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The Wagnalls Memorial F0undation

The Wagnalls Memorial has been a valuable arts, cultural, and educational destination in Central Ohio since 1925. The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the services and ensuring the financial stability of the Wagnalls Memorial Library, Community Theater, and Scholarship Program.



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The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation brings the community together.

The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation is privately owned and serves as a fiduciary agent for the Memorial LibraryCommunity Theater, and Scholarship Program. The Foundation was founded in 1925 by Mabel Wagnalls Jones shortly after the dedication of the Wagnalls Memorial.

In the past, it became necessary to accept state funding to maintain the Library that is also privately owned. This necessity requires The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation to follow state rules and submit carefully planned budgets each year. Money received from the state is passed to the Foundation which, in turn, transfers all of it to the Library. Some of the money is returned to the Foundation in the form of rent for the building and as a shared expense for repairs or maintenance. In this capacity, the Library has become a means of income to help maintain the building.

 The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation maintains a close relationship with the Library and is entrusted to supervise and protect the Library’s property and assets. In addition, the Foundation provides a dedicated performance venue to the Wagnalls Community Theater, a collaborative and creative nonprofit group that provides a safe place for families, children and adults to perform, volunteer and grow as a community. The Foundation also oversees and distributes the Wagnalls College Scholarship Program that awards local graduating high school seniors and college students who meet specific requirements with tuition money for their education.

 The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation, Library, and Community Theater are governed by the same Board of Directors who are entrusted to represent the community and make financial, procedural, and property decisions that will provide the highest level of service to the public.

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Our History

On May 30, 1925, Mabel Wagnalls Jones dedicated The Wagnalls Memorial in honor of her parents, Adam and Anna Willis Wagnalls. Adam was the co-founder of the publishing giant, Funk & Wagnalls. Both Adam and Anna were born in log cabins in Lithopolis, Ohio.

Our Scholarships

The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation awards various scholarships to local graduating seniors and college students who meet specific requirements.

Our Wedding Venue

If unique and unforgettable are what you are hoping to experience on your special day, then you may have found your enchanting destination in the charming town of Lithopolis.

Our Event Center

The Wagnalls offers people in the Columbus area with a unique destination to hold their most important events. We offer a variety of unique rooms varying in style and size to accommodate different needs and budgets.

Plan Your Special Day With Us

Why choose the Wagnalls Memorial as your Wedding Venue?

About Our Venue

We know you want your wedding day to be both magical and memorable. Holding your celebration at The Wagnalls Memorial will give you and your guests the chance to travel back in time as you enjoy an architecturally stunning, romantic setting that is reminiscent of a Medieval castle. Both the interior and exterior of the historic Library offer stunning features that provide an authentic experience and a myriad of unique photo opportunities.

Our Top Priorities

Our Mission

The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation is committed to enriching the lives of community members by empowering personal and professional growth, advancing literacy, and fostering life-long learning.


The Wagnalls Memorial is a masterful work of art. The unique Tudor-Gothic structure features original designs and exquisite craftsmanship, including stained glass windows, stucco walls, and stunning cathedral woodwork that require careful preservation and maintenance.

Supporting the Arts

The Wagnalls Memorial aims to uplift local artists, giving them the opportunity to showcase their unique talents and engage with the community at specially planned events.

Covid-19 Mitigation

The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation realizes the obstacles and risks that Covid-19 places on our community. Through generous funding from Ohio Humanities and the OH CARES grant, we have developed a comprehensive Covid-19 Mitigation Strategy.


Hello Friends

Would you like to make a difference in Wagnalls’ future?

The Wagnalls Memorial Community Event Team is looking for dedicated individuals to help us brainstorm, plan, and execute upcoming fundraising events. You can choose to volunteer for event projects that are the most interesting to you by sharing your ideas, time, talents, and skills.

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Upcoming Events



Local Artist Showcase

The visual images that local artist Pamela Montgomery creates with watercolors give new life to structures which she considers monuments to our past.  More Details



Norman Rockwell in the 1940’s

Renowned artist Norman Rockwell is most famous for his iconic cover illustrations of everyday life.  More Details



Art at the Wagnalls

This year’s outdoor arts festival will once again feature many talented local artists who will be selling their paintings, . . .  More Details