Our History...

Historic Southwest Ohio (HSO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation of 19th century life. HSO operates the Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods Park. The Village is a recreated 1800’s community featuring thirteen historic buildings that were saved from destruction and moved to their present location.


Our Mission Statement...

Historic Southwest Ohio brings history alive,

focusing on life in the late 1700's through the late 1800's.


William J. Dichtl
Executive Director

Steve Preston
Education Director

Dana Gagnon
Community Outreach Associate Director

  Board of Directors

Robert Q. Carter

Director Since 2011

Mr. Carter retired from the Chevron Corporation as Vice President Of Arabian Chevron Inc.

Current Positions: Mr. Carter serves on the Executive Committee of the Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. He serves as Chair of the Fundraising Committee and on the Marketing Committee of Heritage Village Museum. He chairs Harvest Fest, a yearly program at the Village. He is a member of the Greater Milford Area Historical Society and a Meals-On-Wheels volunteer for Clermont Senior Services. Mr. Carter volunteers as a Local Coordinator, as an Instructor, and Tax Preparer for AARP Tax Preparation for the Elderly. He volunteers as an Instructor for AARP Driver Safety Training.

Qualifications/Experience: Mr. Carter has been an educator at South Plains College, Texas Technological University and the University of Illinois. At Chevron Mr. Carter held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management. Mr. Carter who spent more than 10 years in each Latin America and the Middle East has executive-level experience in international business and significant experience dealing with domestic and international management at all levels in the oil industry. He is multi-lingual.

Education: Mr. Carter holds a BA and MA from Texas Technological University, PhD from University of Illinois, MBA course work from New York University, and extensive training and development from Chevron University.

Roxann H. Diffenbach

Director since 2010

Ms. Diffenbach is a practicing attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has practiced since 1978.

Current Positions: Ms. Diffenbach serves on the Board of Directors of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. She is a member of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio and serves on their Board of Trustees as the representative to their National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Board of the Glendale Preservation Society. She is the current President of the Creekwood Condominium Association.

Qualifications/Experience: Ms. Diffenbach has served multiple tenures as a Director on the Heritage Village Board. She brings extensive knowledge of trial practice and practice in the areas of Domestic Relations Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Probate Law. With over 30 years’ experience in law practice, Ms. Diffenbach brings leadership and understanding of professional ethics, business governance and people-to-people interactions.

Education: Ms. Diffenbach has a BA from Goucher College, an MA from the University of Cincinnati in Political Science and a Juris Doctor Degree from The Salmon P. Chase School of Law.


George W. Euskirchen, CPA

Director since 2013

Mr. Euskirchen is employed as a management consultant with Clark Schaefer Consulting.

Current Position: Mr. Euskirchen is the treasurer of Heritage Village Museum.

Experience: Mr. Euskirchen has worked for Fortune 500 public companies, providing him insight and experience into the operations, challenges and complex issues facing large corporations. Mr. Euskirchen has held positions of increasing responsibility in the automotive and transportation industries. He has significant expertise in accounting, investment management and taxation.

Qualifications: Having worked in the automotive and transportation industries, as well as consulting in other industries, Mr. Euskirchen brings to the Board strong knowledge of strategy, markets, competitors and financials. As a native Cincinnatian he brings firsthand knowledge of the local business climate and regional understanding of policies and procedures. He has a deep appreciation for the mission of Heritage Village Museum.

Education: Mr. Euskirchen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a Master’s of Accountancy from Northern Kentucky and a Master’s of Business Administration from Baylor University.


William J. Dichtl

Executive Director, Heritage Village Museum/Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc.

Qualifications/Experience: Mr. Dichtl has been in the museum field for 33 years. Mr. Dichtl started his career as a volunteer with the Chicago Historical Society and the Des Plaines (IL) Historical Society. His volunteering provided him with insight and experience into the operations, challenges and many issues that non-profit organizations face. He prepared himself with the necessary education and training that fostered his career. He spent 14 years with the Tippecanoe County Historical Society in Lafayette, Indiana as the Curator of Education, Exhibits Curator, and as the Fowler House Site Manager, each a position of increasing responsibility. The next 11 years he spent as Director of the Ohio County Historical Society in Rising Sun, Indiana. In 2006 he received the Educator of the Year from the Rising Sun-Ohio County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dichtl became the Executive Director of Heritage Village in 2011.

What Attracted You to HSO: “I was attracted to serve as the Executive Director because of the wealth of cultural heritage the Village has. The opportunities to move the organization forward and to create a first-class learning environment were also attractive”.

Board Experience/Interests: Mr. Dichtl served on the boards of the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife & Drum Crops and the Rising Sun Historic Downtown. He served 6 years as the President of the Rising Sun Historic Downtown. His interests include reading, gardening, and traveling to historic sites and museums.

Education: Mr. Dichtl has a BS in History from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an MA in History from Northeastern Illinois University and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.

Dr. Wayne Purintun

Director since 2009

Dr. Purintun is retired from active pastorates after more than 45 years in the ministry.

Current Positions: Dr. Purintun serves as President of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. In retirement he continues to do spiritual direction and consultation.

Other Directorships/Experience: Dr. Purintun served pastorates in Montana, Minnesota and Ohio. He served as the Associate Executive for the Presbytery of Cincinnati and as Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Minnesota Valley.

Qualifications/Experience: Dr. Purintun brings to the Board extensive knowledge of human interactions, senior executive-level understanding of leadership roles and expertise with associations and councils that formulate plans, budgets and membership development. His many years in the ministry equip him to lead and guide Heritage Village according to the highest professional standards for the preservation of the historic structure, the care of the collections and the presentation of exhibitions and programs.

Education: Dr. Purintun has a BA degree from Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota, and a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California and a Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.


E. Marshall Tucker

Director since 2009

Ms. E. Marshall Tucker is semi-retired

Current Positions: Marshall Tucker serves as Second Vice-President of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. She serves on several non-profit Boards in Cincinnati, Ohio, has served as President of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Ohio, as well as on the National Finance Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. She has served on the Board of a publicly traded California Manufacturer of computer systems.

Qualifications/Experience: Marshall Tucker has experience as an elementary school teacher. Ms. Tucker brings to the Board experience in semiconductor/micro computer subsystems sales, inventory control and expertise in bookkeeping and account management. She has extensive knowledge and understanding of electronic component sales, an industry in which spent over 25 years. Her involvement with various non-profit organization, her managerial acumen and executive-level understanding of business serve her well in guiding the future of Heritage Village.

Education: Ms. Tucker has a BA from Hollins College in American History and an MBA in Marketing from Xavier University.

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