The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on January 16, 2017 at the historic Mott Building, Main St., Garrettsville to conduct the following business:

The new awning on “the Bonnet Shoppe”, the group’s research center, is now on the building; the sign to be attached next is undergoing a paint-matching procedure to confirm its gorgeousness and should be up soon.

The apartment over the shop may be available for rental soon—following renovation and updating of the property.

New officers were chosen—Lynda Read, vice president; Barb Hardesty, governing board member; NEO Museum Council delegates, Pam Montgomery and Kathy Zizka.
The group voted to place an entry in the Garrettsville Area promotional publication by The Villager.

Some money will be moved from checking to savings and/or a CD.

Members were able to sign up for operational committees for the organization; this will continue at the next meeting …and beyond.

The unexpected program for the evening was provided by guest Lucille Alstine (nee Kubinec), a Garfield graduate recently returned from Missouri, presently living on the family farm in Nelson.
Her fascinating tales of the circumstances of the return and subsequent discoveries about her heritage—local memorabilia as well as family secrets—kept the group enthralled until mundane considerations like old and new business intervened. More from this quarter may well be heard and a public presentation may be in the offing. Great stories of “Grandpa John” and “Uncle Willie”. Stay tuned.

Come to a meeting, third Monday of the month. Membership is always open.