Poland Township Government, 3339 Dobbins Road, Poland, OH 44514
Phone: 330.757.0733
Poland Township Government
3339 Dobbins Road, Poland, OH 44514
Phone: 330.757.0733

Poland Historical Society Events & News

You are welcome to come to our monthly meetings and see what we are all about. We always need new ideas and input from people of all ages to continue the effort of preserving Poland’s heritage.

Business meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Rd., (Rt. 224 and Struthers Rd. intersection), Poland Township, Ohio.

Following the meeting, a planned program usually relating to the history of Poland begins at 7:30 p.m. Our programs are often presented by historical buffs from our community as well as speakers from Mahoning County Historical Society, Struthers Historical Society, William Holmes McGuffy Historical Society, and speakers from our community who wanted to tell us about their involvement with our township in the past. They have a wealth of information.

We encourage you to attend the meetings and bring a friend to share stories, check out our displays, meet neighbors, make new friends and enjoy some refreshments.

 

Upcoming Events

November 15, 2017 - The Poland Historical Society is planning a fundraiser bus trip to Cambridge, Ohio for Wednesday, November 15th. This is an all day trip. (leave Poland at 9:00 a.m., return to Poland around 8:00 p.m.).  Call 330-536-6877 for more information.
Cost is $85 per person.
Some things we'll see and do during the trip:
1) Downtown Dickens Victorian Village where 186 mannequins dressed for the period at Christmas time.
2) Kennedy's Bakery - favorite sweet place in town
3) Guernsey County Historical Society - "Coal Miners Christmas" story in a one-room school
4) Lunch on your own at Theo's a favorite home-cooking style restaurant
5) Downtown shopping in unique shops and close-up visit with the mannequins
6) Cambridge Glass Museum
7) Dickens Courthouse light show. Over 55,000 lights synchronized to holiday music

September 19, 2017 - 6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse.  At 7:30 pm, a program "History of Poland Churches" will be presented.

October 8, 2017 - Open House at Little Red Schoolhouse, 1:00 - 3:00

October 17, 2017 - 6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse.  At 7:30 pm, a program "Memories of Poland" will be discussed by a panel of citizens.

November 21, 2017 - 6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse.  At 7:30 pm, a program "History Along the Ohio River" will be presented by Ted Heineman.

 

The Poland Historical Highlights (1796 - 1966) - $10, and Poland Historical Highlights (1966 - 2016) - $15 historical writings and photos of Poland, and Early 1900 postcards of Poland - quantity 11 for $10 will be available for sale during the evening.

 Membership dues for 2017 ($10 per person) can be mailed to the Poland Historical Society, PO Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514 or given to Treasurer Joanne Eiselstein at the meeting. Checks should be made payable to Poland Historical Society.

Past Events

August 13, 2017 - Open House at Little Red Schoolhouse, 1:00 - 3:00

July 9, 2017 - Open House at Little Red Schoolhouse, 1:00 - 3:00

June 30 - July 1, 2017 - Celebrate Poland

June 11, 2017 - Open House at Little Red Schoolhouse, 1:00 - 3:00

October 9, 2016 - OPEN HOUSE and Fall Fun Fest with pumpkin painting at Little Red Schoolhouse 1 - 3 pm.

August 14, 2016 - OPEN HOUSE at Little Red Schoolhouse 1 - 3 pm.

July 10, 2016 - OPEN HOUSE at Little Red Schoolhouse 1 - 3 pm.

June 25, 2016 - Poland Historical Society Dedication of Poland Village and Town Hall Ohio Historical Marker at 11:00 am.

June 12, 2016 - OPEN HOUSE at Little Red Schoolhouse 1 - 3pm.

May 14, 2016 - The Poland Historical Society will dedicate the Little Red Schoolhouse / Poland Township Ohio Historical Marker at 11:00 am.  The dedication will be held at the Little Red Schoolhouse at Rt 224 and Struthers road. Come and enjoy the program.

Tuesday December 15, 2015, 6:30pm - Historical Society Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner at the Little Red Schoolhouse on December 15th for members and spouse or guest. This will be a potluck dinner with members providing a casserole or salad. The Historical Society will provide Ham, Desserts, Beverage and table setups.

 Sunday October 11, 2015 - Little Red Schoolhouse Open House  and Fall Fest and Pumpkin Painting  from 1 -3 PM

The Poland Historical Society will host a Fall Open House at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1:00-3:00 p.m. This free activity is open to public and gives visitors an opportunity see the inside of the Schoolhouse and the many historical items on display. Children will be able to paint a pumpkin and enjoy various games and activities.

