About the Upper Arlington Historical Society
Our mission: As chief stewards of Upper Arlington’s history, our purpose is to discover, preserve and celebrate our heritage, both within the UA community and beyond, in an ongoing and sustainable way.
Founded in 1976 as a not-for-profit volunteer organization, the Society collects archival materials, shares historical information, conducts educational programs, sponsors commemorative activities, promotes historic preservation, and serves as a community resource.
We discover and preserve UA history. We work with residents and organizations to collect artifacts, record histories, and document important events in the community so that they can be preserved in the Society's archives. We promote historic preservation and work to preserve the community's place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our members are also involved in informative and meaningful community activities. We promote and share UA history with residents, students, community groups and others through walking, trolley, and historic home tours; displays, special events, school programs, and other educational efforts. We honor and memorialize important people, places and events in the community's history through our annual Wall of Honor program and other commemorative activities.
The Society continuously strives to improve our services and programs. We're growing our membership while working to better serve our current members. Our community relations efforts include producing publications like the Society's newsletter and website, coordinating special events, and working with other local organizations. We're engaged in fundraising efforts to generate additional financial support for our programs and preservation activities.
We enjoy a unique partnership with the Upper Arlington Public Library, which provides display spaces and archive storage. In addition, the Library has digitized the Society's materials and made them available through the UA Archives online collections.