NORTH CANTON The North Canton Heritage Society recently unveiled a new permanent exhibit titled "Your City, Your History." The exhibit includes a timeline with photos posted around the museum exhibit room. It also includes many never before seen artifacts.
The permanent exhibit was the idea of the executive director M. Carmella Cadusale, who has been in her role since August. Cadusale and a Museum Studies student from Walsh University, Erica Wise, researched, designed and curated the exhibit.
"Erica was a big help in putting the exhibit together and then putting it on display, we wanted to create a comprehensive history of North Canton with photos and artifacts never seen or those that haven’t been seen in decades," Cadusale said. "We received a $1,000 grant from the Walter K. and Wilda E. Bortz Fund of the Stark County Foundation. As we were planning the exhibit, the Foundation called to see if we needed anything and I immediately said yes we can use help getting the exhibit completed."
The grant helped pay to get the photos printed, display stands and other materials used in the exhibit. The timeline begins right at the entrance of the museum starting with 1803 when Ohio officially became a state.
The Heritage Society has 3,000 photos and more than 1,000 3D artifacts recorded in the electronic database.
"One of the many items on display that may never have been exhibited is a leather horse collar much like the ones made by the Hoover Company before they started making sweepers. We can’t confirm that it was made by the Hoover Company but it is in the style of those they did make," Cadusale said.
There is also a display dedicated to Henry C. Holl. Cadusale said Holl was the first North Canton historian and that he journaled all of the happenings as the city progressed. Two of Holl’s descendants sit on the Heritage Society’s board.
There are sports related, education and items manufactured in the North Canton included. Visitors can also view a 1936 documentary film about the businesses in North Canton. The Heritage Society will be selling copies of the video in July. There’s also a vertical mailbox from the 1900s and much more.
"We wanted to do the exhibit now in celebration of the North Canton Heritage Society’s 45th anniversary. The Heritage Society has been preserving, sharing and celebrating North Canton history for over four decades and we wanted to celebrate with the community," Cadusale said.
The North Canton Heritage Society was recently awarded the Service Award from the North Canton Chamber of Commerce. Cadusale said a Classic Car Show is scheduled in the parking lot of the museum starting at noon on July 15 as part of the 45th anniversary celebration.
The North Canton Historical Society is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday noon to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every first Saturday of the month. Residents are invited to stop in to view the "Your City, Your History" exhibit during the regular hours. The North Canton Heritage Society is at 185 Ream St. NW.