Saturday October 3, 2015 - "Dressed for the Day" at the Poland Presbyterian Church  from 1 -3 PM
 
Click on the following link to download and print the flyer
 
Sunday, June 14, July 12 and August 9, 2015 - Little Red Schoolhouse Open House  from 1 -3 PM
 
The Poland Historical Society will open the doors for free tours of the Little Red Schoolhouse located at the corner Center Rd. (Rt. 224) and Struthers Rd., in Poland Township on the second Sunday of each month during the summer. The public is invited to visit the Schoolhouse on June 14, July 12, and August 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
 
As part of “Celebrate Poland”, the Historical Society will provide walking tours of the Village graveyard next to the Poland Presbyterian Church, 2 Poland Manor, on Friday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. A small bus and walking tour of the Poland Riverside Cemetery to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the cemetery will be offered at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, June 27th. The Historical Society will have a display tent located near the Village Hall on Saturday, June 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to learn some Poland history and view some of the items from the Schoolhouse.

 Past Programs

May 16, 2017 - "History of Mill Creek Park"

6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30 pm, a program "History of Mill Creek Park" will be presented by Mark Duolak.

April 18, 2017 - "William Holmes McGuffey History"

6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30 pm, a program "Tales From the Graveyard II" will be presented by Dave Smith.

March 21, 2017 - "William Holmes McGuffey History"

6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30 pm, a program "Rafting on the Ohio River" will be presented by Ted Heineman.

February 21, 2017 - "William Holmes McGuffey History"

Poland Historical Society meeting at 6:30 pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30pm, a program "William Holmes McGuffey History" will be presented by Regina Rees.

January 17, 2017 - "Time Travel Through Poland"

Poland Historical Society meeting at 6:30 pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30pm, a program "Time Travel Through Poland" will be presented by Dave Smith, Laurie Fox, Mary Ina Jones, Christa Buckler, and Larry Baughman. This program will highlight some major events that have occurred over the past 220 year history of Poland. The program has been developed to present to the six 3rd grade classes at Dobbins Elementary on January 23, 2017 as they study the community of Poland. The students will travel back through the "Poland Time Tunnel" to 1796 where they will begin their journey back to 2017 and be enriched by the history of Poland as they exit the "Tunnel".

November 15, 2016 - "Following the Fowlers: From Connecticut to Poland to Canfield"

November 15, 2016 - 6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30 pm, a program "Following the Fowlers: From Connecticut to Poland to Canfield" will be presented by Dave Smith, Ted Heineman and Larry Baughman. This program will reveal the relationships, successes and hardships of three pioneer families; Jonathan Fowler, his son Chauncey Fowler, and Jonathan's grandson Henry Manning Fowler.

October 18, 2016 - "Mahoning Dispatch"

Poland Historical Society meeting at 6:30 pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30pm, Suzie McCabe, President-Canfield Historical Society will present the history of the Mahoning Dispatch Newspaper founded and run by Henry Manning Fowler, grandson of Jonathan Fowler.

September 18, 2016 - "The Idora Park Experience"

Poland Historical Society meeting at 6:30 pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse. The "Idora Park Experience" program will be presented at 7:30 pm by Jim and Toni Amey who have a vast collection of Idora Park artifacts and Memorablilia.

May 17, 2016 - Civil War Medicine

Poland Historical Society meeting at 6:30 pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse with “Civil War Medicine” program beginning at 7:30 pm.
Cassie Nespor from The Melnick Medical Museum of YSU will provide a slide show presentation on Civil War Medicine and the advances in medicine that happened due to the War. There will be displays of artifacts from that time period, including an amputation kit, anesthesia equipment and lancets.

April 19, 2016 - History of the Blackburn Home

At 7:30 pm, Connie Daugherty will present a program on the history of The Blackburn Home.

March 15, 2016 - History of Idora Park

At 7:30 pm, Rick Shale, author of the “Last Ride of the Summer”, will present a program on the History of Idora Park. He will have copies of the book available for sale. Shale, a retired YSU English teacher, also co-authored “Historic Mill Creek Park”.

