The 103rd O.V.I. Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was incorporated and chartered in 1971. The Foundation manages and curates the 103rd O.V.I Library & Museum on the O.V.I grounds, which houses, preserves, and displays the Civil War materials and artifacts that have been collected and donated by the descendants of the men of the 103rd Regiment.
The Museum building itself is a historical treasure listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The building was funded and built by four members of the 103rd: George Ellsasser, Co. G; George B. Ford, Co. D, Andrew Dillon, Co. D; and Jacob Nodine, Co. C. After the building was completed, it was named "Elfordilno" in honor of these men. It was used by veterans of the 103rd as a barracks during the annual reunions. In the 1970’s the structure was completely restored and became the permanent home for the Museum and its artifacts.
The Museum is open to the public by appointment only. To make inquiries, arrange a tour, or schedule an educational program, please contact us.
In 2018, the 103rd O.V.I Memorial Foundation Scholarship was created to honor and celebrate a graduating senior from Sheffield Lake’s Brookside High School who has made the decision to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. One $500 scholarship is awarded each spring to a graduate who has been accepted into any military college, institute, or academy; basic training for active duty service; ROTC; the Reserves; or the National Guard.
The 2018 scholarship was awarded to Serena Contreras, who will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the Army ROTC program.
Four pancake breakfasts are held each year (two in the spring, and two in the fall) to support the activities of the 103rd O.V.I Memorial Foundation as well as raise money for the Foundation’s Endowment Fund. The next two breakfasts will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019 & Sunday, June 9, 2019. All are welcome to attend!
The 103rd Library, Bookshelf Built By Member
Bullets and Musket Balls Brought Back From War
View Of Display Cases
Cannon Balls From The Civil War
The 103rd O.V.I. Marching Drum
Detail of 103rd O.V.I. Drum
103rd O.V.I. Marching Flute
Veterans Eye Glasses From The Civil War
Personal Affects Of 103rd O.V.I. Soldiers
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