The John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord will be officially declared a National Register Historic Place on Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 PM. The museum is the boyhood home of John Glenn, the late Astronaut and U.S. Senator. The house sits along Main Street in the village surrounded by a white picket fence. It was added to the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places in late December of 2018. Additionally, the home has also been designated an Ohio historic site.
Glenn was born in Cambridge and his parents relocated to New Concord in 1923 when John was two and settled into the house which at that time was located along US Route 40 at the west end of New Concord. The home has been moved twice since first being constructed. In the early 1950s at the time of the widening of Route 40, Herschel and Clara Glenn moved their home to Friendship Drive, north of the village. In 2001, the home was moved again to its current location at 72 West Main Street.
To be considered for the National Register, a property must be associated with people or events that have made significant contributions to the nation’s history. Due to the nature of John’s military career and his time as an astronaut and U.S. Senator, the Glenns moved many times, yet they considered New Concord home and consistently returned for celebrations and family visits.
The museum board of trustees, staff, and volunteers welcome the public to attend this celebration. Brief comments will be offered by officials from the Ohio History Connection and local museum staff. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John and Annie Glenn, will participate in the ceremony and the unveiling of the National Register plaque.