The Aurora Historical Society will hold an Open House from Noon – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, in the Aurora Historical Society Museum and Gallery in the Library Building at 115 East Pioneer Trail. It will feature the Exhibition of the History of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canals and the Artistry of Florian K. Lawton. The Exhibition will include historical relics from the canals from the Historical Society’s collection as well as original paintings and drawings from the Florian K. Lawton Foundation. Florian K. Lawton was a long-time resident of Aurora. The Exhibition will trace the history of the canals and their importance in transporting goods in Ohio prior to the advent of the railroad system.
Additional activities that day will include:
An art class conducted by local artist and teacher, John Smolko from 1:00 – 2:00. He will discuss art techniques and guide participants. Please bring a sketch pad and pencils for the class.
A children’s program from 2:00 – 3:00 entitled Life on the Canal which will feature a story, canal songs, a craft and a snack. Prizes will be given away.
All events are free and open to the public.
For further information, please contact Dr. Marcelle Wilson at 330-995-3336.
Exhibition:November 3, 2013 – January 17, 2014. The Aurora Historical Society is displaying historical content of the canals as well as providing detailed history of this important mode of transporting goods in Ohio prior to the advent of the railroad. The Florian K. Lawton Foundation displays examples of Lawton’s original paintings and drawings in addition to paintings from private collections he created on the history of the canals.
The Grand Opening event featured a presentation on the history of Ohio’s canals by Tim Donovan, Executive Director of the Ohio Canal Corridor. Ken Lawton, Managing Director of the Florian K. Lawton Foundation introduced the exhibition and discuss his father’s work in Ohio. The exhibition l showcases the development of the canal system in Ohio in the second quarter of the 19th century. The canal system had a great impact on Ohio, bring many thousands of migrants here for work building the canals as well as providing a cheaper & more efficient way of moving goods to markets in larger urban areas.
Educational Programs: Art Class–An Art Instructor will discuss art and conduct a class on Saturday, November 16 in the gallery of the Aurora Memorial Library. There will also be an educational class conducted for children in the museum on canals and their significance in Ohio’s industrial and economic history. Prizes will be given away during the event. Study guides and questionnaires featuring Ohio Department of Education Standards will be available for students to complete.
Raffle: The Historical society in conjunction with the Florian K. Lawton Foundation will hold a raffle during the exhibition. The winner will receive an artist proof by Florian K. Lawton of the first documented brick home in the State of Ohio–the Stephen Frazee House in the Ohio Canal corridor, with an appraised value of $1,000.00.
Our heartfelt thanks to our bravo volunteers who helped to make the Antiques Appraisal Fair, Consignment Shop, and Café a tremendous success.
The spirit of community and collegiality could not have been greater on Saturday; all to the benefit of the Aurora Historical Society.
So to all of you; from parking attendants to pie bakers, to guides and kitchen helpers….hurrah!!!
Diane, Kathlyn, Ruth, Marianne, and Ray
Don Arbuckle, Jean Arbuckle, Ann Womer Benjamin, David Benjamin, Sheila Best, Earl Biederman, Byron Brown, Diane Brubaker, Sue Cameron, Barbara Cassidy, Jeff Clark,, Jim Clarke, Winnie Croft, Nicole Dureiko, Brenda Eakin, Dick Fetzer, Pat Fitzgerald, Karen Gajewski, Suzanne Gloden, Marge Godale, Jim Gosser, Mary Gosser, Peter Gugliota, Terry Gugliota, Jim Hickey, Mary Hickey, Sarah Hillyer, Andrew Hohenfeld, Tim Holder, Lynn Hubach, David James, Donna Jobin, Ray Jobin, Milka Kalta, Neil Klimko, B Koglman, Barb Kudley, John Kudley, Esther Leach, Barbara Lebit, Mary Ann Lepp, Gary Lockmiller, Bob Luckay, Bob Mason, Donna Mattmuller, Toni Mazzotta, Doug McCracken, Elaine McCracken, Craig Moore, Dale Moravec, Dick Oberle, Christine Patronik-Holder, Tina Petrick, Russell Post, Sandy Post, K. G. Previte, Joanne Rose, Sheila Rogers, Dotty Sasalal, Amy Scott, Ron Silverman, Dan Smalley, Jo Smalley, Patty Smith, Stella Smith, Sue Sutton, Michael Thal, Winnie Tucker, Bob Walter, Karen Walter, Rita Williams, Jean Wilson, Judi Wilson, Marcelle Wilson, Betsy Wolschleger, Ralph …
We have a heavy millstone in our collection with a tag from an anonymous donor.
We were contacted by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Joe Hannibal of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History stopped by and assessed our mill stone. Our mill stone is French buhr, a type of chert (“flint”) found in the Paris Basin (a geological area around Paris). The stone has fossil charophytes in it that show it is the French stone. Such stone was widely used in the United States in the 1800s for millstones. A great amount was imported from France.
We hope to see you at the free “Surgical Advancements during the Civil War” presentation at 5pm on Saturday the 30th.
Dr. Peter D’Onofrio, President, Society of Civil War Surgeons
The Civil War was the first modern war and resulted in the highest number of U.S. casualties per capita of any of our wars as approximately 620,000 men perished, including 360,000 in the North and 260,000 in the South; 25 percent of those involved died. These casualties exceeded those of all other U.S. wars and affected nearly every family in the North and South. What is not often understood or appreciated now are the rapid advancements made in American medicine that were stimulated by this conflict. Dr. D’Onofrio’s PowerPoint illustrated presentation explains those advances and their impact on the subsequent development of American medicine.
Dr. D’Onofrio is President of the Society of Civil War Surgeons and editor of its quarterly publication, The Journal of Civil War Medicine. The specific goal of The Society of Civil War Surgeons is to promote, in both members as well as the general public, a deep and abiding appreciation for rich medical heritage of the American Civil War. To accomplish this, The Society will foster fellowship, provide a continuing forum for education and the exchange of information, and provide communications among people who have similar interests. The Society will also serve as a resource for those seeking authoritative information of Civil War medical and surgical practices.