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Smithville Community Historical Society,
P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669-9308 
Last updated 15 June 2017
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Next Open House
Smithville Stars with Jeff Carr

Smithville Stars Vintage BaseBall Team with Jeff Carr, Captain/ Manager

Open House
Join us on Saturday, June 17 from 1:30 to 4 P.M. at the Pioneer Village and learn how farming and families lived in the 1800's. Rex Miller and his farmers will be showing the Fordson Tractor that came to the museum from the Richard's family farm at the LyDo Barn. Our team that work with lumber will be at horizontal saw and will be sawing wood slats to be woven into baskets. Marilyn Payn will be demonstrating various methods of spinning yarn and other early crafts in the Sheller Log House. Music will be presented by Norma Trotter and Friends on the porch of the Irvin Pioneer Log Cabin. Our resident craftsmen Blacksmiths, Eric Mast and Keith Chambers, will be in the shop: Potters, David Sollenberger and Sam Sheller, will be in the shop; Fred and Marlene Wetshtein will be in the Tin Shop and Wheelwright Walter Mullett will be in his Shop. Dorothy Hodgen, her sons Phillip and Allen, along with Jerry Payn will being playing old hymns in the historic Church of God. The Mishler Weaving Mill and the Model-T Museum will be open at 381 E. Main Street. Our weavers will be weaving rugs, dishtowels and other cloth items. The Model-T Museum is adding to their displays developing more information on the “Tin Lizzy.”

Our Vintage Base Ball team, the Smithville Stars, will be playing a vintage style base ball game against the Wyandotte Ghostriders. You will witness a different language used for this gentlemanly game. Ash, Hickory, Timber: slang terms for bats. Caught Napping, Run Out: Picked off base, or out being caught between bases, or outwitted on a point of play. Muffins: Least skilled players. Stinger, Whizzer: Hard hit ball. Also: Corker, Shooter, Hot Shot. Side, Nine, Club Nine: is the term for a team. For more of these colorful terms see www.vbba.org

This is the second season for the Smithville Stars Vintage Base Ball team made up of local players who last season played four games at the field behind the Pioneer Village.  Jeff Carr, Captain/Manager, schools the players on the proper method of play and manners of the 1860's. As you will see their uniforms are different from those worn in the sport now. On August our team will play against the Mansfield Independents and will round out the season with a game against the Akron Black Stockings. The team is always looking for additional members so see Jeff Carr, he is the guy with the rather large crooked walking stick and straw hat.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, free entertainment and education for everyone.


Click HERE for a printable map to the Holmes County Pottery.
General Meeting
:
Destination, Holmes County Pottery, outside of Big Prairie. The Smithville Community Historical Society on Monday, July 3 at 4 P.M. to start our tour of the pottery located at 8500 County Road 373. Cary and Elaine Hulin came to their property about 23 years ago and Cary Hulin has been a potter for 32 years. They were drawn to the area by the number of sawmills in the area with ready access to wood ends for firing the kiln.  21 years ago Hulin would construct the wood fired kiln using 10,000 firebricks; the kiln is the largest of its kind in Ohio. It is noted that most potteries use either gas or electric to fire their kilns, which is used by the Smithville Village Pottery. The kiln is loaded with 1,500 to 2,500 pieces and they fire several times a year, taking a three-day firing process. It is at this time that they employ help from several friends and neighbors to watch the fire. The studio uses a clay recipe consisting mostly of Ohio clay which comes from the same deposit that have been mined to make pottery for more than 150 years.  Cary was a student at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, studying geology when he decided to take a break from his academic classes and enrolled in a pottery class. This class would open the door to his new career path. He would graduate with bachelor's degree of fine arts in ceramics. He would take a job with a large manufacturer in Wisconsin and within three years was the company's lead potter, it was a good living if you like the fast pace production which was not for Hulin. He and his wife would leave for Connecticut to start an apprenticeship under respected studio potter Tod Piker. A two year apprenticeship stretched into four years lifelong learn experience. Piker would take Hulin to Europe and expose him to the old world potters. Elaine Hulin, a print maker with a master's degree from Columbus College of Art and Design, placed an advertisement in Ohio Magazine describing their goals, stating they were looking for a community in which to locate their business. Receiving a cordial letter from a Holmes County resident and fellow artist, they felt that Holmes County would be a good fit. She also handles the business paperwork and serves as a decorator herself.
The membership will then travel back to Shreve to the Des Dutch Essenhaus Restaurant, arriving about 5 – 5:15 P.M. for dinner ordered off the menu.
Please call Nita Downey for reservations at 330-669-3969 before June 30.
Join us for an afternoon of discovering yet another method of crafting and history.
Click HERE for a printable map to the Holmes County Pottery.


Saturday, August 19 Open House and Antique Market 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. on the grounds of the Mishler Weaving Mill, 381 East Main St. Rt. 585, Smithville, Ohio.  The Pioneer Village will also be open that day for the Open House.  For vendor information call 330-669-9455 and click HERE for printable application.  

The Mishler Weaving Mill continues to be open
on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00 year round.  No Fee.
Please visit!
381 East Main St, Smithville, OH


See this report from Margo Stafford on Smithville's Historic Cemeteries.  


