Whether on a fair weather drive or your weekday work ramble through the heart of Canfield, it's hard to miss the transformation of two of the community's most beloved historical properties as the Bond House Museum and the Mahoning Dispatch underwent extensive repairs and renovations in 2011.
Dedicated to collecting and archiving historical manuscripts and artifacts pertaining to the Canfield community for more than 35 years, the Canfield Historical Society owns and maintains both properties.
"Recently it has proven a costly endeavor to maintain a home for our local historical treasures," said Suzie McCabe, Canfield Historical Society president, adding that most notably, the Bond House exterior required extensive renovation, including new siding, window and door trim, the installation of a new kitchen roof, and an exterior lighting package. "As a result of these improvements, the 1830 structure is a showcase for the community," said McCabe.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Having recently undergone a transformation of sorts, as one of the Canfield community’s two most beloved historical properties, the Bond House Museum received extensive repairs and renovations in 2011.
In addition to the renovations to the Bond House, McCabe shared that the Mahoning Dispatch building has required physical attention as well and downspouts were replaced, maintenance and steam line repairs were required to the boiler, and the facade was painted.
Generous donations of materials and labor for said renovations were made by society Trustee Sam Boak. While the Canfield Historical Society was fortunate to have received a grant from the Youngstown Foundation last year to assist with the Bond House Renovation, both Boak and McCabe stressed that expenses far exceeded the financial assistance they received, and has resulted in a depletion of the society's funds.
McCabe said the organization has also recently focused on two curatorial projects, which will require countless man hours and thousands of dollars in supplies, of which she stressed, "The high cost of archival materials, a necessity to guarantee the preservation of local history, and limited volunteer hours hinder the progress of these and other curatorial projects."
In light of the need for assistance and financial support from Canfield and its neighboring communities for these and upcoming issues, the society's trustees have decided to embark on a capital funds campaign for 2012 with the goal of a 10 percent increase in membership and the raising of $30,000.
A nonprofit C(3) charity to which all donations are tax deductible, the Canfield Historical Society asks for the support of local residents and businesses in their endeavor. Contributions of $100 or more made through the Youngstown Foundation will result in an additional 5 percent contribution.
Additional information on the Canfield Historical Society can be found at www.canfieldhistory.org, and inquiries into making a donation can be made to the society at 330-533-3458.