members

List to be updated soon!


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