Progress on the Downey Pioneer Visitors Center
For a series of photos, go to the Downey Visitors Reception Center.

Downey Pioneer Visitors Center

The Downey Visitors Reception Center is just about finished on the outside.  We have to finish the handicap entrance.  We will be placing sandstone steps in front of the porch. The front porch will be added and once things dry out we will address the landscaping surrounding the home.  The interior work is progressing with the last major project being to chink the interior walls.  We will be starting to create our displays.  No opening date has been set;  just watch facebook.

Buildings Index

Current Newsletter

Group Tour Information

Purpose of the Society

Membership: How to Join

Map of Smithville

Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this society possible!
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

Note:  “The Village Pottery is open when his sign is out front.”

Historical Society Reception Center
at 391˝ East Main Street [State Route 585]
Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, in front of the Mishler Weaving Mill.  


CALENDAR

SMITHVILLE COMMUNITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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
BOARD MEETINGS
Officers meet the third Monday of the month at the Reception Center – Open meeting

January 2 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Pump Organ Musical”; Featuring Wilbur Herr and Neil Jackson.
Hostess: Kathy Meitzler.

January 16 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

February 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program presented by Robert Haag discussing Indian Arrowheads.
Hostesses: Dorine Widder and Nancy King.

February 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

March 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “A video History of Smithville,” presented by Dan Kaufman
Hostess: Lila Smucker

March 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

April 3 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Hymns: Old and New”; commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the historic Church of God and its service to the faith community.
Hostesses: Pat Keirstead, Margo Stafford

April 17 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

May 1 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Dairy Bottles Collection”; presented by Sue McFadden, referencing Louis McFadden's Book, Ohio Dairies.
Hostesses: Barb Mast, Ruth Chambers

May 15 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

Sunday, May 21 Open House Donor Appreciation 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Mohican 9.     

June 5 Monday, June 5 meeting will take place at Lehman Hardware with members arriving at 10:00 A.M. To start a tour guided by Glenda Lehman Irvin.  The tour will last until noon with lunch following at the Caf'e at the Hardware.  We will see some of the behind the scene operations of the store and how and why some items are carried in the store, which  specializes in non-electric items for the home and farm.  Following lunch, members will be free to explore and shop at some of the area shops:  Town and Country Market, World Crafts, MCC Connections (thrift store), Lehman's Hardware Outlet Store, P. Graham Dunn on State Route 30 outside of Dalton or any other shops in the area.  All of the summer meetings of the Smithville Community Historical Society will travel to explore the area and have lunch or dinner out. Those planning to attend should call Harlene Steiner with their reservations:  330-621-8364 by June lst.

Saturday, June 17 Open House Family & Farm 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Wyandotte Ghost-riders

June 19 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

July 3 General Meeting ROAD TRIP! Travel into Holmes County to tour the Holmes Co. Pottery. The tour will begin at 4 P.M., followed by supper at nearby restaurant, TBA NO FEE.

Sunday, July 16 Open House Band Concert & Ice Cream Social 1:30 – 4 P.M.

July 17 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

August7 General Meeting ROAD TRIP! Travel into southern Wayne County to the Moreland Historical Society's restored township building. We will eat at a nearby restaurant, TBA, then begin the tour of the building at 7 P.M. NO FEE

Saturday, August 19 Open House and Antique Market 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. on the grounds of the Mishler Weaving Mill, 381 East Main St. Rt. 585, Smithville, Ohio.  The Pioneer Village will also be open that day for the Open House.  For vendor information call 330-669-9455 and click HERE for printable application.  
baseball Stars play the Mansfield Independents

August 21 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

September NO MONTHLY MEETING

Sunday, September 17 Open House Model-T & Antique Auto's Day 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Akron Black Stockings

September 18 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

October 2 General Meeting Annual Picnic at Rex & Diane Miller's home, at 5:30 P.M. Bring food to be shared and your own table service. Beverage provided. Program Mike Follin as Dr. Bathasar, traveling medicine man of the 1800’s.

October 16 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

October 21 Open House Apple Butter Making 1:30 – 4 P.M.

November 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Plan for Your Stuff”; presented by Andrew Richmond, estate consultant and appraiser.

Hostess: Linda Platt

November 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

Saturday, December 2 Christmas in the Village 6 – 8:30 P.M.

Sunday, December 3 Christmas in the Village 1:30 – 4 P.M. Concert at 3:30 P.M.

December4 General Meeting at 7 P.M. General meeting will be held at the Smithville Brethren Church at 7 P.M. The church's Bell Choir will present our program.  Members are to bring cookies, beverage will be furnished by the officers and board of trustees.

 

December 18 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

(1-18-2017) 

See schedule above for play dates.

See the Smithville Stars on
FaceBook.


Taping took place at the Society buildings on 7 May 2013.
See still photos here.


Some help in researching families
in the Smithville area
[Sorry, we can't help you with genealogy research.]
Archives
Past SCHS Newsletter Clippings
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

Outside Links

Trip Advisor for Smithville
Wayne County Map Link
Wayne County Public Library
Wayne County Historical Society
Ohio Historical Society
The Smithville Inn restaurant
The Barn restaurant
Places to stay in nearby Wooster
Smuckers in Orrville
GenWeb Site for Wayne County, OH  

 

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