MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — Medina County History will be on display during the first-time History Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22. In a format similar to the Fall Foliage Tour, there will be 16 different stops open throughout the county, highlighting 17 organizations.
A tour map will be available at each of the museums and a brief description may help make the decision, especially if handicapped accessibility and nearby parking are a concern. Each stop will feature tour guides and information. Some will have refreshments for sale. Many will have items such as books of local history, posters and other history-related items available to buy.
“We are so excited that 16 places will be open that day, considering this is our first event,” said Roger Havens, president of the Wadsworth Area Historical Society. “People will be able to pick several places to visit during that 6-hour period and then visit other museums in the years to follow.”
You can start anywhere along the way. There are three stops in Medina including the Medina County Historical Society at 206 N. Elmwood St. Although the museum, a Queen Anne Victorian house with period furnishings, is undergoing renovations, at least a portion of the building will be open for the tour according to curator Tom Hilberg.
The Little Wiz Fire Museum at 326 E. Smith Road offers a look at hand and horse-drawn fire equipment, a 1916 Hallock Chemical fire truck and many artifacts including extinguishers, nozzles and pumps.
The Medina Town Hall & Engine House Museum at 50 Public Square provides a glimpse into the city from the 1850s through today. Here you can view rare photographs of the Great Fire of 1870 that decimated the buildings on the square; a 1918 Medina fire engine and more.
Hinckley’s Historical Society at 1634 Center Road, in the heart of Hinckley, has several themed rooms filled with antiques and collectibles, as well as a research room for family and property research. Hinckley history booklets (marking the 150th and 175th Anniversaries) as well as the Hinckley collage by Richard Doyle, several “Cat’s Meows” of the old general store and old Grange store, Buzzard clocks, postcards (old Hinckley scenes), copies of old Hinckley photos (enlarged), the society’s 25th anniversary commemorative baskets, and several different Hinckley mugs. There will be refreshments available, and there is rest room availability, although the rooms are not handicapped accessible. There is parking next to the Society’s house.
The Weymouth Preservation Society, 3314 Myers Road, Weymouth, is housed inside a former school and the featured display is “Life in the Countryside,” an exhibit with 200 artifacts depicting 19th century life in Medina County’s villages. It is handicapped accessible.
Other stops include: the Granger Historical Society, 1261 Granger Road; the Wadsworth Historical Society, 161 High St., Wadsworth; Seville Historical Society, 70 W. Main St., Seville; the Northern Ohio Railway Museum at 5515 Buffham Road, Seville, is also hosting the newly formed Chippewa Lake Historical Society at its site.
The Westfield Historical Society will be at 6701 Greenwich Road, Westfield Center; The Lodi/Harrisville Historical society is at 302 Railroad St., Lodi; Spencer’s Historical Society is at 112 N. Main St.; Chatham Historical Society has three separate museum buildings at 5332 Avon Lake Road, Chatham. The York Historical Society facilities will be open at 6547 Spellman St.
You can learn all about History Day on Facebook at: facebook.com/events/605875132900607/
Click here for a map with all the locations and information.
For more information, contact Havens at rhavens@wadsworth schools.org or co-chair, Dan Hostetler of the Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about History Day is also available on the Convention and Visitors Bureau site: https://www.facebook.com/Medina-County-Convention-Visitors-Bureau-196081170434782/