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Society looking for history-loving volunteers

July 19, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Canfield Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help its goal to expand hours at the Mahoning Dispatch and Bond House. Also being sought is someone to help record artifacts that the society has acquired over the years.

The society currently has 109 members with about 11 of them currently serving or active. That number only allows for limited hours of operation at the society's two main facilities. To extend the hours, the society is seeking volunteers who won't be required to join unless they want to.

"Additional volunteers will enable The Mahoning Dispatch Museum on the Green to be open additional hours on Saturday and Sunday," said Laura Zeh, museum curator. "Currently the Dispatch is open Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m. An increase in volunteers will enable the Dispatch to extend its operating hours to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays."

Zeh said the society is hoping to get five volunteers including a person to help catalog artifacts into a computer base.

"The Society is in the process of updating all archival storage materials and procedures," she said. "While a fair amount of uncatalogued items still need recorded, all the previously catalogeed items need to be photographed and updated to a more modern system of storage and cataloguing."

She said original copies of the Mahoning Dispatch are currently being enclosed into mylar newspaper envelopes and stored in appropriate archival boxes. Susy McCabe, CHS president, has completed archiving two full years of the paper, but many years of the paper still need to be archived."

The society is also planning for a busy and active fall. In September, the historic lecture series will return with all new programs and the society is planning a display of vintage post cards at the Canfield Library in September.

For those interested in volunteering, or to get more information on what the society needs, leave a message on the society's phone machine at 330-533-3458 or stop in the Bond House on West Main Street, across from the library, on Saturdays between 1 and 4 p.m.



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