By Rick Palsgrove
The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society has been preserving local history for 48 years and is looking for helping hands to continue its work.
Founded in 1975 to “preserve and promote the rich history of our community,” the CWAHS currently has approximately 200 members.
“The CWAHS is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of our beautiful community,” said Bruna Brundige. “The society is committed to educational engagement with those of all ages. We are currently in the process of establishing a CW Museum with a projected opening in early 2024. Housed in one of the school buildings, the museum will continue to enlighten students and adults about our rich and important standing in central Ohio.”
She said volunteers are important to the CWAHS and its efforts to preserve local history and to hold special events.
“With so many events throughout the year, we need many more than the 14 board members to make it all happen,” said Brundige.
Some of the events the CWAHS holds throughout the year include: the Annual Gala – May 6; Golf Outing – June 2; Hosting CW Farmers Market – May to September; Ice Cream Social & Blue Ribbon Pie Contest – Labor Day weekend; Founders Day – Oct. 14; The Historic Ghost Tour – October; and A Storybook Christmas – Dec. 1 and 2.
The CWAHS also cares for the historical complex at Oak and North High streets, which includes the O.P. Chaney Grain Elevator, the Prentiss School, and the Queen of the Line train depot.
“The train depot is call the Queen of the Line because it was considered the finest depot,” said Brundige. “The O.P. Chaney Grain Elevator, currently under renovation, is one of the very last of its age and type left in the midwest. The Prentiss School is a beautiful example of a mid 1800s schoolhouse. To have all three of these on one property is truly a gift for all to enjoy.”
The CWAHS is funded through memberships, hosted events, private donations, and grants.
Membership costs are: Individual, $10/year; Student, $8/year; Family, $30/year; Corporate, $100/year; and Lifetime Member, $1.
For information about the CWAHS and to contact the society about volunteer opportunities visit cwhistory.org.