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Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669
-9308 
Last updated 26 Apr 2016
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Up-Coming Events
Jane Turzillo
Jane Turzillo

The Smithville Community Historical Society will meet on Monday, May 2 at 7 P.M. at the historic Church of God on Milton St. in Smithville. In a brief business meeting we will update the membership on the progress of our current projects. Our first Open House for the 2016 season will take place on Sunday, May 15, 1:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. We will pay tribute to our donors who continue to make contributions of historic pieces to enhance our collection and tell the history of Smithville.
      Then be ready to hold onto your chairs as Northeastern Ohio author Jane Ann Turzillo share some of the stories that created an historic book "Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio.” This book is filled with mystery, murder and mayhem, including four women from our area who didn't play by the rules. Included in her talk are a gangster's girlfriend, a long-time madam, an ax murderess, and Wayne County's own, Enola Morehouse.  Jane is the author of six books on true crime and history and has recently been nominated for an Agatha. Her books have also won awards from the National Federation of Press Women. Her career started by working for her family newspaper covering police reports and covering anything of historic value. The author will have books available to purchase. This program promises to have you sitting on the edge of your seat, but calm down with refreshments following the program served by hostesses Carole Martin and Nita Downey.

See below for 2016 events.  Open House season is coming!

In case of inclement weather please check with WQKT, 104.5 FM in Wooster, OH.

Smithville Stars logo

Smithville Stars 2016

 

 Welcome to the Smithville Community Historical Society online.


  Come See Our Buildings.
Group Tours can be arranged.

Questions?
glhold@wowway.com

Other than the group tours,
the Mishler Weaving Mill is open
to visitors on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00
year round.  No Fee.
Please visit!
381 East Main St, Smithville, OH

Smithville Historical Society Group Tours
For information call 330-669-9308 or 330-669-3969
Fees are:
Mill only $3 per person
Pioneer Village only $5 per person
Both, $7 per person
Special rates for schools

CALENDAR

PIONEER VILLAGE has10 buildings open to the public. Most buildings were built in the 1800s in our community – log cabins, barn, church, depot, caboose, tin shop, spring house, pottery , wheelwright and blacksmith shops.

MISHLER WEAVING MILL & GIFT SHOP

People may see many products being made on some of our old looms in the mill, that are over 100 years old.  Reception Center has three permanents exhibits and a new Ford Model-T exhibit at this site.

 

OPEN HOUSES and Baseball Games 2016
Admission – Donation

Sunday, May 15 - Open House - Donor Appreciation Day  1:30 to 4 P.M.

May 15, Sunday @ 1:30
- Scramble using 1860's Base Ball rules at Smithville Pioneer Village. Open to anyone wishing to play or interested in playing.

Saturday, June 18 – Open House – Family Day, 1:30 to 4 P.M.

Saturday, June 18 – Smithville Stars (Vintage Baseball) vs Mansfield Independents, played behind Pioneer Village (start time is 1:30) 

Sunday, July 17, Open House - Concert - Ice Cream Social:
1:30 - 4 pm   Concert at 3:30.

Sunday, July 17 – Smithville Stars (Vintage Baseball) vs Whiskey Island Shamrocks, played behind Pioneer Village (start time is 1:30)

Saturday,  August 20 – Open House/Antique Market 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Open House 1:30 to 4 P.M.

Sunday, September 18 – Open House/Model-T & Vintage Cars Day 1:30 to 4 P.M.

Sunday, September 18 – Smithville Stars (Vintage Baseball) vs Ohio Village Muffins, played behind Pioneer Village (start time is 1:30)

Saturday,  October 15 – Open House – Apple Butter Making 1:30 to 4 P.M.

 

CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

Saturday, December 3 -  Christmas in the Village 6 to 8:30 P.M.

Sunday, December 4 -  Christmas in the Village 1:30 to 4P.M.
 

Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this possible!

 Click on the photos below to learn about the buildings.

Blacksmith Shop
Blacksmith Shop

The Cabin
Pioneer Log Cabin

The Sheller House
 The Sheller House

Carriage Barn
The Carriage Barn

The Mishler Weaving Mill
Mishler Weaving Mill

The Tin Shop
 The Tin Shop


Lydo Barn Exhibit

Historic Church of God
The Historic Church of God

Caboose at Smithville Historical Society
New
Caboose and Train Station
 

 The Spring House
New
The Spring
House
 

 


On Saturday April 26, 2003  
a Dedication was held for
The Ohio Bicentennial Historical Marker
at the John Mishler Weaving Mill in Smithville
and the Grand Opening of
the Historical Society Reception Center
at 391½ East Main Street [State Route 585]
Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio.
 

