Sauder Village offers new exhibits

New exhibits will highlight Sauder Village’s 2016 season.

New exhibits will highlight Sauder Village’s 2016 season.

Sauder Village opens Tuesday, April 26, with new themed exhibits that allow guests an interactive opportunity to learn about the Sauder companies, the Great Black Swamp, agriculture, and the Archbold community.

“2016 promises to be a big year at Sauder Village, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic village with new exhibits, events, and special anniversary activities,” said Jeanette Smith, director of sales and marketing.

With the Museum Building closed for much of the 2015 season due to flooding, guests can now view updates of Ohio history. Support from donors have allowed major renovations.

In the first gallery, guests can learn more about Erie Sauder and the Sauder companies with new artifacts and photos on display, and an interactive video kiosk. Next, guests can explore agriculture in Ohio with an expanded “Grain: From Field to Flour” display and “Agriculture: It’s All Around Us,” a new exhibit addressing the role agriculture plays in providing food, clothing, and shelter.

The “Great Black Swamp” gallery is a multi-faceted display that looks at the natural environment of northwest Ohio, how the swamp has been altered, and the people who have lived there.

Finally, in celebration of Archbold’s sesquicentennial, the “Building Our Community” exhibit opening in June will highlight major events, challenges, and successes in the Archbold community, along with people who helped to shape it.

Other new events are on the 2016 calendar include a week-long Agriculture Adventures event in June; “The Great Planting,” in September, featuring hundreds of Massey-Ferguson tractors; the annual Quilt Show from April 26 through May 1 with more than 400 quilts on display, including a special Ruby Red Celebration exhibit – a collection of red and white quilts in celebration of 40 years of the show at Sauder Village; Spring on the Farm, Saturday, May 14; and the popular Antique Car Gathering on Saturday, May 21.

Historic Sauder Village is open this spring Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon-4 p.m., and closed on Monday. Summer hours will begin after Memorial Day.

Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for students age 6-16, and free for members and children five and under. Children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season.

For more details, call Sauder Village at 800-590-9755 or visit

New exhibits will highlight Sauder Village’s 2016 season. exhibits will highlight Sauder Village’s 2016 season.