Southington plans marker dedication

SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Community Trust will dedicate an Ohio Historical Marker this spring at the Chalker School building property off state Route 305.

Members of the trust said the Ohio Historical Society identified the Chalker Building, the nearby 1907 building and the war memorial monument area as a historic site.

The dedication is being planned for April 26.

“This will be for the two buildings and property listed on the Ohio Registry of Historic Places,” said Sue Tietz of the trust.

Tietz said the committee will help at the Chalker Alumni Association the same day as the dedication in April.

To help the trust raise money, a fundraiser is being held at 2 p.m. March 9 at Trumbull New Theater in Niles. The presentation is “Send Me No Flowers” by Southington resident Terri Gilbert. For tickets, call 330-307-7754 or 330-898-0654.

The committee plans to hold monthly open houses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month with the committee meeting at 10 a.m.

Pam Houser and Tietz said they are working on new displays of the military history of Southington.

Houser said the museum is collecting yearbooks from the past and Christmas decorations and ornaments. Those with items can call Cathy at 330-898-1952.

Tietz said third-graders will continue to come to the museum for tours.

Daniel Tietz, a sophomore at Southington Chalker, said he is working on a video of the history of Southington and taking photos and video at the Chalker Building.

“It’s a human interest project I am doing for my video production class,” he said.

The project is designed to help the community learn more about the history of Southington.

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