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Smithville Community Historical Society,
P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669-9308 
Last updated 17 Feb 2017
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 Welcome to the Smithville Community Historical Society online.

 
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

Dan Kauffman 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.

 

Buildings Index

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 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.

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.:
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.


Under construction

 

Downey Pioneer Reception Center aka the new log house.   
All of the windows in the Downey Pioneer Reception Center will be made
by hand with glass that is over 100 years old and donated by members of the society.
It is a bit further along than this pic shows but work has stopped until the weather is good.


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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