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Poland Historical Society plans 40th anniversary celebration

August 7, 2019
The Town Crier

In 1979, the Poland Township Historical Society was formed by a group of Poland citizens under the leadership of Betty Jones in an effort to preserve Poland's Little Red Schoolhouse. The primary focus of the newly formed Historical Society was to preserve the Schoolhouse and Poland's history for future citizens of Poland Village and Poland Township.

The Schoolhouse was built in 1858 and used to hold classes for children in the Poland Center area until 1915. Over the years following the closing of the school, the building was used occasionally by various social organizations, church meetings and storage. Eventually lack of consistent maintenance took a toll on the building and it was in danger of being sold or torn down. Since it was still owned by the Poland Local School District a lease agreement between the newly formed Historical Society and the Poland Local Board of Education was arranged for $1 per year for a period of 99 years beginning in 1979. Over the next 12 years, the original Schoolhouse was restored both inside and out along with an addition of a kitchen, restrooms, and storage rooms with the help of a Federal Grant and many donations of money and time from the community. The building was dedicated on Sept. 20, 1987 and the addition was completed in 1991.

Since the completion of the building, the Poland Historical Society is still actively involved in maintaining the building and the grounds. This year, the building has received fresh paint, restored bell tower, additional parking spaces, and new landscaping with the help of generous donations and many hours of volunteer help. The Society also provides historical programs to the public. The Poland Historical Society is dedicated to procuring and displaying artifacts related to Poland's place in history as Town 1, Range 1 in the Connecticut Western Reserve. Educational programs and lectures concerning a variety of local history are offered by the Historical Society.

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The old 1858 school house, known as Poland’s Little Red Schoolhouse, was in danger of being torn down due to lack of consistent maintenance in the early 1970s.

In celebration of the Historical Society's 40th anniversary, the Schoolhouse will be open to the public on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to tour the inside of the Schoolhouse and enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, sweet treat, and beverage provided by the members of the Historical Society.

For anyone who may have old documents of historic value to the society, they can bring them during the open house and a society member will have a scanner to make a copy for the archives. This includes any photos or news items.



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