Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. (HTH) is a community-based, volunteer-led organization located in Harlem Township, Delaware County, Ohio founded to:
  1. Explore, document, and preserve the history, cultural resources, and natural environment of the township;
  2. Organize and host educational events and activities in the community that preserve and foster an awareness of the history, cultural resources, and natural environment of the township;
  3. Promote a sense of community in the township through these events and activities; and
  4. Operate exclusively for charitable, educational, historic, and scientific purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code including, for such purposes, the making of contributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as it now exists or as it may be hereafter amended.
  1. Meetings
    Harlem Township Heritage meets on the third Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the firehouse unless otherwise announced.
  2. Membership
    Membership in HTH is open to anyone who supports the goals and objectives of this organization. Membership is not limited to residents of Harlem Township. There are no membership dues.
  3. Organization History
    In preparation for the township bicentennial in 2010, the township brought together a group of residents for the purpose of creating a one time, memorable, community event to mark this milestone. The bicentennial was such a success that a decision was made to have a similar festival in 2011. In February, 2011, the township trustees created the Community Activities Committee for that purpose. By the end of 2011, it was apparent there were difficulties in accounting for fundraising and expenditures by this committee and the trustees asked the group to become an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Ohio on July 25, 2012 and the application for charitable status was mailed to the IRS on October 31, 2012. It took a while for them to process our application, but on March 30, 2014, Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. became an approved 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 46-0754171)
  4. Officers
    Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. elects officers for the following year at the annual meeting in October. Elected officers cannot serve in the same position for more than two years but may return to the same position at a later date. Officers serve as members of the Board of Trustees. One non-office holding member is also elected to the Board of Trustees.
  5. Committees
    In addition to the officers, Harlem Township Heritage also operates with several standing committees: Events Committee – The Events Committee shall be responsible for planning and carrying out activities for community participation including Harlem Township Days. Historical Committee - The Historical Committee shall be responsible for planning and carrying out events and activities for promoting interest in and preservation of Harlem Township’s historical heritage, including the annual Historical Presentation Meeting. Additional committees may be appointed if needed.
  1. Ken Buell
    Ken Buell has been a life-long farmer of Harlem Township, growing up on the family farm that was acquired in 1868 from William Henry Harrison by his great grandfather located on North Green Cook Rd. He has 2 grown daughters who have also resided in the community. Ken has been very active in the community in various ways ranging from the initial start-up and serving on the Harlem Township Fire Department, Township Trustee, Zoning Committee, and Hartford Fair Board, the Old Fashion Days, and has been involved with the HTH for a little over a year and a half.
  2. Amber Mitchell
    Vice Chairman
    Amber Mitchell grew up in Harlem Township and her parents still reside here. Amber is active in many HTH activities, including the noodle dinners and December carriage rides. Along with another township resident, Sue Richison, Amber was instrumental in organizing the Pancake breakfasts as a fundraiser for electrical improvements in the park. Amber works for the Kroger Distribution Center in the Human Resources Department.
  3. Joni Manson
    Joni Manson records the minutes from meetings and enjoys taking photos of all of the activities Harlem Township Heritage brings to the community. She has been a member of the HTH group since work began for the Bicentennial and also serves on the township's Zoning Commission. Joni is a professional archaeologist with her own business. She and her husband, Dave, have lived in the township for nearly 20 years.
  4. Tom Nied
  5. Dave Snyder
    Representative to the Board of Trustees
    Dave Snyder enjoys helping Harlem Township Heritage in putting on our events and activities. Dave is a professional archaeologist with the Ohio History Connection. He and his wife, Joni, have lived in the township for nearly 20 years.
  6. Roger Neibarger
    Past Chairman
    Roger Neibarger has been resident of Harlem Township most of his life. Roger, and his wife, Diane, pastors the New Direction Church in Harlem Township. Roger is employed by Uhaul as Owners Representive/Project Manager. Roger is active in all HTC activities and serves as Vice Chairman of the Harlem Township Board of Zoning Appeals.