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Quaker Heritage Center

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center is a facility dedicated to celebrating the local, regional and national history of the Religious Society of Friends and is located at Wilmington College. The center features 1,261 square feet of display areas, and a traditional Quaker meeting­house. The Quaker Heritage Center celebrates the history of the Religious Society of Friends who settled in southwest Ohio, as well as their contributions to America and its culture. Quakers have a long history of activism on issues such as peacemaking, civil rights, racism and social justice. Visiting exhibits and speakers are just part of the experience. Our exhibits, programs, and special events help our students, faculty, staff, and community members to better understand what we mean when we say Wilmington is a Quaker college.


  • Permanent Exhibit: Friends in Southwest Ohio, highlighting Quaker contributions to American history
  • The QHC Gallery: hosts multiple exhibits throughout the year
  • T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse: an 1840s-style, traditional Quaker Meetinghouse


Monday through Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Or by appointment


Boyd Cultural Arts Center (Wilmington College) At the intersection of College Street and Douglas Street Wilmington, Ohio Map & Directions School and group tours are available. For more information, contact Director Tanya Maus at 937.481.2371 or

Spring 2024 Exhibit

"Life Stories: Women Serving Long and Life Sentences at the Ohio Reformatory"

“In December 2021, We Amplify Voices (WAV) started a six-month oral histories project that features two groups of women serving life or long sentences at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). These stories are powerful and moving, and they offer a unique glimpse into the lives of women who are often disregarded. They talk about their childhoods, their families, their crimes, and their hopes for the future. They also share the challenges of life in prison and the importance of community. We hope these stories will help to break down stereotypes about women in prison and remind the world that they are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. We are grateful to the women who shared their stories, and we hope that you will listen to them with an open heart.” 

Weekdays through May 8 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Support The QHC

Donate Artifacts

The Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College collects items associated with or manufactured by individual Friends or Quaker families from the Miami Valley/Southwest Ohio/Wilmington Yearly Meeting region. Items for the collections are also subject to the following criteria: state of preservation, degree of rarity, representativeness of Quaker culture, aesthetic merit, associations with Wilmington College, representativeness of the outstanding activeness of prominent Friend. For more information, contact Director Tanya Maus at 937.481.2371 or

Make a Financial Gift

Your financial support allows us to develop thought-provoking exhibits, provide quality educational programming for children and adults, and care for the collections that tell the story of Quakers and Quakerism in our region. Simply type "Quaker Heritage Center" into the designation box of our WC giving form.

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