The mission of the Randolph Historical Society is to educate the public and to collect, maintain, preserve and display for public viewing artifacts of local history from the Randolph Area.


Our Meetings

We meet at 7:00 PM in the Municipal Building on Main Street on the first Wednesday of each month (except the months of July and August).  We present programs at these meetings, which are both informative and interesting.  In December we have our Christmas Party which starts at 6:30 PM


Local author Phil Zimmer will present “Five Faces of WWII” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, to the Randolph Historical Society. The meeting will be held in the town’s Municipal Building.

Zimmer will discuss five area veterans who served in WWII and whose recollections were recorded on film by Gregory Peterson, co-founder of the Robert H. Jackson Center and the driving force behind the Center’s “Defenders of Freedom” project. The speaker assisted with the project that captured the comments of more than 250 area WWII veterans.

Those in attendance will be able to see and hear the veterans on film discussing their experiences, hopes and fears as participants in WWII which took more than 65 million lives and has been called the “worst man-made catastrophe in history.”

Zimmer has written extensively on WWII in the national media. His numerous features have covered such topics as the Battle of Britain and the invasion of Sicily by the Allies to series of technical articles, including one on a large Japanese underwater aircraft carrier and one on the innovative P-39 airplane constructed at the Curtiss Wright facility in Buffalo.

The retiree is a former reporter for The Post-Journal. He later served a decade as director of communications at Chautauqua Institution. His work attracted the attention of others and in the spring of 1988 he was named director of university relations at the University of Akron, the third largest school in Ohio. Zimmer later served in a somewhat similar capacity at the University of Vermont.

These programs may include historical facts about Randolph and its surrounding area or other historical data.  For example, in the past year we have been enlightened and entertained by several authors of books, enjoyed hearing about Babe Ruth and had the opportunity to actually sit in his automobile, have learned of the area resident who became a king, and learned about eight soldiers who left Randolph together to fight in the Civil War and followed them throughout the War and afterward.