After homes tour, historical society celebrates
It's a busy time of year for members of the Clintonville Historical Society.
First up, several of them will serve as guides on trolley rides taking people on the Clintonville Tour of Homes, which returns Sunday, Sept. 9, after having been suspended for 2011.
The seven stops along the way, all under this year's theme of "The History and Diversity of Clintonville," can be accessed individually, or the historical society's trolley tour, starting off from the Whetstone Community Center, will take people to all of them, said society President Mary Rodgers.
"I do think it will be a very nice tour," Rodgers said.
Society members, working from a script provided by organizers of the tour, will provide commentary on the trolley rides.
"If you're on the trolley, you'll learn more about the history of the houses and the history of the area," Rodgers said.
The tour, which raises money for the Clintonville Community Fund, runs from 1 to 6 p.m.
The trolley route will stop first at the home in Webster Park, then move into the business district so people can shop or visit some of the other historical sites. Then it will move on to Weber Road to the former home of the National Republican Glee Club, followed by the remaining five sites on the tour, Rodgers said.
For more information about the tour, visit clintonville. org/homestour.
The historical society's annual meeting will follow a few days later, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at North Broadway United Methodist Church.
Rodgers said the society will celebrate Clintonville's 165th birthday at the meeting.
The society's monthly gatherings normally are held on Tuesday evenings, but the annual meeting always falls on Sept. 13, the date on which the first post office in Clinton Township opened in 1847, she said.
"It's one of our more simple meetings," Rodgers said. "It's a very brief business meeting, lots of time to mingle. It's short -- more about eating cake and talking and socializing."
For those interested in joining the society or learning more about it, this would be a "great meeting to come to," she said.
Members will go over projects completed this year and discuss what they hope can be accomplished in 2013, after which the election of officers will be held.
Rodgers has consented to serve another term as president, with Algy McBride staying on as immediate past president. Mark Gaunce is running for vice president, Michaela Stratton as secretary and Greg Denby is willing to stay on as treasurer.
Nominations will be accepted from the floor.
The officers will take their posts in January.