COSHOCTON -- The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum invites the public to a lecture entitled The Meaning of Place Names on the Coshocton Frontier and Beyond: The What and the Why, on Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m.

The speaker is Coshocton native Dr. Scott E. Butler, who has spent years researching the people and history of 18th century as it pertains to Coshocton County. Many place names of the Coshocton frontier and beyond in North America are from non-English languages, mostly North American Indian languages. The word Ohio itself was originally written in French but is from a Seneca language word. Most modern references to these place names and their meanings don't explain why the word means what it is said to mean. Some modern references are simply wrong. Dr. Butler has researched seventeen Native American languages and three European languages to determine what these names truly mean and why. This talk will present derivations of the meanings with sources and reasoning for about twenty names, mostly place names, but also a few other interesting names connected to the Coshocton frontier. Dr. Butler's presentation uses information from his forthcoming limited edition book, The Coshocton Frontier Handbook.

The Meaning of Place Names on the Coshocton Frontier and Beyond is the first in a series of lectures that Dr. Butler will present at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in November. Subsequent lectures include The Strategy of Survival of the Delaware Indians on the Coshocton Frontier on Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. and Why is Coshocton Named Coshocton on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. At the conclusion of the Nov. 16 talk, the winners of the 2015 Mary Harris Prizes for non-fiction writing will be announced and awards presented (if the recipient is present).

Program admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students (Friends of the Museum, free). The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located in Historic Roscoe Village at 300 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton.

For information, contact the museum at 740-622-8710 or Email

Museum hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.