Programs of the Avon Historical Society, Fall 2002

Dear Friends of the Avon Historical Society,

This past year, September 2001 through June 2002, we have worked for the preservation of historic Avon and on other projects mentioned below:

With the cooperation and assistance of the staff of the Cleveland Restoration Society, we have had meetings with members of the Planning Comission, the Avon City Council and Administration. Hopefully, this year will be the time to move forward on a much needed ordinance protecting Avon landmarks for future generations.

For at least one and one-half years, the Avon Historical Society has been working cooperatively with all of the other Lorain County Historical Societies, and more recently with Lorain County Metro Parks, to prepare exhibits and organize activities to celebrate Ohio's Bicentennial in 2003.

Our first meeting this September is about the Ohio Bicentennial. The City of Avon is heading the restoration of Avon Isle, and the Historical Society is working with them. We are sponsoring a contest for students of the Cleveland Institute of Art for portrayal of this historic structure in the Bicentennial exhibit.

We continue to be supportive of member Ron Larson's move of the historic Lewis House to Olde Avon Village. The house is now in the Village, and full restoration can go forward.

An oral history program has been started to have some of our "oldsters" record on audio and video tape their remembrances of the "good old days" for future Avonites.

We have made a small beginning on presenting historic images in Avon's municipal buildings. Rose Mitock's paintings of the Wilford Hotel, the Kelling Barn and the Old Mill are now on display at Avon City Hall. Copies of these prints, numbered and signed by the artist, are available to all. Rose has donated all proceeds from the sale of these prints to the Avon Historical Society.

We are investigating commuter rail as an alternative to protect many beautiful century homes from widening Detroit Rd. to five lanes.

PROGRAMS THROUGH JANUARY FOR THE YEAR 2002 - 2003, 7:00 P.M., OLD TOWN HALL, CORNER DETROIT ROAD & COLORADO

MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2002,

OHIO BICENTENNIAL PROGRAM 2003 Our speakers will be Bill Bird from the Lorain County Historical Society and Matt Kocsis from the Lorain County Metroparks. They will discuss the Ohio Bicentenial Program at the French Creek Nature Center to be held in 2003. Avon will be displaying a 10-foot diameter working overshot water wheel, a model farm, and an exhibit commemorating the Avon Isle.

MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2002

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, A first-person portrayal by Robert Deville, with reference to Lakeview Cemetary, Cleveland, Ohio

MONDAY, NOV. 4, 2002

AVON TERRORIZED BY ARMED MANIAC, 1905, Presented by Jean Fischer: An account of several frantic days verified by newspaper files.

MONDAY, DEC. 2, 2002

CHRISTMAS PARTY - OLD TOWN HALL You bring the snacks to share; we supply the beverages.

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2003

"NEW" AVON VIDEO REVIEW: The original AVON STORY - 1974; AVON'S HOMESPUN YEARS - 1976; THE TALKING QUILT - 1980

Sincerely, D.L.Fischer, M.D. Membership Chairman, Avon Historical Society

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Membership Application, 2002-2003, Avon Historical Society

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