Group aims to collect and display historical photos of Streetsboro

Committee, Heritage Foundation work to compile historical photos display

by Mike Lesko | Reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- A group of residents is planning to create six panels of photos from the 1800s to the 1900s, depicting Streetsboro's history. There would be room for expansion by others interested in adding their historic photos, which will be displayed at City Hall.

"This is in its infancy. We're planning on growing this," said Michelle Hushion, a member of the Streetsboro Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee. "We don't have the photos put together yet, but we are going to start pulling them together in the next couple months."

Donna Huth, also a member of the parks & recreation advisory committee, said the group is looking to obtain photos from the city's "very early history."

The idea is "to get the town talking" about the project so other photos would be submitted, Huth told Streetsboro City Council in December.

Copies of the photos would be displayed at City Hall.

"We hope the display will become property of the city," Hushion said. "Maybe the schools can learn from [looking at the displays]."

"It's a great idea," Councilwoman Bridget Pavlick said.

Hushion said the idea came from the parks & recreation advisory committee which also includes John Arlesic, Ken Claypoole, Carmen Laudato, Dick Rynearson and Sandee Webb.

"We thought it would be exciting," Hushion said.

Hushion said while there is no official name, they've been calling it the Streetsboro Photo Timeline.

Hushion said the group would be working with the Streetsboro Heritage Foundation.

Sarah Fast, president of the foundation, said she is searching for old photos to be displayed portraying the city's early history.

"We will be looking for things that we can hang on the wall so they can be part of a permanent display at City Hall," Fast said. "It's really an exciting project."

Fast said information can be found in old atlases and history books, as well as internet.

"Also, reading people's scrapbooks is a way of getting a lot of information," Fast said. "People cut out newspaper clippings of what was going on in the community."

Hushion said maps may be displayed as a way of saying, "Here is the way it was way back when."

Hushion also said they are reaching out to local families who may have artifacts.

"The more photos that are submitted, the more we'll be learning the stories behind them," she said.

If individuals would like to submit a copy of a photo, they should stop by the Streetsboro Parks & Recreation office at City Hall, 9184 Route 43 weekdays during business hours so the picture can be scanned and returned to the owner.

If people would like to mail a copy of a picture with information about it, they can do so. It is recommended that only copies of photos be sent through the mail. They should be addressed to: Streetsboro Parks & Recreation Department; Attn: Greg Mytinger, Photo Project; 9184 Route 43, Streetsboro 44241.

Email: mlesko@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9439

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