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.
January 29, 2018 - President William McKinley 175th Birthday Celebration
Poland residents are invited to help the Poland Historical Society celebrate President William McKinley's 175th Birthday on January 29, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Poland Village Town Hall, 308 S. Main St., Poland. After a brief ceremony, birthday cake and hot chocolate will be served. Paul McQueen will portray republican candidate William McKinley and read a portion of McKinley's speech which he gave when 300 Poland citizens visited him at his Canton home while campaigning for President in 1896.
McKinley was born January 29, 1843, to William and Nancy Allison McKinley in Niles, Ohio. The McKinley family moved to Poland, Ohio, in 1852 when William was nine years old because of Poland's reputation for excellent schools. He attended the Poland Academy, later called Poland Seminary, and graduated in 1859 on the site of the current Poland Middle School. In 1861, he volunteered for the Civil War at the age 18 and served with the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was honorably discharged as a Brevetted Major in 1865. He moved to Canton in 1867 and was elected Governor of Ohio in 1892. McKinley was elected the 25th President of the United States in 1896 and re-elected in 1900. On September 6, 1901, William McKinley, was shot by Leon Czolgosz on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. He died from infection from the gunshot wounds on September 14, 1901.
Additional information on the life of William McKinley will be shared during the ceremony.
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.
November 15, 2017 - The Poland Historical Society fundraiser bus trip to Cambridge, Ohio.
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
October 8, 2017 - Open House at Little Red Schoolhouse, 1:00 - 3:00
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.
November 21, 2017 - "History Along the Ohio River"
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.
October 17, 2017 - "Memories of Poland"
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.
September 19, 2017 - "History of Poland Churches"
6:30 pm Meeting at Little Red Schoolhouse. At 7:30 pm, a program "History of Poland Churches" will be presented by Holy Family Catholic Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Poland Village Baptist Church, and Bethel Friends Church.
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”.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.