Preservation Is Progress!
Preservation Is Progress!
Annual membership dues to the society are just $30 for singles, $50 for families. Please join us to help preserve Canfield's history for future generations. Checks made out to Canfield Historical Society can be sent to PO Box 3, Canfield, OH 44406.
September 21st Fall Lecture
Our Canfield Historical Society Fall Lecture Series kicks off with Stacey L. Adger on Thursday, September 21st at 6pm. Using her family as an example, join Mahoning Valley Historical Society board member and Mahoning County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society vice president Stacey Adger as she takes us through census, church records and an assortment of other documents to explore the events and circumstances which brought her family and other African Americans to the Mahoning Valley.
The lecture is FREE (although donations are always appreciated) and open to the public. No prior registration is needed. The program will be presented in the large meeting room at the Canfield library, across the street from the Canfield Historical Society Bond House.
The June 8th Canfield Historical Socieity lecture venue has been updated. The June 8th program will now be a FREE guided tour of the Mahoning Dispatch newspaper building. Located at 23 South Broad Street in Canfield, The Mahoning Dispatch served Canfield and the surrounding communities for ninety-one years. The newspaper holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously published newspaper owned by a single family in Mahoning County. The first edition of the weekly journal was published May 4, 1877, with a yearly subscription price of $1.50, to be paid in advance. Founded by Canfield native and Civil War veteran Henry Manning Fowler, The Mahoning Dispatch was originally located on the corner of East Main and Broad streets. In 1893, the business was moved to its current location, which was built by Pierpont Edwards in 1866 to serve as a grocery store. One of the first printers in the area to purchase a linotype composing machine, which replaced the method of hand setting type. Fowler stated in the initial edition that “The Dispatch will be an independent journal, non-partisan in politics and the organ of no political faction or religious sect.” Published by three generations of the Fowler family, the newspaper was discontinued in 1968. After the paper stopped publishing, the Dispatch office continued on as a "job shop" printing company until the death of Ralph Fowler in 1991.
The free guided tour of the Civil War Era building and historic newspaper business will be led by Canfield Historical Society President Suzy McCabe. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of membership. No prior registration is needed. Meet at the 23 South Broad Street location prior to the tour start time of 6pm.
Canfield Historical Society's May event:
Come test your Canfield history knowledge and win some prizes! The Canfield Historical Society will host a Canfield Trivia program on May 11th at 6pm. Suzanne McCabe, the Canfield Historical Society’s President, will be the trivia master for the event. The event is FREE and open to the public. The program will be presented in the large meeting room at the Canfield library, across the street from the Canfield Historical Society Bond House. Stop by the Bond House 5pm to 5:40pm, 44 W. Main Street, for socializing and brushing up on some Canfield History prior to the trivia program by touring the displays on Canfield history. After enjoying the displays, head across the street to the library, the fun begins at the library at 6pm.
This landmark on the Green in Canfield has been preserved in the same condition as when Ralph Fowler closed the door for the last time. Mr. Fowler donated the building and contents to the Society and we have worked to be good stewards of the property. Tours are available by appointment.
Membership to the Society is just $30 for an individual, $50 for a family. Memberships help sustain the Society and the work we do in cataloguing and documenting Canfield history. Volunteers are busy scanning every edition of the Mahoning Dispatch, the Society pays for online hosting, allowing everyone access to past issues of this early, local paper.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.