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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


Visit the QHC


Monday through Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 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

Fall Exhibit

Follow the Principles: The Path of a Nonviolent War Resister—Larry Gara, 1922-2019

Sept. 21 through Dec. 17 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION: International Day of Peace (Sept. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.)

Follow the Principles: The Path of a Nonviolent War Resister—Larry Gara, 1922-2019 celebrates the life and work of Wilmington College faculty emeritus, Larry Gara, who served the WC History Department for 40 years from 1962-2002. Gara was a Quaker, a Conscientious Objector, and committed pacifist who lived and acted according to the Wilmington College core principles of peace and social justice.

The exhibit has been carefully researched and planned by the student staff of the Quaker Heritage Center. We were fortunate to have the support student family members in constructing the exhibit. It will complement the Westheimer Peace Symposium on October 5, 2021. The Symposium’s theme this year is nonviolence and social justice.

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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