Ohio Soldiers' & Sailors' Orphans' Home
Ohio Veterans' Childrens' Home
Association of Ex-Pupils


The Ohio Soldiers' & Sailors' Orphans' Home/Ohio Veterans' Children's Home operated for over 125 years,

providing children an opportunity at a better life. Many of the artifacts housed within

the museum's collection showcase the type of life the children had. From Civil War era militaria, to

modern high school athletic memorabilia, the museum provides a great opportunity to learn about 

Xenia's rich heritage. We welcome you to come to our museum as we give you a guided tour of

the area's most historic venues.


History of Museum


In the early 1920’s, The Association of Ex-Pupils (AXP) raised the money needed to

build a library. The new Memorial Library was formally dedicated in July of 1925. 

The plaques on each side of the entrance to the Museum state: 

This memorial erected by the Ex-Pupils of the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home 

Dedicated to the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic Founders of

this Home On April 5, 1964, the building was designated as the Hobby Center

by the American Legion Auxiliary (Department of Ohio).​ 

On Aug 3, 1979, The Board of Trustees designated this building as the  AXP Museum, in order to

perpetuate the memory and tradition of the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home/Ohio Veterans Children’s Home.   This museum stands as a symbol of the diligent and tireless efforts of 24 individuals on the Museum Committee, chaired by Alfred “Abie” Reynolds. The AXP continues to operate the museum on the grounds of the home.The building is leased to the AXP from Athletes in Action.


The museum is open to the public and admission is always free


Tuesdays - 10am to 3pm
Closed Holidays


If you would like to schedule a group or personal tour on a day that our museum is not open,

please contact the AXP at (937) 269-2352 or museum@ossoovch.org