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Young Historian to speak at Little Red Schoolhouse

March 11, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On March 17, the Poland Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 4515 Center Road (U.S. 224) at 6:30 p.m., following by guest speaker Joe Conroy Jr. who will speak on WWII conflicts. The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Conroy is a student at Canfield High School and is very passionate about history. He loves learning more about World War II in particular and rarely passes up a chance to visit a war museum.

"Every time we go on vacation, we have to plan it around a trip to some kind of museum," said his father Joe Conroy Sr.

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Young historian Joe Conroy Jr. poses outside the World War II museum in New Orleans in December. Conroy has a passion for history and will be the guest speaker at the Little Red Schoolhouse on March 17 when he will speak on WWII Conflicts.

The young Conroy and his father are volunteers at the War Veterans Museum in Canfield. Conroy Jr. serves as a tour guide and is always happy to share his knowledge of the many artifacts the museum displays.

Conroy is also a member of a northeast Ohio WWII reenactment group that stages mock battles based on real history. For the past several years, Conroy has taken part in the D-Day reenactment in Conneaut. It is one of the most realistic and educational annual reenactment of D-Day and June 6, 1944, and the largest World War II reenactment in the United States. It uses actual restored landing craft as well as authentic German and American vehicles. This year, it celebrates the 75th anniversary of the event.

At the War Vets Museum, Conroy has built several displays related to WWII, including a display on the capture of the German Railroad Gun known as the Leopold. Conroy found photos of the Americans standing on its long barrel prior to dismantling it and bringing back to the United States.

Conroy said, "I am really looking forward to giving the talk."

In other business of the Society, President Laurie Fox wanted to remind everyone that the Historical Society license plate frames with Poland's motto " Proud Past, Promising Future" can now be purchased for $5 each at the Village Town Hall, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Society is also announcing plans for fundraising bus trip to Rosco Village in Coschocton, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The cost for the trip is $115 per person which includes all admission fees, lunch and the bus ride. Registration deadline is May 15.

"We expect the bus to fill quickly so register soon," Fox said.

Registration forms can be requested by email to or contact Laurie Fox at 330-536-8850.

The following itinerary for the day promises to be an exciting day for everyone. The bus will leave from the Poland Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Rd (state Route 224) promptly at 7:30 a.m., please arrive by 7:15 a.m. Cars may be left in the back parking lot of the Church.

Upon arrival at Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal town, the group will view a short film on the history of the Village before proceeding on a guided walking tour to visit a working blacksmith, a one-room schoolhouse, a doctor's office and home, and observe craftsmen and artisans at work.

A buffet lunch will be served in the historic Warehouse Restaurant built around 1838. Following lunch there will be time to visit the shops and gardens before relaxing on a narrated horse-drawn canal boat ride and hear stories about life on the canal in the 1800s. We will board the bus for the return trip to Poland at 5:15 p.m.



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