On Saturday, June 24, 2023, The Knox County Historical Society hosted the second induction class for the Knox County Sports Hall of Fame. About 80 family members and friends of the inductees attended the afternoon ceremony followed by a social hour, with much discussion of shared experiences and career highlights. An additional program honoring all past and present inductees is being scheduled for the general public later this year. The eight current inductees are:
The Knox County Historical Society will be celebrating a major milestone over the next year or so as we mark our 75th year of "increasing, interpreting and preserving the history of Knox County."
It was on October 22, 1941, that a group of eight persons gathered at the home of M. Curtis Kinney to discuss the possibility of forming an historical society for Knox County. Others present were Charles V. Critchfield, Mrs. S. R. Gottshall, Henry C. Devin, Mrs. Raul Cole, Frederick N. Lorey, Clinton N. Williams and Ralph Headington. During the evening it was decided to form such a society, and Mr. Critchfield was elected temporary chairman, with Mr. Headington as secretary.
November 2nd, 2019, was a special day at the Museum as we officially unveiled our newest exhibit, entitled "Knox County Sports History and Hall of Fame." The idea was suggested nearly a year ago by KCHS Trustee, Phillip Houbler, who has been a longtime supporter of area sports teams as well as a personal friend of many of Ohio's outstanding athletes.
Our Museum collections include both stories and artifacts about a wide variety of area athletic achievements in public and private schools and colleges as well as little league baseball, semi-pro basketball, golf championships, cycling, etc. Photographs and printed material provided the basis for creating an exhibit that would pay tribute to more than a century of noteworthy achievements in these and other sports.