Local groups make history lesson possible

Photo by ANN MORRISON Local donors made trips to the Strongsville Historic Village a possibility for elementary school children, who typically visit the village in the spring to learn about the history of the area and its settlers.


Strongsville Post associate editor

Throughout the month of May, third grade students from Strongsville and the surrounding area will be given tours of the Strongsville Historic Village. The tours will give the children an opportunity to learn about history as it took place right in their own backyard.

Since America is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, much of the tours will be dedicated to the 1860s wartime era. Each of the homes and buildings in the village tells a story of the people who settled the city in its infancy and who envisioned something greater. For example, the locally famous Pomeroy family had settled the area by the 1830s. When the slaves were facing persecution in the South, they sought refuge in places in the North. Alanson Pomeroy and his family were one of many that housed the refugees as part of the Underground Railroad.

Though what is now the Pomeroy House Restaurant is not technically part of the village, it is a registered historical landmark in the city. However, the Ebenezer Pomeroy House, which was built in 1832, is part of the village and very much speaks to the time period.

"There's so much history in these buildings and there is so much to share. The school tours have always been such a great way to teach the kids about what took place in the early days," said Charlotte Schneider, Strongsville Historical Society member.

Though the tours have become a staple to both the village and the classes that visit it, they were nearly taken away this year due to cuts in funding. Since the majority of the school-sponsored field trips were eliminated in budget reductions, many of them have disappeared.

To make the trips possible for the students, local individuals and organizations have stepped in to provide the funding. This year, that list currently includes the Kiwanis Club, Optimist Club, City Club, and Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Astrab.

"The tours are so nice for the kids, and we didn't want to lose that," Schneider said. "Now we have the funding in place so that the kids can go on the tours. It has become a part of their education and it's good for us to have them come through so we can share the history with them."

The tours will take place throughout the month of May. Area schools such as Brunswick and North Royalton will also partake of this opportunity.

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