Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fall bus trip details announced -- President Garfield!

We are excited to announce that plans for our annual Fall Bus Trip have been finalized!

President Garfield's Home at Lakefield

President James A. Garfield

Garfield Monument at Lakeview Cemetery


We will be visiting Lakeview Cemetery, Little Italy, and the James A. Garfield National Historic Site on Friday October 2.

A step-on guide will be boarding our coach for a relaxing trip through Lakeview Cemetery.  We will be able to get off the bus at the Garfield Monument and Wade Chapel.

Lunch will be at the Trattoria in Little Italy.  We will pick that day from the following menu:

  • Linguine with meatballs or sausage
  • Chicken Parmesan with pasta
  • Salmon with vegetables and pasta
  • Meat or cheese ravioli

All entrees include bread, house salad, spumoni, iced tea or coffee (pop and alcohol extra)

We will end our day with a visit to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site with a guided tour of his home.


Space is limited, so sign up today.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Field trip season!


Our grounds look look like this pretty much every day in May!

This time of year is an "all hands on deck" kind of affair.  While I don't personally give tours, I help organize and greet the groups, particularly if Chris has to give a tour.  Someone has to help "direct traffic," as I call it, especially if the teacher or school has never been here before.

It's exciting to see their expectant little faces as they come into the building.  They ALL want to know what the pendulum is.  Two kids are always carrying a box full of lunches that appear to weigh more than they do.  The teachers check in and get their schedules.  And then....they're off!

It's amazing to me how quiet things get as soon as the groups are where they need to go.  The lobby can be chaotic as they get themselves organized, but even with 200+ kids in the building, it sounds like no one is here once they start their tours!

If you're planning to visit us during this busy time, the following article might help you navigate your way around the kids:

Museum Field Trip Tips for Visitors

Thank you to all of our volunteer docents in History and Discover World, who guide these kiddos through our spaces.  We very much appreciate all of your help.  We litereally COULD NOT do this without you.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sheila Markley Black exhibit in the Repository today

We are thrilled that there was a fantastic article in today's Respository about The Sheila Markley Black Collection!

In the photo Sheila is wearing this dress, which is front and center in the Keller Gallery!


If you haven't been in to see this amazing collection of gorgeous dresses, we hope to see you soon.


Sponsored by:


Congratulations Mark and Alyson!


Our Archivist Mark Holland got married on Saturday! 

We couldn't be happier for him.  He and Alyson have waited a long time for this -- it is a first marriage for both of them.

The service was just beautiful.  Both sets of parents have passed away, and I was very much struck by how the priest referenced them during the ceremony.  Both couples loved to dance, so in the very beginning of the service, he said that they were dancing up in heaven.

Chris and Mark have been friends for a long time, and Chris was extremely honored when Mark asked him to be a groomsmen.  This is the first time Chris has been in a wedding that he did NOT have to play the piano for! 

Mark's Best Man was his niece Jennifer, with whom he is very close.  She wore a black dress to "blend in" with the tuxes on the groom's side, but wore a watermelon pink sash, the same color as the bridesmaids.  It was perfect.

Of COURSE they had pictures taken at the Monument between the wedding and the reception!  Since Chris wrote the book about the Monument, it was surreal for him to be standing on the steps having his picture taken.

Life works in mysterious ways.  So many things had to line up just perfectly for these two to meet.  Stephanie, our volunteer coordinator, actually introduced them.  She worked with Alyson at the Massillon Public Library.  God got a lot of credit during the ceremony, but Jennifer gave a "shout out" to Stephanie during her Best Man's speech at the reception.  I told Steph that she was like an archangel. :-)

Everyone at the Museum is just thrilled for them.  Alyson has become a volunteer here, so she's at most of our special events.  We wish them a lifetime of health and happiness! 

(And we hope Alyson will wear her dress in the Bridal Show next year!)

Here are a few photos:

Chris before the wedding
Me before the wedding
Alyson's oldest brother gave her away
The happy couple just after the ceremony!
Mark is a Civil War re-enactor, so they were able to get this cool sword exit from the church!
The back of Alyson's dress
Pictures afterwards
The whole bridal party





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FREE newspaper workshop in June


Did you know decades’ worth of many of Ohio’s historic newspapers, including the Stark County Democrat from 1868 to 1910, are available for free online?

From students to genealogists to historians to the everyday user, newspapers have always been a valuable resource providing contemporary analysis of events, people and society, clues to family histories and much more.

Join Jenni Salamon of the Ohio History Connection, to learn how you can access and use Ohio’s historic newspapers through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Bridal Show 2015

Whew!  It's over!

And what a smashing success it was.  We had a wonderful time on Saturday!  The dresses were lovely, the stories were touching, and the food was out of this world.

Here are just a few photos from the event.  Check out our Facebook page for a TON more.  Thank you to volunteer Dick Conde for really capturing the feeling of the show for us!

Chris and me before the show

Volunteer Judy Gouge

Chris provides live piano music for the pre-party and the show

The basket raffle, organized by Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Span

Beth Russ and Cindy Sober.  They work in the Museum Shoppe, and Cindy is in charge of the models and dressers for the show.

Spinning the wheel for prizes during the pre-party

Brunch throughout the Museum
Brunch throughout the Museum

Catering by Mr. Mike's

Our French theme!

I'm the MC for the show

Halle wearing the earliest dress in this year's show -- it's from 1901!

Treve Aeiling's family group.  Her mom's dress from the 1930s is out on the runway here.  Hannah is wearing Treva's dress from the 1960s, Kaity is wearing Treva's mom's Mother of the Bride dress, and Lynette is wearing Treva's daughter's dress from 2009.

Halle wearing a dress from the 1940s

Lisa wearing her grandmother's dress from the 1950s

Corie wearing a blue tea-length wedding dress from the 1950s

Tina wearing a dress from the 1950s

Volunteer Barb Hoskins's family group -- including dresses that belonged to Barb, her sister, her aunt, and her daughter-in-law

Carleen wearing her own dress from 2013!  She was our grand finale.  Her bouquet was purple flowers that she covered with antique brooches, pendants, and earrings.  It was GORGEOUS!