This summer, the Bexley Historical Society Board of Trustees welcomed two new members and a new part-time staff member to help it preserve and promote the wealth of history the City of Bexley enjoys.

Nichole Johnson, Bexley resident and assistant director of media relations at Capital University, joined the Board of Trustees in August. Bexley businessman and resident Bill Johns joined the board in October, and Katie Fulton was hired later that month to help manage office affairs.

Nichole Johnson is a Columbus native who has always appreciated history, but developed a real love for historic homes and cities when she moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, shortly after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

In Chillicothe, she worked as a reporter for the local paper and met and married her husband, Tim Johnson, a Bexley native and 1982 graduate of Bexley High School. Though she is not from Bexley, Johnson feels like she grew up here and treasures the beauty, warmth and tradition Bexley’s neighborhoods will offer her son, as he grows up. She looks forward to serving on the board.

Bill Johns and his wife, Sarah, have lived in Bexley since 1973. he inherited his interest in local history from his mother, Marie Johns, who served as president of the Trenton (Ohio) Historical Society and was active in the Butler County Historical Society. Marie Johns was the co-author of The Mennonite Settlement of the Great Miami River Valley in Butler County.

Johns looks forward to expanding the program of local history in the Bexley School system and encouraging tours of historic sites and buildings.

Originally from Memphis, TN, Katie Fulton has lived in Columbus for nine years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, in Lynchburg, VA. She and her husband, Dan, live in Bexley and have three sons ranging in age from 5 to 16. She formerly worked at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, which she also attends. As the new office assistant, Fulton will print the society’s newsletter and assist with running the office on Wednesdays, from 9:30 am to noon.

Originally published in Historical Herald, November 2004

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