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Historical Society offering paintings from local artist

December 11, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Poland Historical Society is excited to announce their newest fundraising items. They are offering three beautiful prints, painted by local artist Linda Clark. The paintings arrived in time for the holidays and can be purchased from the Historical Society.

Clark grew up in Poland and always loved the historic homes and buildings along with the beauty of nature found in the Poland Municipal Forest, or as it is also known as, Poland Woods. "She has captured the beauty of Poland's history in each of her paintings," said Poland Histortical Society President Laurie Fox.

The first print from Clark is the Little Red Schoolhouse, built in 1858. She captured the structure as it looked on a winter day after restoration a few years ago.

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Regina Rees, Vice-President of the Poland Historical Society, and Joanne Eiselstein, Treasurer, display the three Poland prints available for purchase at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

In the second painting, Clark focused on Poland Main Street by completing a collage of nine of the 19th century homes on Main Street, which are still inhabited today. Included in the painting are the Nesbitt House (1845), Dr. Eli Mygatt House (1846), Fitch Kirtland House (1850), Lee's Female Academy (1849), Robert L. Walker House (1876), Turhand Hall House (1850), Kirtland Hine House (1845) with Nell Hine Playhouse (1890), Augdon House (1840), and the Walter Arrel House (1876).

The third work is the "Historic Sites of Poland" that includes the Little Red Schoolhouse (1858), Poland Presbyterian Church (1897), Poland Farmers Deposit and Savings Bank (1875), Old Post Office (1850) currently the Village Pantry, Clock Tower (1999),Poland Village Town Hall, Peterson Park (2006), Fowlers Olde Stone Tavern (1804), The Old Dormitory (1846) incorporated in the Poland Public Library (2002), The Centennial Garden (1966) revitalized in 2007, and the R. Hall House (1879).

Both of Clark's collage paintings also include Poland's famous bluebells found in Poland Woods.

The prints are 10" x 14" and cost $35 each. They are ready to be matted and framed by the individual buyer.

The three art prints will be offered along with the society's other offerings that include license plate frames and books. The white and blue license plate frames show Poland pride throughout the community by using Poland's new motto: "Poland, Ohio - Proud Past, Promising Future". The price of each frame is $5.

The final offering is the "Poland Historical Highlights" books. There are two volumes, the first of which covers highlights from the era of 1796-1966 and costs $10. The second volume covers highlights in the 1966-2016 time frame and is $15. Both books are filled with Poland's history and many photos.

All items, license plate frames, books, and prints can be mailed upon request along with prepayment for item plus shipping and handling charge of $5.00 each print, $3.50 each book, and $3.50 each frame. Fox said simply make checks payable to Poland Historical Society, mail to PO Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514. Questions may be directed to the Society's answering machine at 330-536-6877 and a member will return the call or contact Fox at 330-536-8850.

For the month of December, The Little Red Schoolhouse located at 4515 Center Rd. (Rt. 224 at Struthers Rd.) in Poland Township will be open to the public on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Fox said it will be an opportunity to purchase any of the items in time to give for Christmas gifts.

Members of the Historical Society will celebrate Christmas together during dinner at the Poland Library on Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Members who plan to attend but haven't RSVP'd may contact Fox at 330-536-8850 by Dec. 14.

Joanne Eiselstein will accept renewal membership dues at the Christmas dinner. Renewals should include name, address, phone number and email with exact cash or check made payable to Poland Historical Society in an envelope. Renewal dues are currently $10 for the year until Dec. 31, 2019. Dues will increase to $20 per person/$30 per couple effective Jan. 1, 2020.



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