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Alliance Historical Society


Mabel Hartzell Historic Home

2014 - The Year in Review

The Alliance Historical provided seven programs to the community during the 2014 season.

  • Music of the Civil War
  • History of First Christian Church
  • Historic Preservation in Alliance
  • Volunteer Meeting
  • Alliance Pride
  • Alliance Memory 10th Anniversary
  • Annual Membership Meeting

We continued to care for the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home and the holdings of the Society:

  • We expanded our docent program by training new volunteers to lead tours through the home.
  • We offered two Eagle Scouts projects to repair and beautify structures in the gardens of the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home.
  • We received a grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) to purchase archival supplies and software so that we could begin the task of organizing our vast archival collection. The collection is currently housed in the basement of Rodman Public Library. One day we hope to have a dedicated building for the collection and to display the many items that we hold and open it to the public.

We continued to work in collaboration with the Alliance City Schools on a third-grade local history curriculum. We received "treasure chests" created by Alliance High School students and their teacher and will fill them with historical items the students can touch and feel. We offered field trips for the classes in the spring to visit the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home in person.

We expanded our presence in the community. We participated in the annual Carnation Festival Grand Parade with our 1910 Alliance Car. We joined the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and held our first ever Business After Hours reception. We continued to work with University of Mount Union students and offered opportunities to expand skills learned in the classroom through coursework and internships.

We appreciate your support! We can continue our work only with your financial and participatory support. Join us today and help us make history come alive!


An annual favorite, the Carnation Festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn about Alliance's historical past. Tours of the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home take place daily throughout the Festival.

Admission is by a $3.00 donation which helps support the maintenance of the house and the programs offered by the Historical Society. Members tour for free.

As part of your tour, take a moment to relax in our Victorian backyard and garden and enjoy the labors of many local garden clubs and nurseries. We hope that you will visit us to explore one of Alliance's true treasures.

To schedule a tour at any time, please email us at . Tours are always available by appointment.

The Alliance Historical Society is proud to support the Alliance Memory Project at Rodman Public Library.

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