Ohio 200: A Celebration of Lorain County's History

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 4-30-03, By Julie A. Short

``Avon hosts week at bicentennial celebration

AVON -- The Avon Historical Society is one of the many historical societies in Lorain County co-sponsoring the "Ohio 200: A Celebration of Lorain County's History" exhibit produced by the Lorain County Metro Parks. Through the efforts of local historical societies and other groups, the event gives visitors an amazing look at the past. Each week through June 8, a different participating community will take center stage with special local exhibits, programs and events to highlight their own individual stories.

The Avon Historical Society is scheduled to sponsor the exhibit May 5-7. On May 5, the Historical Society will hold a meeting at the center at 7 p.m. with a tour of the exhibit immediately following.

The French Creek Association will hold an open house on May 6. Local businesses will display their talents, antiques, crafts and wares. The exhibit opens at 7 p.m.

The final day, May 7, will feature a presentation from Bill Balunek who will discuss the history of aviation in Lorain County. The exhibit will be open after the presentation.

DeChant farm
Elmer DeChant constructed a model of his Avon farm, now the site of a factory. The DeChant farm is on display at the Metroparks French Creek Nature Center during the Bicentennial Exhibition.

"This is a great way for residents to learn about Avon's history, as well as the history of Lorain County," Dr. Delbert Fischer of Avon Historical Society said. "We hope to see many residents in attendance during the week."

The regular hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibit hall highlights major events in Lorain County history including the first settlement, a grist mill, a quarry, the railroads, local industry, including a 1910 Garford car and a 1962 Ford Econoline pick-up. Other artifacts and local displays are set-up in classrooms. There is a $1 admission fee to the exhibit hall. Programs and the nature center displays are free. The center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield.''

PRESS RELEASE from The Lorain County Metro Parks, 4-10-03, By Becky Voit,

Ohio 200: A Celebration of Lorain County's History is an exhibit unlike any other you have seen produced by the Lorain County Metro Parks. Instead of spanning the globe in search of exotic natural settings, we have journeyed through time to gather the last 200 years of local history in one room.

From the first settlement of a township to the steel and auto industries, follow the path of Lorain County's history from wilderness to modern day technology.

Historical groups from across Lorain County have come together to present this amazing exhibit. Join us April 11 - June 8, 2003, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a look at this once in a lifetime exhibit. $1 admission per person at the door. Evening programs are also taking place.

For scheduling information please call (440) 949-5200.

For more information on "Ohio 200" please call 1-800-LCM-PARK.

NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 3-2-03, By Dan Harkins

``County on board bicentennial bash

SHEFFIELD -- Today marks the 200th anniversary of Ohio's admittance to the union, kicking off a 10-month celebration across the state.

Lorain County's historical societies plan to tell the story of our history beginning next month with a visual display that speaks of how times have changed.

"It took many individuals to come together to build this county," said Bill Bird, director of the Lorain County Historical Society.

Lorain County Metro Parks is on board for Ohio 200: A Celebration of Lorain County's History, which will take place at French Creek Nature Center on Colorado Avenue.

Dan Martin, Metro Parks director, said the effort is a tribute to the people.

"It's not just the county but all the individual communities," he said. "It's a reflection of all of our uniqueness that still requires us to work together for the greater whole." ...

The circular display will show the way our ancestors lived in each period over the last two centuries. Scattered throughout will be mock trees and landscaping decked with artifacts ranging from household items to various modes of transportation ...

The display also will feature about nine special programs that track local development from the start to present day. Each of the 15 historical societies also will have opportunities to present their own unique histories.

Bird said these displays will provide little-known facts such as how this area wasn't really inhabited by settlers until 1807, four years after other parts of the state.

The display will run April 11 to June 8 at French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield.

Contact Dan Harkins at dharkins@chronicletelegram.com.

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