The Black Swamp Conservancy, a land trust, is a regional, non-profit organization established to directly support the conservation of land and water resources in northwest Ohio. Their supporters are people who want to preserve the integrity of their communities as they continue to grow. Proper community planning to protect native habitats, agricultural areas, and scenic views will help to enhance the quality of living today and forever. BSC is one of over 1,500 land trusts across the United States dedicated to conserving land through private action. We engage in no zoning or regulatory matters, nor do we lobby for political reasons. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all gifts and donations to the Conservancy are tax-deductible.
The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society
Their mission is to preserve, interpret and educate the community and visitors on the rich history of the Lake Erie Islands. Founded in 1975 as the Put-in-Bay Centennial Committee, this organization was renamed the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society in 1985 when a group of dedicated island residents formed to make their vision of an island museum a reality. The first museum was opened the the historical Put-in-Bay Bottling Works building in 1987. A new 6000 square foot main building was opened in 1998. The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society welcomes all ages to explore the varied history of the beautiful islands of Lake Erie’s Western Basin through the many displays. Providing a range of activities from children’s programs to four weeks of Elderhostel each year, the Society also hosts seasonal events, tours and lectures. Open daily through the summer, weekends in both spring and fall and by appointment the rest of the year, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society museum also houses a research library and archives.
Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church
The parish community began in 1866 when Mass was offered in island homes. Mass was celebrated in the first church, located on Put-in-Bay Road, starting in 1876. When it became evident that a larger church was needed to handle the needs of summer visitors, the current church was built and ready for use in 1929. It is located at 632 Catawba Avenue. Mass is scheduled every Sunday at 10:30 AM. During the summer, there is also a Mass every Saturday at 5:30 PM. You are welcome to visit Mother of Sorrows Church anytime during daylight hours.
Perry group is a non-profit 501(3)C organization that supports educational and cultural programs at Perry’s Victory. Among the events supported by the Perry Group are the Firelands Symphony and the Toledo Symphony orchestras. Firelands will perform on July 2 at 7 p.m. as part of the July 4 program and the Toledo Symphony will perform on Saturday, September 11 at 6 p.m., as part of Historical Weekend activities at the memorial. The Perry Group, also known as The Friends of Perry’s Victory, was also instrumental in raising more than $125,000 to produce the free War of 1812/Battle of Lake Erie movie for visitors and to help defray the cost of some of the displays at the visitor center. The Perry Group has also helped sponsor several visits by the Brig Niagara during Historical Weekend and helped organize the Historical Weekend event which includes an 1812 Living History Military encampment, the performance by the Toledo Symphony and Art in the Park. The Perry’s Victory Visitor Center opened in late May of 2002 and had more than 204,000 visitors that year. Admission to the visitor center is free.
Put-in-Bay Arts Council
The Arts Council has hosted and performed numerous plays including a recent children’s production entitled “THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” and “The Wizard of Oz”. The adults, kids and students who participate have so much fun it is definitely a worthwhile venture. The Put-in-Bay school on South Bass Island has no theatre programming so the Put-in-Bay Arts Council has a huge responsibility to the children of this island community. We have the opportunity to change the lives of children, who otherwise, would have no connection to the theatre without the Put-in-Bay Arts Council.
Put-in-Bay Garden Club
The Put-in-Bay Garden Club is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of local gardeners, volunteers, and interested community members dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of South Bass Island. Recognizing the uniqueness of Put-in-Bay, the PIB Garden Club raises funds to maintain green areas on the island for residents and visitors, educates people regarding the value of sustaining natural plant life, and promotes opportunities to work with volunteers, residents and community members to ensure its natural beauty for generations to come.
Put-in-Bay Recreational Committee
Sponsor of many local programs including the Nature Camp Programs presented by the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy which are a three week multi-age day camp experience. Nature Camp is always a big success, teaching over 100 kids about our unique island environment. Activities include Preschool Nature Camp with stories, games and crafts about birds, dragonflies, and leaves; Nature Camp for the younger children on both Middle Bass and South Bass with programs on Bees, Bats, and Bubbles; and a joint lunch with both morning and afternoon sessions which are enjoyed by all.
Put-In-Bay Senior Center
Located at 195 Concord Ave, the Senior Center is home to events for islanders of all ages from the young kids’ 4H sales to senior lunches. Lunch is served at noon Thursdays and reservations are due by noon the day prior. Suggested donation is $3 for lunch. A quick sample of weekly events includes… Monday: Social Hour and blood pressures, 11 a.m. to noon; Tuesday: Knitting, 1 p.m. & Bridge Club, 7 p.m.; Wednesday: Ladies cards, 1:30 p.m. & Men’s cards, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday: Legion meeting and lunch, 11:45 a.m. & Mah Jongg, 7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Located at 623 Catawba Avenue with the Rev. Mary L. Staley, serving as Priest-in-Charge, St. Paul’s offers tours of the church. St. Paul’s congregation was established in 1864 and built the first island church in 1865. The islanders raised funds to build the church from 1863-1865. Jay Cooke purchased the land for the church from Jose De Rivera for ten dollars in 1865 and also contributed to the building fund.