German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati Deutsch-Amerikanische Bürger-Liga von Gross-Cincinnati
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
John Wilbur, a youth program director, and Charlie Ehlers, a pharmacist, founded the Cincinnati Carvers Guild in 1965. The first meeting and election of officers occurred on May 22, 1968. Meetings were held at the Fairview Community Center. John Wilbur served at the group's first president.
The membership roster consists of approximately 150 men and women. Meetings generally attract about seventy-five people. Following a short business session, members have an opportunity to share their latest projects and expertise. In addition to this sharing of ideas, there is usually a program pertaining to some facet of woodcarving. These programs include talks, demonstrations and group instruction with hands on carving. The Guild meets at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Kinney and Hickman Avenues in Mt. Healthy, Ohio each month except November and December.
The Carvers held their first carving show at the Goodwill Dutch Festival in October 1971. Today, an annual woodcarving show is sponsored by the Cincinnati Woodcarvers Guild. The show, held each November, has been presented at various locations over the years. For the past few years, the show has been held on the first weekend in November at the Kings Island Inn. This event is attended by thousands of visitors from across the country, who come to see the works of over one hundred exhibitors. Also in attendance are a number of vendors who make available a variety of wood, tools, books and related woodcarving supplies. The Cincinnati Carvers Guild celebrated their thirtieth anniversary at the show in November 1996.
All of the Guild's shows are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend as a spectator or to learn a little more about woodcarving. The Cincinnati Carvers Guild welcomes new members to join this group of creative people. Their brochure states the following: A woodcarver is one who can take a piece of wood, breath life into it with patient hands, and make it a warm object of lasting beauty.
The German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati wishes to thank Guild member, Bob Lohbeck, for creating and donating the German Heritage Museum sign which hangs next to the front door of this museum.