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The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities

The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for public programming, education, and research at Piatt Castles. 

Membership

The MFH relies on the generous support of individuals, companies and government agencies.  This funding facilitates the creation and support of educational programs and opportunities.  In addition to being a tax-deductible donation, membership in the MFH comes with benefits beyond the knowledge that you are helping to provide invaluable experiences to students of all ages.  Please click here for more information about the benefits of MFH membership.

Events

The MFH sponsors events at Piatt Castles.
Upcoming Events

Research

The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities promotes scholarship in research to better understand the life stories, cultures, and environment of the area. Research results are made available to a wide audience through publications, public programs, and access to archival sources.

The Foundation maintains an archive for use by scholars and offers internships to high school, college, and graduate students in history, education, museum studies, architecture, American literature and American studies. For more information or an internship application, contact the MFH at Box 166, West Liberty, Ohio 43357; call Margaret Piatt at (937) 465-2821 or send us an email

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Become a member online by selecting a membership level from the drop-down list and clicking “Buy Now”, or contact us for more information. You will receive a confirmation of your membership and recognition of your donation.

Student
$15 donation
Receive one free visit to each Castle, discounts at MFH events.

Patron
$25 donation
Receive one free visit to each Castle, discounts at MFH events.

Contributor
$50 donation
Receive unlimited admission for one person to both Castles, discounts at MFH events.

Supporter
$75 donation
Receive unlimited admission for two people to both Castles, discounts at MFH events.

Benefactor
$100 donation
Receive unlimited admission for four people to both Castles, discounts at MFH events

Board of Directors

Josh Cain
Kevin R. Fidler
Amanda Goodwin
David James
Margaret Piatt
Susan Shuster
Brandi Thompson

The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities is seeking members to serve on the board or in subcommittees as we continue to fulfill our mission at Piatt Castles through October 2019 and to expand our offerings at Mac-A-Cheek Castle beginning in 2020. We meet ten times per year at the convenience of board members. Meetings are currently held on Saturday mornings but that could be adjusted depending on the board composition. Expertise in multiple areas is desired including accounting, art, architecture, communications, education, fund raising, public history, landscape interpretation, and law. We would like to fill up to six positions in late 2019 or early 2020. For more information, please contact us using the form below.

Since 1994 the MFH has supported:

 

Internships

Bowling Green State University

Wright State University

University of London

Urbana University

 

School & Youth Programs

With support from the Mary Eleanor Morris Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Ohio Humanities

Pre-K hands-on holiday workshops

High School writing & water color workshops

Ohio in the Civil War outreach exhibits

Ohio History Tours

Programs focusing on art and architecture

From the Ground Up:  archaeology programs

The Family Farm:  exhibits and programs on agricultural history

Youth summer camps in art, science, history and theatre

Awards in Writing to West Liberty-Salem High School seniors

Research and programs focusing on the sesquicentennial of the Civil War

Research internships for high school students

Concerts

Multicultural Music of Ohio

Holiday Concerts

West Central Ohio Community Concert Band

Champaign County Dulcimer Club

 

Community Links

A grant from the Ohio Humanities Council to improve the archival storage and index

Collaborative workshops and programs with other community organizations including the Bellefontaine Cultural Arts Commission, the Logan County Art League, the Logan Count Housing Authority, the Logan County Master Gardeners, the Logan and Champaign County Historical Societies, Mad River Theater Works, Urbana University, The Girl Scouts of America, the Logan County Bicentennial, the West Liberty Bicentennial, the West Liberty Historical Society, Sansami Creative Works, Bespoke Theatre of Dayton, Ohio Living History Association, and WWII US Mech Forces HQ,

Aiding and Abetting: The Piatt Family and the Anti-Slavery Movement - a workshop produced as part of a program on the Underground Railroad in Champaign County, Ohio.  This program was sponsored by Urbana University.

Delve into Documents:  Discussions on recent research for future exhibits and programs on local history and cultural change with support from the Mary Eleanor Morris Fund of the Columbus Foundation .  Topics include:  Communication, Education, Myths and Legends, Shawnee Life in the 18th century, and Generational Shifts on Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights.

Theatre & Entertainment

Living History: Past events include Vintage Baseball Matches, Historical Magic Shows, demonstrations by a Civil War Surgeon as part of a symposium, and World War II encampments

Festivals: Art, Architecture & Poetry, The Art & Science of Nature, Castle Faire & Dragon’s Lair, The Family Farm,  Happy Birthday Piatt Castles: A Centennial of Tours

Holiday Events: 19th century customs celebrating:  Easter; Fourth of July, Halloween

Poetry Readings: Michelle Cornell, Larry Michaels, Elizabeth Renker, Tony St. Clair

Theatre: Mad River Theatre Works, Sansami Creative Works, Bespoke Theatre of Dayton

Publications

That New World by Larry B. Michaels

The Wit & Wisdom of Donn Piatt by Scott Reagan

Donn Piatt: Gadfly of the Gilded Age by Peter Bridges

Donn Piatt of Mac-O-Chee by James Nash

 

William Mac-A-Cheek Piatt II Memorial Archive

This project was funded by the Ohio Humanities Council with additional support from The Champaign National Bank, Honeysuckle Creations, Angie and David Warye, Ohio Caverns, Piatt Castles, and private donors.

The MFH Logo

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Designed by Celena Iluzzi of Cambridge, Ma, the design is based on a drawing by Donn Piatt.  It was selected because the white oak is indigenous to this region, the acorn and oak leaf were popular design motifs in Victorian times and they are symbolic of life and longevity for Shawnee people.