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Trumbull aims to connect tourism, history

Discussing ways to promote area

VIENNA — Local historical society and tourism bureau members are discussing ways to help promote Trumbull County’s unique sites, buildings and locations with possible themed driving tours for residents and visitors.

A group gathered recently at the Vienna Township Hall to share ideas of specific themes that could be used for promoting the county that will be made possible with a grant application with the Ohio Humanities Council Cultural Heritage tour grant.

Megan Reed, director of the Trumbull County Historical Society, said the Ohio Historic Council in Columbus has held an Open Door event where historical organizations were encoruaged to open the doors of historic buildings.

“They would open up doors for buildings that are not open all the time. That has been a special and popular event for many tourists,” Reed said.

She said a driving or walking tour could be held where people can visit buildings that are not usually open to the public.

Beth Carmichael, director of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, said a list could be provided for people to stop and tour local historical buildings.

“We could do something like this every year, but with a different theme. Driving tours could get people from different places to see something specific at each location. What I love about my job is I learn something new every day when visiting different places. These tours can help people learn somthing new about the county,” she said.

She suggested themes could include seeing different buildings that have clocks, military equipment, industry, veterans, pioneers, Prohibition and Underground Railroad sites, as well as such famous people as Clarence Darrow or William McKinley.

Reed said the themed tours could bring many visitors to the area.

Cindee Mines of the Trumbull County Historical Society suggested promoting famous people in different fields such as musicians, modern legends, inventors and people who have made achievements.

Lois Werner of the Brookfield Historical Society said the spoon for Islay’s ice cream cones and scoop had local connections.

Suggestions were made to connect each organization or society by finding something each has to connect with a specific theme.

“We want to show how interesting our county is to visitors. Show how history is important. What in each township, village or city do you have that a visitor would find interesting,” Carmichael said, noting the county has 200 miles.

Phil Pegg of the Vienna Historical Society said local churches could open their doors and showcase different denominations while sharing their histories.

Pegg said the churches could showcase their food with many holding popular fundraising dinners.

“A lot of churches are known for their meals like Swiss steak dinners,” Carmichael said.

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