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Library group, historical society seeking members

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In 2010, I walked into the Mogadore branch library with the intention of borrowing some books, when the librarian asked me if I was interested in joining the Friends group. I didn’t know the term, so I asked him what the group Friends was. She explained that each branch library in the Akron-Summit County Public Library system had a group of people who helped with fundraisers for that particular branch. I thought this group seemed like a group I could support, and I joined and became their board secretary.

Now, 12 years later, I am president of the group and very proud of the work we do to support the library. Some of the items the Friends of Mogadore have helped purchase are tables and storage benches for the Reading Garden Patio, Baby Time toys, a phone charging station for library patrons, a pop-up tent used for the programming, elementary school book donations, Summer Reading Program t-shirts, July Festival candy, guest speaker support, and Alumni Day dinner support fighters.

The most successful fundraisers for the library are book sales, which take place at the branch in March and October. Funds from these sales go directly to support the library. The next sale at the Mogadore branch will take place on Saturday March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, March 4, there will be a preview for Friends members from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Books, CDs, books on CD, puzzles and DVDs are all sold at reasonable prices.

Please take the time to stop by and visit the sale on March 4th and 5th. Your membership fees can be prepaid at the library and cost as little as $3 for seniors. Your support is encouraged. You can donate books for sale, join the group of friends and become more active in helping your local library. If you have any questions about becoming a friend, please feel free to contact me at the email address listed at the end of this column.

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Another group seeking active members is the Société historique de Mogadore. The Mogadore Historical Society was established in the 1930s by a group of locals whose mission was to record the stories of the families who lived in the village. In the 1980s and 1990s, a new group of society members held monthly meetings and invited guest speakers to speak to interested guests about themes, events, businesses, and the history of the area. In 1989, the Mills-Kreiner House, originally located near Route 224, was moved to the current property at 87 S. Cleveland Ave. on a given piece of land with the help of fundraisers and donations. Then the society received a state grant which enabled the Norfolk and Western Railroad depot to be placed on the property behind the society house. As its members aged and passed away, most in 2010, the society seemed to shrink along with its members.

In 2013, a group of interested residents decided to meet and restore society, promote an interest in Mogadore’s history, and renew an interest in its future. One of the first ventures to do so included several trips to historical societies in the region, to learn and understand their missions, examine their artifacts, and ask questions to help better understand the direction that would most help the Society. The Mills-Kreiner House was turned into a museum, following many protocols put in place by local museums, including cataloging and appraising all artifacts held inside.

The largest room in the main house showcases the businesses of Mogadore. The community hall features artifacts from civic and military organizations in the village. Another room houses school and church artifacts, displaying images of old and new buildings, curricula, clothing, school and church items. On the second floor is an art/fashion room displaying several clothing donations from different eras.

The upper floor of the depot contains police and fire department items, while the cargo room contains artifacts used in agriculture and dairy farming. The lower level of the depot has been converted into a meeting room in one half, while the other half contains a fantastic display of model trains on their tracks that pass through a miniature village and mountain.

The Historical Society participates in events that take place in the community, including the Fall Community Fair and Christmas in the Village in December. However, their biggest fundraiser is the soup and sandwich dinners which will be held on the second Wednesday of March and April this spring. The first lunch is Wednesday, March 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We hope you can come for lunch or order takeout. This company will deliver within the limits of the village of Mogadore. For any questions, please email me at the email address at the end of this column.

If you have any donations you would like to make to the society, or if you have questions about membership, you can contact me at the email address below, or contact the curator, Nancy Bauer, at 330- 351-3840.

For Mogadore news, please contact Barb Bauer at [email protected]