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Poland unveils seventh historical marker

Commemorates village, town hall

June 23, 2016
Special to the Town Crier , The Town Crier

A new Ohio Historical Marker, sponsored by the Poland Historical Society, Poland Village and The Ohio History Connection, will be unveiled Saturday during Celebrate Poland festivities.

The dedication program begins 11 a.m. at the gazebo next to town hall. This is the seventh historical marker in Poland and commemorates the incorporation of Poland Village in 1866 and also the town hall, which was built as a private residence in 1845.

Poland's history of early settlers in the village dates back to 1796. Poland residents are proud of the long history and the many generations that continue to live in this town. The people continue to preserve their history and maintain its historical quality for future generations.

Following the dedication program, people can stop by the historical society's tent near the town hall to view some items from Poland's historical past. The society also will have copies of the ''Poland Historical Highlights'' books for sale.

The first book is a reproduction of ''Poland's Historical Highlights, 1796-1966'' book originally published in 1966.

To honor Poland's sesquicentennial in 2016, the Poland Historical Society published a supplemental history book to the original ''Poland Historical Highlights,'' which covers Poland's history from 1866 to 1966. The cost is $10 for a reprint of the book published in 1966 and $15 for the new book covering some of Poland's history over the past 50 years.

On May 14, the Poland Historical Society hosted the unveiling and dedication of Poland's sixth Ohio Historical Marker and the 43rd marker in Mahoning County. One side of the marker commemorates Poland Township as the first township surveyed in the New Connecticut Western Reserve, and the other side was dedicated to the Little Red Schoolhouse as a 19th century one-room school building.

The marker was sponsored by the Poland Historical Society, Poland Township trustees and the Ohio History Connection.

The new marker recognizes the historic significance of the town hall building as a home built before 1850. In 1962, the village of Poland, with donations from the community, converted the home to town hall. It also housed the village library and jail.

The opposite side of the marker commemorates the incorporation of Poland Village 150 years ago.

One year after the end of the Civil War, the residents of Poland sent a petition to the Mahoning County commissioners asking to form an incorporated village. On August 7, 1866, the village residents met in college hall and approved incorporation, separating from Poland Township.



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