The Weaver
by Edgar A. Guest

The patter of rain on the roof,
The glint of the sun on the rose;
Of life, these the warp and the woof,
The weaving that everyone knows.
Now grief with its consequent tear,
Now joy with its luminous smile;
The days are the threads of the year--
Is what I am weaving worth while?

What pattern have I on my loom?
Shall my bit of tapestry please?
Am I working with gray threads of gloom?
Is there faith in the figures I seize?
When my fingers are lifeless and cold,
And the threads I no longer can weave
Shall there be there for men to behold
One sign of the things I believe?

God sends me the gray days and rare,
The threads from his bountiful skein,
And many, as sunshine, are fair.
And some are as dark as the rain.
And I think as I toil to express
My life through the days slipping by,
Shall my tapestry prove a success?
What sort of a weaver am I?

Am I making the most of the red
And the bright strands of luminous gold?
Or blotting them out with the thread
By which all men's failure is told?
Am I picturing life as despair,
As a thing men shall shudder to see,
Or weaving a bit that is fair
That shall stand as the record of me?
 

Published in 1917 in the book 
of his poems called Just Folks


Painted by Rusty Baker


Some help in researching families
in the Smithville area
Archives

Past SCHS Newsletter Clippings
Steam Engine Speeds Through Smithville
Smithville News from the Past

  Please help identify
the people in the photos.
Smithville Freshman Class 1927,
other High School Photos, and Burkholder Family

Number 3 School

 

 

 

  Purpose of the Society
Membership: How to Join
 See Map of Smithville Here

SCHS PROGRAMS FOR 2016

All programs begin at 7:00 P.M. and are held at the historic Church of God UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

GENERAL MEETINGS – For members and guests Generally the first Monday of each month
Short business meeting, program, refreshments

Held at the Historic Church of God


On Monday, February 1, the Smithville Community Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 P.M. at the historic Church of God.  A brief business meeting will be held updating everyone on the progress of our various projects.  The program will be "Civil War Medical Treatments," presented by Virgil Kline who portrays a Civil War Surgeon.  He will show his collection of medical equipment from the Civil War.  He will address the medical practices used on the battlefields and how they affected the medical practices of today.  Our hostesses are Dorine Widder and Nancy King.

March 7 - General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Native American Plant Remedies”; speaker: Eric Fitch; Hostesses:   Pat Keirstead, Cheryl Long

April 4 – General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”; speaker:  Summit County Historical Society Presenter;
Hostesses:  Lila Smucker, Joanne Turner

Sunday, April 17 - Hymns of Dixieland Concert at 2 P.M. at Historic Church of God

May 2 - General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio”; Author Jane Turzillo; Hostesses: Carole Martin, Nita Downey

Sunday, May 15– Open House – Donor Appreciation Day 1:30 to 4 P.M.

June 6 – General Meeting, Trip to Bucyrus Copper Kettle Works and the historic Scroggs House, a Victorian home; Eat at a restaurant in Bucyrus; DEPARTURE TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED

July 4 - No General Meeting Due to Holiday

August 1 – General Meeting – Tour the Alpine Hills Museum in Sugarcreek; eat at the Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek.  DEPARTURE TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED

September – No General Meeting Due to Holiday

October 3 – Annual Picnic AT Rex and Diane Miller’s farm; time: 5:30 P.M.; bring food to share and your own table service; beverages furnished by officers

November 7 – General Meeting at 7 P.M. – “Lionel Train Collection; presenter, Bill Moss; Hostesses: Linda Platt, Ruth Peterman

December 5 - General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Christmas Music Program; presenters:  East Chippewa Brethren Church Brass

Ensemble; Cookie Exchange from the attendees, beverages provided by the officers.

BOARD MEETINGS
Officers meet the third Monday of the month
at the Reception Center – Open meeting

January 18 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

February15 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

March 21 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

April 18 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

May 16 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

June 20 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

July 18 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at Reception Center

August 15 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

September 19 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

October 17 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at Reception Center

November 21 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

December 19 -  Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

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