The Omena Historical Society’s mission is to share the unique history and culture of Omena. The Society’s home is the Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum, located in the heart of the Omena Historic District

About the Omena Historical Society

The Omena Historical Society is dedicated to helping preserve the history of our area for visitors, residents and future generations. Our quest to do that began informally in the mid-1980s by a group of friends discussing the history of the area. From those discussions evolved a formal effort to preserve the history of Omena and in 1994 the Omena Historical Society was formed.

Since its formation, the OHS has annually presented programs, classes and field trips relating to local history. The OHS was a partner in the 2002 Omena Sesquicentennial celebration, and commissioned and published the award winning book “Omena: A Place in Time” by Amanda Holmes. A newsletter “Timelines” is published annually. In 2004 the OHS acquired the historic 1876 Putnam-Cloud Tower House and moved it to its present location in the heart of the village. After two years and thousands of volunteer hours of restoration work, the Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum opened as the home – and major exhibit- of the OHS.

Each year new exhibits are constructed in the Museum by the volunteer exhibit committee for all to enjoy. The work of collecting, preserving and archiving Omena history quietly continues year-round. In 2017, the OHS was the sponsoring organization for the listing of the Omena Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now, years later, the mission and work of the society have continued through its many supporters and volunteers, who have become part of Omena’s history.

Omena Historical Society Board

Sally Viskochil
Vice PresidentJeff Heitzman

Recording SecretaryMark Smith
TreasurerMarsha Buehler
Steve Stanton
Ed Oberndorf
Fred Putnam
Thomas Rohlf
Lauris Woolford

Volunteer with OHS

The Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum needs your help. Volunteers help with staffing the museum on weekends in the summer, and year-round with various committees, events, fundraising projects, and with OHS publications. If you are interested, please email us at

Whether you can give money, time, or money AND time, your contribution is valued and appreciated.