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Old-fashioned carnival celebrates SCHS anniversary

7/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

WEST AKRON — A carnival featuring roaring ’20s fun took place July 12 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Summit County Historical Society (SCHS).

Activities that took place at the Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House included a cakewalk, children’s activities, games, a dunk tank featuring local dignitaries and young professionals, and a high striker.

Shown above, period automobiles are featured at the mansion. The event also included free antique appraisals.

There also was a hobo camp in the wooded section of the mansion’s front lawn. Shown at right, hobo historian Dave Gates, of Cuyahoga Falls, gives a demonstration of hobo survival skills by fashioning a cup from a tin can, a twig and copper wire.

Inside the mansion, props and dress-up attire from the 1920s provided guests the chance to try on clothing and take photos.

Numerous visitors toured the restored rooms of the mansion. Shown below, volunteer Rachael Nicholson, of Medina, tells visitor Tracey Dukes, of Green, about the room and the trundle bed.

The event also featured a program including a recognition of honorary event chair Ralph Witt, a longtime SCHS volunteer, who also will turn 90 this fall, as well as a performance by the Summit Metro Park Band and a speech by Dave Lieberth, chair of the SCHS Board of Directors.

The SCHS began when seven women volunteers, members of the Cuyahoga-Portage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, came together in 1924 to compile a history of the City of Akron in preparation for the city’s centennial the following year. The SCHS owns and manages the Perkins Stone Mansion, home of Akron’s founding family, built in 1837; the John Brown House, home of the internationally recognized abolitionist; and Old Stone School in Downtown Akron, in partnership with Akron Public Schools.

— By Stephanie Kist

Photos: Dale Dong

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