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Experts restoring Masonic mural for Spirit of ’76 Museum
The Chronicle-Telegram, January 25, 2020, by Jason Hawk

A nearly 150-year-old painting by Wellington’s most famous Mason will soon be coming home.

Wellington’s Spirit of ’76 Museum hosts Willard exhibition
The Morning Journal, May 19, 2018, by Richard Payerchin

Lorain County’s artistic heritage is on display in an exhibition celebrating three anniversaries in Wellington.

Spirit of ’76 to Feature Archibald Willard’s Art
The Rural-Urban Record, April 23, 2018, by Holly Storrow

He’s one of the least-known artists with one of the most recognizable paintings, and for the first time, the largest collection of Archibald Willard’s artistic work will be on display in one place.

Willard originals unveiled at Spirit of ’76 Museum
The Wellington Enterprise, April 16, 2018, by Jonathan Delozier

Twenty-two additional paintings by Archibald Willard, including two versions of his most famous painting, are now on display at the Spirit of ‘76 Museum.

Wellington museum catches the ‘spirit’ with art display
The Chronicle Telegram, April 13, 2018, by Carissa Woytach

Wellington’s Spirit of ’76 Museum has acquired 22 Archibald Willard paintings — including two of its namesakes — that are on loan through October.

‘Spirit of ’76’ creator’s artwork featured in rare display in Wellington, April 12, 2018, by Michael Sangiacomo

WELLINGTON, Ohio — For years, art collector Dan Zivko privately enjoyed his collection of paintings by Wellington artist Archibald Willard, but he will share them with the community for the first time starting Saturday.

Archibald Willard paintings loaned to Spirit of ’76 Museum (PHOTO GALLERY), April 12, 2018, by Marvin Fong

Family gathers to remember hero colonel
The Wellington Enterprise, November 14, 2017, by Jonathan Delozier

A new display at the Spirit of ‘76 Museum led to a de facto reunion on Veterans Day for a local military family.

Spirit of ’76 Museum puts spotlight on Vietnam veteran
The Chronicle Telegram, November 12, 2017, by Lisa Roberson

WELLINGTON — A new exhibit at the Spirit of ’76 Museum brought the family of a former Wellington man home Saturday for a touching reunion to honor the Vietnam War veteran’s place in local history — a fitting homecoming for the Veterans Day holiday.

Archibald Willard descendent returns to village, gathers new material for ‘Spirit of ’76’ book
The Wellington Enterprise, April 11, 2017, by Jonathan Delozier

Willard Gordon, 87, is Archibald Willard’s grandnephew and has spent decades fighting that perception. He stopped in the village April 6 to gather information for additions to his book, “The Spirit of ‘76: An American Portrait.”

Wellington’s Spirit of ’76 Museum features Archibald Willard’s famous painting, December 7, 2016, by Michael Sangiacomo

WELLINGTON, Ohio — Scott Markel likes to call artist Archibald Willard “the least famous painter who created the most famous painting in the world.”

New Willard murals make their way to Wellington
The Wellington Enterprise, August 2, 2016

Three very large murals painted by Archibald Willard have been transferred to Wellington from Springfield, Ohio. They now sit at the Wellington Masonic lodge until arrangements can be made to set them up for display at the Spirit of ‘76 Museum, 201 North Main St.

Memories abound in upcoming McCormick Middle School display at Spirit of ’76 Museum
The Wellington Enterprise, February 16, 2016, by Catherine Gabe

The wrecking ball will soon hit McCormick Middle School, but the building’s memory will be preserved with a display at the Spirit of ‘76 Museum.

Fallen police officer Edmund Smith’s uniform given to Spirit of ’76 Museum in Wellington
The Wellington Enterprise, November 16, 2015, by Jason Hawk

“I love you.” That’s what sisters Marcia Smith Crawford and Connie Smith Buckland would tell their father, Wellington police officer Edmund Smith, if he were alive today.

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