Jan 19, 2016 - Poland's Four Oldest Churches
 
January 19, 2016 - Poland Historical Society meeting at 6:30 pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse with “Poland’s Oldest Churches” program beginning at 7:30 pm.
Representatives from four of Poland Township’s oldest churches will present a history of their churches along with some photo images.
The churches include Poland Presbyterian, Poland United Methodist, Gospel Baptist Church, and Struthers Parkside Church.
Gospel Baptist Church began by holding services at the Little Red Schoolhouse while the Parkside Church originated from an earlier church at Poland Center.
 
Nov 17, 2015 - Horses, Hoses and Helmets: Firefighting in Poland from 1923 to the Present

At 7:30 p.m., The Poland Historical Society will hold its November meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Western Reserve Joint Fire District's Station #91 located at 111 S. Main St. in Poland Village.  The business meeting will be at 6:30 followed by a program presented by Chief David Comstock, Jr.  "Chip" Comstock will outline the progression of firefighting in Poland Village and Township from 1923 up through the present time.  He will discuss the creation of one of the first joint fire districts in Ohio and the methodology of service delivery to village and township residents.  A tour of the fire station in the Village and modern technology used in firefighting will be included.

Oct. 20, 2015 - Poland Schools - Past, Present, Future

The program at 7:30 will be a presentation by Ken Ekis, Director of Operations for the Poland Local Schools.  Ekis is a Poland graduate and has spent the past 43 years working in various school districts.  He will highlight the rich traditions of the Poland Schools, where the school district currently stands with enrollment, staffing and conditions of the school buildings.  He will also discuss the opportunity Poland voters have to make a very important decision that will impact the community and the children for the next 50 year.
 
Sept. 15, 2015 - History of Carbon Limestone and How the Garbage Business Has Changed

At 7:30 pm, Michael Heher, Division Manger of Republic Services Carbon Limestone Landfill,  will be the speaker and will present the History of Carbon Limestone and How the Garbage  Business Has Changed. Coincidentally, Michael will achieve 41 years of service with Republic Services on September 15.

Michael is also an avid Genealogist and has been doing genealogy research for over 40 years.  He has served as President three different times for the Mahoning Co. Chapter of Ohio Genealogical Society.  He also is a member of  seven Genealogical Societies in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
During his presentation he will also touch on some of his experiences on genealogy.

May 19, 2015 - Tour of Poland Woods
At 6:00 PM, Jack and Gwen Shipsky led the historical society members on an excellent tour of Poland Woods.  At about 7:30 PM, the meeting was held at the Zedaker Pavillion where strawberry shortcake refreshments were provided by Christina Roussos and Tim Woods.
 
Apr 21, 2015 - Changes in Education and Poland Schools

At 7:30 PM, Barbara Stacy, who spent the last 30 years of her 40 year career teaching Family Consumer Science, and Larry Bartos who spent 39 years teaching Engish at Poland High School will reflect on their nearly 80 years teaching at Poland.  They will present a glimpse of the many changes in education and the  Poland Schools that they experienced.

Mar 17, 2015 - Poland Municipal Forest  aka  "Poland Woods"

At 7:30 p.m., Elinor Zedaker, chairman of the Poland Municipal Forest board, will present highlights of the Forest, also called the Poland Woods. It is considered as a magical place resplendent with natural beauty throughout the year. From its beginnings and continuing through preservation and maintenance efforts, it remains a unique destination for residents and visitors. Learn more about the forest and share your own stories, too.

Feb 17, 2015 - Lee's Academy & Poland Schools
Mark Covell will have a presentation about one of Poland's founding families, the Lee family. The Lees began their storied history in Poland with their move to the Western Reserve in 1802. He will talk about B. F. Lee's life-long passion to bring an institution of higher learning to his hometown. His inspiration lead to the founding of Lee's Academy in 1855, on the very site where Mark currently serves as principal of The Poland Middle School. The presentation will include information about early education in Poland, and the value that Poland residents have always placed on education through the evolution of Lee's Academy into the original Poland Seminary. There will be plenty of historic documents and photos of early Poland to share with those in attendance.

Jan 20, 2015 - The Inn at the Green

The Society's first program of the new year begins at 7:30 p.m. with Ginny and Steve Meloy's presentation about the Inn at the Green in Poland Village. Steve will discuss the history of the Inn and the John Arrel family including his son, Walter, who built the house around 1876. Ginny will talk about their operation of the Inn. The Inn remains a charming Bed & Breakfast at 500 S. Main St., Poland, owned and operated by Kathleen & Mark Lyda of Poland.

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