Society celebrates 80th annual meeting

WARREN — The Trumbull County Historical Society has marked various accomplishments and recognitions for 2018.

Cindee Mines, past president of the society, said in the spring, the society held its 80th annual meeting at the Chase Bank in Warren with a program on “Survivor: Jesse Taft Smith and the Lusitania.”

Jan Vaughn, secretary, was presented the Marti Gilbert Volunteer of Year Award for her volunteer work with the nominating and membership committees. She led the Ghost Walk in 2017.

The award honors Gilbert, who died recently, for her service to the society. Gilbert took care of artifacts and historic collections at the John Stark Edwards House.

The society was presented two awards at the Ohio Museum Association annual meeting this spring.

Mines said against competition from other members of the OMA, such as Cleveland Museum of Art, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Trumbull County won an award for Best Community Partnership with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Trumbull 100 for the Historic Building Recognition Program Garden District project that researched and awarded plaques to more than 30 homes over 75 years old that met the standards of the historical society program.

She said Julie Green, one of the local society board members, nominated society Executive Director Meghan Reed for the Emerging Professional of the Year award, which Reed won.

Mines said the society hired Rita Dorsch as an education and outreach manager part time to work with Reed.

“Having the meeting at the Chase Bank was wonderful. It is amazing with the brass teller windows and the marble counter tops. Everyone who came in had stories to tell of memories of banking there, coming in with their parents or going to the dentist or barber in one of the offices upstairs,” she said.

Reed said the awards recognized the society for growth and positive impact on the community.

She said the community partnership historic building program has awarded 33 homeowners within Warren historic site plaques and research reports on their homes

Dorsch said Reed in her three years with the society has worked on increasing of the organization’s membership and budget, diversified programming, and society’s first long-term strategic plan. Reed also received numerous nationwide grants and brought attention to the society.

She sat on the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau board of directors and the W.D. Packard Foundation.

For information on the society or programs, call 330- 394-4653 or visit www.trumbullcountyhistory.org .

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