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Trumbull County history at your fingertips

Historical society creates encyclopedia

WARREN — When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March and forced the closing of the historic John Stark Edwards House, many of the programs that were planned in person this year were moved to an online format.

In addition to providing historical programs and activities for adults and children online, the staff of the Trumbull County Historical Society last spring kicked off a project to create an online encyclopedia of local people, sites and businesses, and sought contributions from the public.

Meghan Reed, director of the county historical society, said the database is a compilation of entries submitted by local researchers and history organizations as a public research platform.

While people were ordered to shelter at home because of the pandemic, historical society staff were working to create the online encyclopedia.

When the word went out last spring the historical society was seeking entries, local researchers, genealogists, family historians and business owners responded with contributions.

Reed said people can search by person, business or location to browse “inspiring stories of those who built our Trumbull County community.”

Many residents have submitted information, Reed said.

Local resident Richard Fleischer contributed many entries, compiled from his knowledge of local events, people and places.

“My interest in the TCHS Encyclopedia is to provide information to people, especially, young people, that they wouldn’t normally get in a school setting. For adults, it’s information that we kind of lived through, but didn’t give much thought about. I would like to provide easy access, in one location for people,” Fleischer said of his contributions to the project.

The site includes information on such famous local people as Clarence Darrow, Harriet Taylor Upton, Ernie Hall, James Economos and Zell Hart Deming; businesses like Denman Tire and Rubber Company, American Welding and Manufacturing and Thomas Steel Strip; and historical sites such as Waddell Park, Cortland Opera House and Bristol Inn.

Each entry includes information about the person or place, along with the name of the person who submitted the information.

Reed said people who want to participate can contact her.

All people and businesses (historic and current) are eligible. Entries should have a minimum 300-word count. For information, email info@trumbullcountyhistory.org, or call 330-394-4653 for entry guidelines.

“If you have an idea of which entries you would like to do, let us know which people / businesses you would like to do in order to avoid duplicates. If someone would like to complete entries but don’t know where to start, let us know and we can get set up from home,” she said.

The new site was launched this summer at the historical society website, www.trumbullcountyhistory.org, under the “Explore and Learn” tab.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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