By Diana Cathan
What’s happening with Middlefield Historical Society (MHS)? Here are a few updates.
MHS recently held its annual meeting and banquet. Following a delicious dinner catered by Ferroni’s Allegro, our neighboring coffee shop, the members elected officers and trustees for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which runs from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31. The evening was capped by a fascinating multi-media presentation by local historian and author Julie Thompson, with several accomplices enacting scenes from her recently released book related to the Last Great Train Robbery, which happened in nearby Garrettsville during the Great Depression.
The MHS Festival of Trees is an every-other-year event scheduled for even years only with plans for 2020 already under way. Although the MHS board takes a break from formal meetings during December, January and February, planning for future activities will be continuing behind the scenes throughout the winter months.
MHS memberships are also coordinated with the fiscal year, so it is now time for membership renewal. New recruits are always welcome. If interested in joining MHS, leave your name and phone number at 440-632-0400 and our secretary will be glad to send out an information packet, along with a membership form. Memberships are only $15 per year for individuals, $10 per year for seniors 60 plus and $25 per year for families. MHS also has several other levels of memberships available for those who wish to donate more. You need not be a resident of Middlefield. Former residents, people who work here but reside elsewhere, or anyone with other ties to Middlefield are most welcome to join. MHS memberships actually include people residing in many other states from coast to coast.
We also welcome those who would like to get involved in other ways. If you love to decorate for the holiday season, it may be fun to help with our Festival of Trees. If you hope to encourage creativity in school-age children, you may enjoy helping with our annual Student Art Show. If you love garage/yard/rummage sale shopping, you may want to shop or make donations or help set up our annual garage sale. Would you like to volunteer at The Depot? Do you have any other type of expertise that could assist Middlefield Historical Society? That would be welcome also.
Middlefield Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Middlefield. In addition, the MHS board maintains the 1818 Century Inn, oldest structure in Middlefield, the 1910 Depot and the B&O caboose, which are all located on the society’s property in downtown Middlefield. Century Inn tours for small groups of about five to ten people can be scheduled through the secretary by leaving a message at 440-632-0400. The street address is 14979 South State Avenue (Rt. 608) just south of Rt. 87. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1100, Middlefield, OH 44062. Watch for details on upcoming 2020 events.