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WEATHERSFIELD – The Mineral Ridge Historical Society has found a new location for a planned exhibit of local history in a house across from the Moss Ancestral Home on Burnett Street.
Marci Buchanan, president of the society, said a former one-story, six-room house across the street will be used for displays of historical objects and artifacts the society has acquired over the years.
She and other members of society have items in their home that are being moved to a new location.
“Everything we have collected over the years, we will try to show it. These are items from Mineral Ridge and the surrounding area. When a business or something closed in the community, we went to get items. We use all the rooms and the interior cupboards of the chests of drawers to display objects”, Buchanan said.
While there are items linked and displayed at the Moss Home, other items will be in the new location. Buchanan said work will be done for the rest of this year to prepare the museum for opening in early 2023.
She said she plans to have different areas of the house devoted to a specific topic such as a classroom, business room, organization and clubs room, local sports and a recreation area. volunteer firefighters and police.
Items include a Methodist church pew, Mineral Ridge business calendars, milk bottles from local farms and dairies, volunteer firefighter items, a miniature log house, pictures, paintings, newspapers, plates and artifacts from the summit area of the township.
Buchanan said the company received items it had never seen before, such as photos of buildings and homes from the community’s past.
“It’s exciting to receive these items that we’ve never heard of before,” she says.
She said they plan to open the house on the same dates as the Moss Ancestral House.
Plans are to also use an old garage for an exhibition area.
Buchanan said there are many school items in Weathersfield: student desks, a student-made school quilt, school photos and yearbooks.
“Some of the items are old, and some are newer and can be shown here,” she says.
There will also be a library-like room with information files and historical records.
Buchanan said that since the historical society was founded, people have been donating items to show them off.
Linda Ference, vice president of the society, said the house is owned by Mary Lou Godleski, who also owns the Moss House, and allows the society to have items on the premises. Buchanan said the company pays for home utilities.
“This is Mary Lou’s home and she allows us to use it to showcase our items.” Buchanan said,
Buchanan and Ference said they had seen the exhibits at other local historical societies in Niles and Girard and wanted to have their own place.
ference said, “It’s nice to be able to have our own place to show the history of the area.” She added that there may be an opening later this year before the official opening in 2023.
Buchanan said she is proudest of the community members who have entrusted the company with their items and continue to contribute parts to them.
“It wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have items given to us,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan said she received a call from a West Virginia resident whose parents live in Mineral Ridge and had items they wanted to donate.
“We are always interested in items that help us preserve the history of Mineral Ridge. Donations will be shown to the public,” Buchanan said.
Over the years, the company was successful in having Ohio historical markers placed in the township, including one by the Kerr Cemetery off Salt Springs Road to highlight the black ore that had been mined in the area.
“It has become much more difficult to get the markers. There are only a limited number of approvals each year. The focus is on national recognition of the site,” Buchanan said.
She said Sue Tietz of the Southington Community Trust had helped in the process of getting a marker and national recognition for the Moss Ancestral Home, which is pending.
“It will be at the Ohio History Connection Board on September 23rd,” she says.
Anyone wishing to donate to the society can call 330-544-1931 or email [email protected]