Poland Historical Society Celebrates 40 Years

POLAND, Ohio — To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Poland Historical Society is hosting a public reception Aug. 11 at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

In an effort to preserve the schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road, the organization formed in 1979 under the leadership of Betty Jones. The historical society signed a 99-year lease agreement with Poland Local Schools board of education for $1 a year. Over the next 12 years, the organization worked to restore the schoolhouse, including a new kitchen, restrooms and storage using a federal grant and community donations.

The building was dedicated on Sept. 20, 1987 and the addition was completed in 1991, according to a release from the historical society, which is still actively involved in maintaining the building and its grounds. This year, the organization gave the building a fresh coat of paint, restored its bell tower, added parking spaces and completed landscaping work.

The celebration event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The event includes tours of the Little Red Schoolhouse, as well as hot dogs, popcorn, sweets and beverages.

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