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Niles included on Presidential Trail

Local historic sites recognized on new TourismOhio map

NILES — The McKinley Memorial Museum and the McKinley Birthplace Home are among 13 destinations on the Ohio Presidential Trail.

TourismOhio developed the list — accessible on Trails.Ohio.org — as part of its Ohio Adventure Trails, inviting travelers to “walk in the footsteps of our former presidents.”

President William McKinley — the 25th president and one of eight presidents elected from Ohio — was born Jan. 29, 1843, in Niles. The museum, 40 N. Main St., and the home, 40 S. Main St., are located in the city.

“We’re thrilled that our two presidential sites here in Niles have been recognized on the new trail,” said Beth Kotwis Carmichael, director of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, in a release. “It presents another opportunity to share our county with new visitors.”

The Ohio Presidential Trail highlights 13 different homes, libraries, museums, and monuments of American presidents elected from the Buckeye State.

The McKinley Birthplace Home is “a replica home that was built on the same spot where the original birthplace home stood,” said Michelle Alleman, director of the McKinley Memorial Library.

McKinley lived in the home until age 9, Alleman added.

A special Presidents Day storytime event is planned 1 p.m. today at the Birthplace Home.

“We will have three guest readers,” said Alleman. “We’ll have Mike Wilson, who portrays President McKinley, and then also our local legislators, Rep. Glenn Holmes and Sen. Sean O’Brien. The three of them are going to read presidential theme stories to the kids.”

Children attending also will participate in a mock election and make campaign buttons.

Wilson also will take part in a President McKinley meet-and-greet from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We’ll have presidential trivia and we’ll have some special McKinley cookies,” said Alleman.

The McKinley Memorial Museum was built in 1917, said Amber Farris, museum director.

The museum used to be housed upstairs in the McKinley Library, but later moved to where it is now, said Farris.

“Today we operate as an auditorium and museum,” said Farris. “The museum is entirely upstairs.”

As for the inclusion on the Ohio Presidential Trail list, Farris said Ohio History Connection always is great at promoting the museum.

“Just getting more people in and helping the locals become more aware of what we’ve got going on is like the endgame results,” Farris said.

The museum, although not usually open on Mondays, is open from noon to 5 p.m. today.

Admission is free to both the museum and the home.

The Ohio Presidential Trail is one of 65 tourism trails that can be found on the Ohio Adventure Trails map at Ohio.org. TourismOhio, in partnership with Ohio History Connection, launched the presidential trail listing last week.

cramey@tribtoday.com

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