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Poland Historical Society to turn 40 in 2019

February 6, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Poland Historical Society will meet on Feb. 19 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road in Poland Township. The meeting will feature a program entitled "A look at the Poland Historical Society Collection and Archives."

Society Past President Larry Baughman said the archives continue to grow each year as more and more people allow the society to scan important documents regarding Poland history.

"We encourage people to donate or let us scan historical documents to help preserve the history of Poland," Baughman said. "We had a couple of donations last year that can serve as examples. We received a collection of 68 deeds of the Kirtland families dated from 1804 to 1902 on the their properties in Poland. Dave Smith has reviewed, compiled a summary and archived those deeds at the Historical Society schoolhouse."

He gave another good example of a collection of civil war letters from Poland soldiers. The Society has 13 original and four typed copies of letters written by John Nesbitt while serving in the Civil War.

Yearbooks are another great source of information into Poland's rich past. According to Society President Laurie Fox said they have a good number of yearbooks, but are missing some key ones.

"We do not have a complete yearbook library but we're always looking to add to the collection with donated books," she said. "From 1930 to 1960, we are only missing 1936 and 1937. I don't believe Poland had their own yearbook prior to 1930, but I could be wrong. The only yearbooks we have from 1960 to current year are 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 - which means we have a lot of missing books."

The Poland Historical Society is also looking for new members. Last year saw the society boasting a membership of 101, and a 2019 membership drive is under way.

"We have been steadily growing over the past few years and are at the point now that it is necessary to add additional parking at the Schoolhouse," Fox said. "This is currently a high priority for us."

While there are no work requirements after joining, Fox said they are always grateful for those who taken an active role in the society.

"We are hopeful [new members] will take an active interest in Poland's history and help in our efforts to preserve our past for the future," Fox said. "This year we are encouraging members to share their talents, interests and expertise by serving on a committee that will help our Society succeed and grow."

For those considering membership, this would be the ideal year. The Poland Historical Society was formed in 1979, so this is the 40th anniversary this year.

"We are still in the planning stages for activities that will showcase the Society to the public," Fox said. "We have discussed the possibility of doing the Home Tours during this Christmas Season and hopefully we will be able to generate enough membership and community interest to do this project."

At the Feb. 19 meeting, several members of the Historical Society's Archival Committee will present the program "A Look at the Poland Historical Society Collection and Archives." This will be a great opportunity to learn about items currently in the Little Red Schoolhouse museum and about the archival database created to assist in researching families, yearbooks, photos and many items of interest about Poland's history.

The meeting is also a great lace to join the society. Dues are $10 per person for the calendar year and checks can be made payable to "Poland Historical Society", PO Box 5052, Poland, Ohio 44514. Those joining by mail should include their name, address, phone number, and email address. Dues may also be paid to the Treasurer, Joanne Eiselstein, at the meeting.

The easiest way for someone to inquire about the society's archives and ask a question is to email the Historical Society at phs/polandtownship.com or call 330-536-6877.

 
 

 

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