Smithville Community Historical Society,
Christmas Open House, 2017
For the Village of Smithville it is a very special year as the Smithville Community Historical Society presents their 25th Annual Christmas in the Village. It started 25 years ago as a vision of Nita Downey, Christmas in the Cabin, because at that time the Pioneer Village had only one cabin. But that vision has grown in 25 years to a village within the village of twelve buildings housing the societies collection along with four groups of craftsmen and music of the season. Each year part of the fun for the children is to find Saint Nicholas, yes, in the mid 1800's the Christmas giving spirit was brought by “Saint Nicholas.” Saint Nick's clothing will depict the mid 1800's and we invite families to bring their cameras to take family pictures. Maps will be available at the Downey Pioneer Reception Center that will lead families to the various buildings that are decorated and will share special treats or crafts of the craftsman trade. On Saturday, December 2 the village will be aglow from 6 to 8:30 P.M. Dorothy Hodgdon and family will present Holiday selections playing the 1873 Schantz Organ in the Sheller House. The Caboose Children's Museum will pay tribute to a particular children's item, and this year it is the 1947 Gene Autry song, “Here Comes Santa Claus.” In the Depot, for the train lovers a model train layout will be presented. Take a ride on the “Kid Wagon” to the Mishler Weaving Mill to watch our craftsmen create items; Model-T Museum to view the history of one of the largest produced cars made; and Gift Shop where you may be able to do some last minute shopping. Sunday, December 3 from 1:30 to 4 P.M. gives another view of the decorated village. Again our buildings will be open with craftsmen, docents, and musicians for all to enjoy. In the Sheller House, Lila Smucker will play selections on the 1873 Schantz Organ and treats will be available in several of the buildings. At 3:30 P.M. in the Church of God on Milton St. the Orrville Community Band will present their annual Christmas Concert. Please take the time to stop at the Sheller House and thank Nita Downey for having a vision that brings Christmas in the Village to the Village of Smithville. This event is free to the public, come and create your own Christmas Tradition.
The Mishler Weaving Mill continues to be open
See this report from Margo Stafford on Smithville's Historic Cemeteries.
Progress on the Downey
Pioneer Visitors Center
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 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.
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 Our next meeting on August 7th we will visit the Moreland Community Historical Societies 1897 Township House at 7 P.M. This historical society is the newest in Wayne County which numbers about sixteen societies one of the larger numbers in the state. Before that at 5 P.M. we will have dinner at Broken Rock Café on East Liberty Street in Wooster. Please make your reservations by August 4 with Nita Downey at 330-669-3969 or Harlene Steiner at 330-621-8364.
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.
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.
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