Historical society marks 75 years

WARREN – For the past 75 years the Trumbull County Historical Society has been documenting, preserving and showcasing the area’s history.

The society, which was established in 1938, recently held its annual meeting at the Wean Building in Warren where Donald Miller of Lake County presented a program on the Life and Times of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Miller shared stories and information, in character, about the Civil War general and 18th president of the United States.

“A lot has happened with our society in the course of its 75-year history and before this year passes we hope to celebrate this event in the most fitting way,” said Gina Bodor, society president

Bodor said throughout the year there will be displays and programs held at the John Stark Edwards House which showcases items in the society’s collection.

Also at the meeting, the Marti Gilbert Award for Outstanding Volunteer was presented to Robert Kreitler. The award is given in honor of Gilbert to an individual who has been of great value during the past fiscal year and shows the valuable work of a volunteer.

The Becky Smith Memorial Scholarship is presented in memory of Smith, daughter of historical society members Bob and Carol Smith, to a college student. This year’s award was presented to Fannie Miller.

In the past year the society awarded the first Becky Smith Memorial Scholarship of $500.

Bodor said in the past year, the society has worked with local Master Gardeners in maintaining the herb gardens and also with the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission on the restoration of the Edwards House.

Current preservation efforts including restoring the building’s interior and exterior.

Edwards was named the first recorder of Trumbull County when Warren became the county seat. He moved to Warren in 1804 and built his home in 1807.

The museum is opem from 2 to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. The next open house is May 5 with a program by Isabel Sevey who will discuss the Modern Day Abolutionist Movement.