Smithville Community Historical Society,
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The General membership meeting of the Smithville Community Historical Society will be held on Monday, March 6 in the historic Church of God at 7 P.M. There will be a brief business meeting discussing the need for volunteers for a number of projects taking place at the Pioneer Village. Our program should prove quite interesting this evening. In the early 1900's there were two men in Smithville that had gotten the photography bug. Dan Mishler was known for his many award winning still life, nature studies and human interest photographs. But tonight we will be viewing film shot by Menno Kaufman. His interest was in taking some of the first motion pictures in the area. He would film the construction of schools, business and public events of the community. These films have been placed on DVD for easier viewing and Dan Kaufman [pictured] the grandson of Menno Kaufman is hoping that some of the people can help identify some of the buildings and people in the pictures, along with some dates. These films are a true gift of history from a gentleman who may have been “the Cecil B. DeMille” of our area. This is an open meeting and we encourage anyone that knows the Smithville area to come and see if they can identify anything in the films.
Refreshments will be served by Lila Smucker and Joanne Turner.
Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this society possible!
Other than the group tours,
Note: “The Village Pottery is open when his sign is out front.”
Historical Society Reception Center
2 General Meeting
at 7 P.M. Program “Pump Organ Musical”; Featuring Wilbur Herr
and Neil Jackson.
January 16 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.
6 General Meeting at
7 P.M. Program presented by Robert Haag discussing Indian
February 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.
Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “A video History of Smithville,”
presented by Dan Kaufman
March 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.
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.
April 17 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.
Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Dairy Bottles Collection”; presented
by Sue McFadden, referencing Louis McFadden's Book, Ohio
May 15 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.
May 21 Open House Donor Appreciation 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
June 5 General Meeting ROAD TRIP! Travel to Kidron for a tour of Lehman Hardware led by Glenda Lehman Irvin and her father, followed by lunch at the Hardware Cafe. Tour will be from 10-12. After lunch, you are free to shop or sight see in some other area attractions.
June 17 Open House
Family & Farm 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
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
August 19 Open House and Antique Market 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.:
August 21 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.
September NO MONTHLY MEETING
September 17 Open House Model-T & Antique Auto's Day 1:30
– 4 P.M.:
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.
See schedule above for play dates.
Taping took place at the Society buildings on 7 May 2013.
Downey Pioneer Reception
Center aka the new log house.
Please help identify
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
Smithville Community Historical Society, OH, USA
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