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Historical Society to bring past to Celebrate Poland

June 27, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

On Saturday, during Celebrate Poland, the Poland Historical Society will have a display sharing interesting historical events in Poland. The society will also conduct a guided walking tour of historical buildings along Main Street, hosted by members.

According to member Laurie Fox, the society will be moving its new traveling exhibit to a tent between the gazebo and Village Hall this weekend.

To further display Poland's rich history, Society historians will be conducting a walking tour at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Kitty Heineman, Doris Rice and Mary Ina Jones review old Poland school records that could become part of the Poland Historical Society’s traveling exhibit.

"We will be covering five blocks around the Village," said tour guide Dave Smith.

He said the tour will begin at the society's tent on the lawn at Village Hall. It will head to the Old Dormitory, which is now part of the Poland Library. Among other points of interest along the way will be the homes of two of William McKinley's sisters.

Smith will also present details on the "Poland Guard," a group of Poland men who volunteered during the Civil War. He said the men took their oath in Poland, then marched to Youngstown to board a train. They became members of the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E. He said when they marched to the Youngstown train station, around 700 Poland residents walked with them to see them off.

"I didn't realize there were that many people living in Poland at that time," Smith said.

Besides the two Saturday walking tours, Smith will also give a cemetery tour at 6 p.m. Friday at the Poland Presbyterian Church, located at Ohio 170 and North Lima Road. It will feature the story of those buried there, dating back to Poland's founding.

Working with the historical society is rewarding for Smith, who have a fond passion for local history.

"It's a hobby to me," he said.

He does research into the documents and paperwork that is housed at the society's home base, the Little Red Schoolhouse. The building is open on the second Sunday of the month for public tours. It is located at 4515 Center Road at the Struthers Road intersection in Poland Township.

At the open house and at the society's tent during Celebrate Poland, officers and trustees will be available to answer questions and guide visitors while they browse through the vintage books, photos, and the many items dating back to the 19th century.



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