Do you have any stories that you would like to share about…
…growing up or living in Rendville?
…friends, family members, or loved ones buried in Rendville’s cemetery?
…attending Decoration Day or Memorial Day in Rendville?

The Rendville Historic Preservation Society invites you to participate in a zoom story sharing circle on Thursday, February 18th from 5:00-6:30 PM and Saturday, February 20th from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM.

At the story circles, you will be able to:
-Share your own stories and memories
-Listen to other’s stories and memories
-Meet and socialize with people that have connections to Rendville

These story circles will be recorded as part of the Rendville Historic Preservation Society and Ohio State University Folklore Center’s ongoing research project on the town’s cemetery. The stories you share will also help both the RHPS and the OSU Folklore center produce a virtual Decoration Day event on Thursday, May 27th.

To participate in the story circles, please fill out the registration form at the following link by Tuesday, February 16th. If you have any questions, please email Lydia Smith – – for more information.


Come join us as we celebrate #Rendville and it’s rich history during Emancipation Day 2019



Please join us on our pursuit to #SaveTheLittleWhiteHouse. By donating to our Rendville Historical Preservation Society fundraiser, you will be contributing to the preservation and revitalization of one of Rendville’s oldest and recognizable landmarks. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the conversion of the Little White House into a museum for future generations.




Register now for a 4-hour learning experience (10AM-2PM) with lunch featuring Rendville history and the efforts to save this important site as an important destination for African American history of state and national significance.. This event is set for Saturday, June 1 in downtown Rendville. Arrive at the Rendville Town Hall at 9:45 to check-in and plan for a day with passionate people who care about the future of this town, and who have studied and lived its past. A lunch featuring traditional foods of the community residents will be served, including collard greens and sweet potato pie. The highlight of the day will be hearing from those who grew up in Rendville where an interracial experience created by mine owner William P. Rend established a community where African Americans and arriving European immigrants lived side by side in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s allowing for the breaking of the color barrier before the Civil Rights movements. Filmmaker Burr Beard will screen his Rendville mini-doc, author Frans Doppen will share his 2016 history on Rendville labor union leader Richard L. Davis. Other important figures to be shared include Dr. Isaiah Tuppings, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Roberta Preston, Sophia Mitchell and Jerry Jackson. Jerry is president of the Rendville Historic Preservation Society and plans to be there. A visit to the Rendville Cemetery and Rendville Art Works are on tap before the morning is over.

Registration is $35 and includes lunch. Special diets and accessibility requests should be made via e-mail to Register on-line via Event Brite or send check for $35 to RHPS; 59 Elmwood; Athens, Ohio 45701.