Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum

Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial MuseumAndrew L. Tuttle, a lifelong resident of Defiance, Ohio, bequeathed his extensive collection of Native American artifacts, coins, documents, stamps, military memorabilia, and other artifacts, to the city of Defiance with the stipulation a museum would be established in his name. The City accepted the entire collection in 2003 and steps were taken to catalog and stabilize the collection. The Tuttle, as the museum has been nicknamed, officially opened to the public in May 2011.

The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum Building ExteriorAlthough the museum bears Tuttle's name, the museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the city of Defiance and the surrounding area. The exhibits tell Defiance's story by highlighting the who, what, when, where and how. Therefore, the exhibit topics change from time to time to allow more of the story to be told.

Come and view first hand why the City of Defiance has become a "Great Place to Live."

The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum has been created to foster an understanding and appreciation of the history of the city of Defiance and its immediate surrounding area by responsibly collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting items from the area's natural and cultural history for the benefit of present and future generations.

Randall L. Buchman

Randall L. BuchmanThe Tuttle Museum staff is celebrating the life of Randy Buchman, City Historian. The Tuttle Museum was his vision and now his legacy. Our staff will continue the museum's mission to responsibly collect, conserve, interpret, and exhibit the history of Defiance.

Defiance - Randall L. Buchman passed away peacefully at Glenn Park of Defiance on July 28, 2022, at the age of 93 years.

"Randy" is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Marilyn, his daughter, Debby Coffman and husband, Tom, eldest son, Randy Buchman and wife, Sonia, and youngest son, Kevin Buchman. His grandchildren are Jon and Ben Coffman, children of Debby and Tom, Melissa and Grant Buchman, children of Randy and Sonia, and Natalie and Nathan Buchman, children of Kevin.

Randy was born in Fremont, Ohio, on May 12, 1929. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1947, went on to earn a B.A. in History from Heidelberg College in 1952, where he met his wife, Marilyn, during his freshman year in college. He received his M.Ed. at The Ohio State University. After teaching and coaching at the high school level at West Jefferson and Ravenna, Ohio, Randy moved his family to Defiance where he served as a professor, coach, administrator, archeologist, historian and author at Defiance College. Randy also became the first historian for the city of Defiance and curator of the Tuttle Museum.

A private service was held with immediate family. A celebration of life service was held Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 9 am at Saint John United Church of Christ. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Buchman Scholar's Endowment through Defiance College, the Tuttle Museum, the future Buchman Park on the Glaze through the City of Defiance, or Saint John United Church of Christ.

Andrew L. Tuttle & His Legacy

Andrew L. TuttleAndrew L. Tuttle is remembered in Defiance as a unique individual who had a passion for collecting fine objects, and who became the primary impetus and benefactor of the current Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum.
Andrew L. Tuttle was born in Defiance, Ohio on August 24, 1918. During his early years he lived at 211 East High Street, in Defiance, overlooking the Maumee River. Perhaps his father or grandfather sparked his interest in Native American tools and culture as they trekked the fields of Northwest Ohio looking for artifacts to collect.

Andrew Tuttle graduated from Defiance High School in 1937 and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Ohio State University and a master's degree in business from Harvard University in Cambridge.

Many facets of Tuttle's life are a mystery, but he definitely was a world traveler whose excursions allowed him to expand his intriguing collection of coins, stamps, sculptures, Native American artifacts, and much more.

Unfortunately, in 2003 Andrew L. Tuttle died in a car accident while returning home to Defiance from Florida. It was his final wish that his entire collection be a gift to the City of Defiance providing the city would establish a museum in his name. The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum opened proudly to the public in 2011.

Home Saving & Loan Building

Large Interior SafeOn April 18, 1888, several local businessmen founded The Defiance Home Saving and Loan Association, which grew to serve the financial needs of the community as well as play an important part in the city's development. By 1917, the Home Saving and Loan occupied an impressive classic Roman style building at 514 West Third Street.

The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum is proud to call this historic Defiance landmark its current home.

Help the Tuttle

Do you have items that may be of interest to others?

Residents can share local history-related items with the Tuttle by calling 419-782-0746 to arrange an evaluation time with a staff member.

Closings & Postponements

Dear Tuttle Guests and Friends,

The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum has resumed its Thursday and Sunday hours. Wearing masks are at the discretion of the visitor and the Tuttle volunteers.

Please keep updated by visiting the Tuttle website and Facebook page. If you need to reach the Tuttle, call 419-782-0746 or email the Tuttle Museum.


Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum's Staff

Richard Rozevink, January Bechtel, Herman Dally, Judy Dally


Edwin Phelps Memoirs

Edwin Phelps was an early pioneer in Defiance County. As an entrepreneur and a civic leader holding city and county offices, Phelps was instrumental in the county's development. He recorded his life's journey in a memoir.

Some of the Phelps memoirs were published in the Defiance County Express in 1886 and 1987 and reprinted in the Defiance Crescent-News in 1934. Another portion was published in the Northwest Ohio Quarterly in 1945.

Those articles, in PDF format, can be accessed through the Defiance County Genealogical Society.