Society's calendar packed full this year
Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers has the future all planned out in terms of preserving and honoring the past.
Or at least for 2013.
In the society's most recent newsletter, Rodgers highlights some of the events to follow a fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Clintonville Woman's Club.
* Feb. 12 -- the society's monthly meeting, set for 7 p.m. at North Broadway United Methodist Church. The topic is the Glenmont area.
"In 2012, we received two scrapbooks composed by residents in this area," Rodgers wrote in the newsletter. "Entries date as far back as the 1920s. We will use these to tell the history of this area and its development."
* March 12 -- a return to the Clintonville Woman's Club for an evening of jazz and desserts as a fundraiser for the benefit of the Memory Lane project.
* April 9 -- a meeting at 7 p.m. at North Broadway United Methodist Church that will feature a member of the Worthington Historical Society "who will tell us more about the connection of the village of Worthington to Clintonville," according to the newsletter.
Also in April, society members will stage a new exhibit at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. This year's exhibit will focus on the members of the Hollenback family and their connection to Clintonville.
* May 27 -- a meeting at Memory Lane on West North Broadway, during which Rodgers indicated the hope is to dedicate an Underground Railway garden.
"Clintonville's involvement in the Railroad is mentioned in a historic marker in downtown Columbus and is recognized by the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati," she wrote. "It falls to us to ensure that current and future residents and visitors understand the depth of that involvement. The garden will feature a statue that will be crafted by a local artist. The board will select that design this winter."
* June 16 -- society members will join with the Civitans in the Park of Roses celebrating the annual summer concert series.
* July 4 -- society members will be at the annual Fourth of July breakfast to pass out coloring pages and crayons.
* Aug. 13 -- a 7 p.m. meeting at North Broadway United Methodist Church to learn about and possibly take a tour of the Milton Avenue barn where All detergent was developed. The barn is now a residence but also was the first home of what became the Custom Coach Co.
* Sept. 8 -- the society will offer a trolley tour as part of the Clintonville Community Fund's annual Tour of Homes.
* Sept. 10 -- a celebration of Clintonville's 166th birthday during the society's annual meeting at North Broadway United Methodist Church.
* Oct. 26 -- the Halloween Hop, in which students from area schools will paint the windows of local businesses. The lapsed tradition was resurrected last year.
* Oct. 27 -- a tour of Union Cemetery, weather permitting, with a focus on the older section.
More events may be scheduled during the summer months, according to the newsletter.
"In addition to these projects and programs outlined, we have been awarded two grants that will allow us to work further on the Gateway History Murals at North Broadway," Rodgers wrote. "The Scotts Co. has donated supplies essential to landscaping the area to the east of the mural and the Clintonville Community Fund has granted us funds to continue the mural under the railroad bridges. Those bridges will be painted by the city this coming spring/summer.
"We will need to raise additional support, but these two grants are a great start."