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Munroe Falls Historical Society: Mission Statement
The purpose of Munroe Falls Historical Society is to promote interest in the history of Munroe Falls; to make historical information about the community available to the public; and to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historical data and artifacts pertaining to the history of Munroe Falls and the surrounding community.
 
Munroe Falls Historical Society: A Brief History
On March 31, 1976, twelve Munroe Falls residents met at the village town hall to discuss the need for an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving the oral history, records, and artifacts relating to the history of their community.  By mid-June, a constitution was adopted and officers elected.  Munroe Falls Historical Society was officially chartered by the state of Ohio as a non profit 501(c)(3) organization on September 15, 1976.  Twenty-two members joined Munroe Falls Historical Society during 1976 under the leadership of President: John Koshar; Vice-President: Sue Campana; Secretary: Saima Scott;  Treasurer: Marilyn Lown, and directors: Carl Donaldson, Mildred Grubb, and Mazine Kline.

One of the first projects of the organization was to produce a history of Munroe Falls' community for Stow Schools.  By 1980, work was completed on the 63-page illustrated History of the Village of Munroe Falls, Ohio.  By far the most difficult undertaking by Munroe Falls Historical Society, was the restoration of the bell and bell tower atop City Hall.  Members worked together to conduct a massive fundraiser.  Donations solicited from Munroe Falls' residents and businesses combined with Federal revenue sharing funds to pay the architectural and construction costs.

Other worthy accomplishments by the Society over the years include the operation of the Munroe Falls Historical Museum and Library, and Riverview School third grade tours of the museum.  The most recent accomplishment was the placement of an Ohio Historical Marker at Brust Park to commemorate the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal that followed the route of the present railroad through Munroe Falls.

Munroe Falls Historical Society: Meetings & Programs
  • • Munroe Falls Historical Society meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers.
  • • Programs sponsored by the historical society are relevant to the preservation of local history as well as an exchange of knowledge about the history of Munroe Falls, Summit County and Ohio.
General Information: Membership
The Munroe Falls Historical Society Membership Campaign is now underway.  You are invited to support the Society's goals of collecting and preserving the history of Munroe Falls.

As a member of Munroe Falls Historical Society, you are investing in efforts to preserve the heritage of Munroe Falls and assist the Society in its many endeavors:
  • • fostering ongoing research of Munroe Falls
  • • maintaining a local history museum and library
  • • providing historically significant programs open to the public
  • • publishing the Olde Heritage newsletter
  • placing markers at historically significant locations within the community
Memberships begin January 1 of each year and end December 31.  Checks should be made payable to Munroe Falls Historical Society. 
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Your support is appreciated. Download the membership form here . (word.doc 24kb)

General Infomation: Identifying and Marking Historic Sites
On Saturday, April 8, 2000, an Ohio Historic Marker was unveiled near the site where the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal followed a route through Munroe Falls. The east-west feeder canal ran from New Castle, Pennsylvania through Youngstown, Niles, Warren, Newton Falls, Ravenna, Franklin Mills (Kent) Munroe Falls, and Cuyahoga Falls to downtown Akron where it connected with the Ohio and Erie Canal.

Munroe Falls Historical Society hosted the marker dedication ceremony, which was followed by a reception at Munroe Falls Historical Museum.  A canal exhibit featuring a collection of over-sized photos, and books and maps, and a life-size model of a canal boat living quarters was on display.

Keynote speaker for the marker dedication ceremony was Dan Rice, Executive Director of the Akron-based Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor Coalition.  Also participating in the event were Andy J. Verhoff from Ohio Historical Society, State Representative Kevin Coughlin and Munroe Falls Mayor Brad Sisak.  In addition, second graders from Riverview School in Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools sang several songs pertaining to the canal and Cuyahoga River.

The marker is located in Munroe Falls Brust Park on the north side of the Cuyahoga River next to the Metro Parks bike trail.

General Information: Educational Role Within the Community
Munroe Falls Historical Society takes an active role within the community to provide educational programs and activities for both children and adults:
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  • • Interpretation of Munroe Falls' history to students
  • • Old-time games for children at the Society's annual Historical Days event
  • Ohio Bicentennial quilt project with students at a local elementary school
  • • Historically significant programs open to the public
  • • Publishing a commemorative history of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal to coordinate with the placement of an Ohio Historic Marker in Munroe Falls.
 
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