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PRESERVING THE PAST. INSPIRING THE FUTURE.

Hancock Historical Museum Announces New Executive Director
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The Hancock Historical Museum Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Sarah Foltz as the organization’s new Executive Director effective Monday, February 5, 2024. Foltz brings a diverse set of skills to the position including a background in leadership, fundraising, hospitality and marketing.

 

Foltz’s professional career has revolved around organizational leadership, community engagement and event planning in Hancock County. Most recently, Foltz served at the helm of Findlay Brewing Company’s philanthropic initiatives, marketing, and taproom operations since 2018. As a leading craft brewery in northwest Ohio known for its collaborative efforts, organizational culture and quality product, Foltz directed over 60 community events and initiatives per year, many of which raised funds for over 25 local and national nonprofit organizations.

 

“I’m incredibly honored to have the opportunity to continue my passion for organizational leadership and community engagement with the cherished Hancock Historical Museum,” said Foltz. “This organization is highly treasured because of the passion and forward-thinking commitment instilled over the years by the organization’s staff, board, and patrons. I’m excited to help elevate the talents of the organization’s driven team and continue the momentum that would make the Museum’s founders and supporters proud.”

A longtime resident of Findlay, Foltz completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in public relations at the University of Findlay. She began her professional career in the nonprofit sector as the Event Director at The Arts Partnership where she directed festivals, concerts, and arts education programs throughout Hancock County. Foltz went on to lead facilities and operations at Alexandria’s multi-level restaurant, bar, and event venue where she broadened her skills in hospitality and operations management. She also served as a marketing specialist for the University of Findlay, where she coordinated marketing for over 60 academic programs.

 

Being no stranger to the Museum, Foltz has served on the Museum’s board of trustees and chaired its marketing and fundraising committee, assisting with the organization’s strategic planning and fundraising initiatives. Since its inauguration, Foltz has played a vital role on the Oktoberfest Findlay! planning committee. This German heritage festival serves as the Museum’s greatest fundraising event and Hancock County’s largest single-day event.

 

In addition to her involvement with the Museum and numerous volunteer positions with local nonprofits, Foltz formerly headed marketing for the Flag City BalloonFest and currently serves on the Findlay-Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.

 

“Community engagement and service has been a priority of mine since I planted roots in Hancock County,” Foltz explained. “We are blessed with a remarkable and giving community and I cannot wait to help celebrate our community’s story in meaningful ways that connects with everyone.”

ABOUT HHM

The Hancock Historical Museum is a privately-funded, nonprofit history museum founded in 1970 by five Findlay residents who wanted to ensure the rich heritage of Hancock County wouldn’t be forgotten with the passage of time. 

Their vision is alive today in vibrant educational programs, dynamic exhibits and successful preservation efforts that honor Hancock County’s past while inspiring its future. Thousands of children and adults tour the museum’s buildings and sites every year to learn more about the community and its contributions to the region. 

Today, the Hancock Historical Museum is the only nonprofit organization preserving and sharing our community’s rich heritage. Without the museum’s efforts, we would lose the stories, buildings, memories and treasures – and the lessons they hold – for future generations. 
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Brown Bag Lecture: “Police Vehicles Through the Decades”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “Police Vehicles Through the Decades”
    Thu, Mar 07
    Mar 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Mar 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “Police Vehicles Through the Decades” presented by Tom Davis.
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  • Classic Movie Night: Casablanca (1942)
    Classic Movie Night: Casablanca (1942)
    Fri, Mar 15
    Mar 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Mar 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Join us for "Casablanca" starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Raines
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  • Eclipse Excitement
    Eclipse Excitement
    Sat, Mar 23
    Mar 23, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Findlay, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Mar 23, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Findlay, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “Four Guys Walk into a Bluffton Bank...”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “Four Guys Walk into a Bluffton Bank...”
    Thu, Apr 04
    Apr 04, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Apr 04, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “Four Guys Walk into a Bluffton Bank...” presented by Fred Steiner.
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  • Victorian Children's Tea: Lavender
    Victorian Children's Tea: Lavender
    Sat, Apr 13
    Apr 13, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Findlay, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Apr 13, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Findlay, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “The Emotional Perspective of Preservation”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “The Emotional Perspective of Preservation”
    Thu, May 02
    May 02, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    May 02, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “The Emotional Perspective of Preservation” presented by Matt Wiederhold.
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  • Classic Movie Night: Laura (1944)
    Classic Movie Night: Laura (1944)
    Fri, May 17
    May 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    May 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Join us for "Laura" starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews.
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education”
    Thu, Jun 06
    Jun 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Jun 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education” presented by Ohio Humanities.
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  • Classic Movie Night: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
    Classic Movie Night: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
    Fri, Jul 19
    Jul 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Jul 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Join us for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" starring James Cagney and Jeanne Cagney.
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “Urban Archaeology”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “Urban Archaeology”
    Thu, Aug 01
    Aug 01, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Aug 01, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “Urban Archaeology” presented by Robert Chidester.
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “Impacting Decades of Volunteering at Blanchard Valley Health System”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “Impacting Decades of Volunteering at Blanchard Valley Health System”
    Thu, Sep 05
    Sep 05, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Sep 05, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “Impacting Decades of Volunteering at Blanchard Valley Health System” presented by Heather Schalk.
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  • Historic Barn Tour
    Historic Barn Tour
    Sat, Sep 07
    Sep 07, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Hancock County, Hancock County, OH, USA
    Sep 07, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Hancock County, Hancock County, OH, USA
    Learn about the history of these unique structures while enjoying the sights, tastes, and sounds of our county’s legacy.
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “Edgar A. Poe's Elusive Search for Home”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “Edgar A. Poe's Elusive Search for Home”
    Thu, Oct 03
    Oct 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Oct 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “Edgar A. Poe's Elusive Search for Home” presented by Joshua Rex.
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  • Spooktacular!
    Spooktacular!
    Sat, Oct 19
    Oct 19, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Oct 19, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enjoy a family-friendly event at HHM! Admission is only $1!
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  • Classic Movie Night: Strangers on a Train (1951)
    Classic Movie Night: Strangers on a Train (1951)
    Fri, Oct 25
    Oct 25, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Oct 25, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Join us for "Strangers on a Train" starring Robert Walker and Farley Granger. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “Next Stop The Twilight Zone: Rod Sterling’s Enduring Television Classic”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “Next Stop The Twilight Zone: Rod Sterling’s Enduring Television Classic”
    Thu, Nov 07
    Nov 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Nov 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “Next Stop The Twilight Zone: Rod Sterling’s Enduring Television Classic” presented by Chuck Coletta.
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  • Brown Bag Lecture: “The Failed History of Drug Enforcement”
    Brown Bag Lecture: “The Failed History of Drug Enforcement”
    Thu, Dec 05
    Dec 05, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Dec 05, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Enlighten your lunch hour! Join us for the “The Failed History of Drug Enforcement” presented by Reginald Routson.
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  • Classic Movie Night: White Christmas (1954)
    Classic Movie Night: White Christmas (1954)
    Fri, Dec 20
    Dec 20, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Dec 20, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
    Join us for "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.
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