The Westerville Historical Society is selling commemorative plates for the holiday season, with proceeds to benefit the Hanby House.

The Westerville Historical Society is selling commemorative plates for the holiday season, with proceeds to benefit the Hanby House.

The plates, manufactured by the J.M. Smucker Co., feature original artwork by David Coolidge, and depict paintings of the Hanby House. The historical society is selling them for $15 each.

"The proceeds are going into the endowment fund of the Hanby House, because we need it right now," said historical society president Bill Merriman. "We've invested about $50,000 into the Hanby House over the last three years; it's a very important mission for us."

The Hanby House was once home to prominent Westerville composer Benjamin Russell Hanby, who was also an abolitionist, minister and teacher. Hanby and his father, Bishop William Hanby, also ran a station on the Underground Railroad. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The commemorative plates can be ordered by calling Merriman at (614) 891-0821, or in the Westerville Public Library gift shop, 126 S. State St.

-- Lin Rice