Northland Community Council Vice President Alicia Ward is hoping the recent well-received celebration of the organization's 50th anniversary will provide the impetus for creating a historical society for the neighborhood.

Northland Community Council Vice President Alicia Ward is hoping the recent well-received celebration of the organization's 50th anniversary will provide the impetus for creating a historical society for the neighborhood.

It worked in Clintonville, according to Mary Rodgers, although the former independent township was three times as old as Northland when that took place in 1997.

The Clintonville Historical Society, of which Rodgers is the president, came about as part of the community's 150th anniversary celebration. That event brought together many different neighborhood residents who were passionate about its history, Rodgers said.

"That made it easier to get the number of people you need to populate the society," she added. "It's not hard, if there are interested people.

"That's kind of the caveat."

Ward said last month that her feelers about forming a historical society for the Northland area have not yet generated much interest, but she vowed to keep trying.

"It's still something I think would be a real benefit to the community," she said.

Ward served as chairwoman for the Oct. 28 anniversary celebration at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center. She received a round of applause for her efforts from the other NCC representatives during the November meeting, and responded by saying she could not have done it without the other committee members.

"I'm thankful to all of them for all their help," Ward said.

The other members of the planning committee were Ken Gilbert, Catherine Gilbert, Suzanne Harnichar, Sam Shy, Dave Cooper, George Schmidt, Andy Bukovinsky, Jeff Duffield, Mary Sguerra, Roger Davidson, David Hardesty and Chris Mauer.

During the NCC's Nov. 3 meeting, Ward raised the issue of what's to be done with historical materials gathered in advance of the celebration.

"During our research for the NCC movie, we gathered many old newspaper articles that people had saved from the '60s," Ward wrote in an email. "We also have a number of photos showing the development of area businesses and neighborhoods.

"One very interesting item was an original abstract of Forest Park East, telling the history of the land starting from May 25, 1832, when President John Adams granted the land to James Hamilton for his military services. This abstract shows all the people who have owned that land up to and including the original owners of the homes built in 1962."

Ward indicated she planned to meet with Ohio History Connection officials for advice on properly archiving these materials.

"We're still looking for a home for our historical documents and photographs, etc.," she told NCC members.