CHC third-graders learn Canfield history

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.C.H. Campbell Elementary School third-grade students visited The Wall of Honor at the War Vets Museum during the school’s annual Canfield History Walking Tour.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.C.H. Campbell Elementary School third-grade students listened as Suzie McCabe, Canfield Historical Society president, explained how the presses worked in the press room of Mahoning Dispatch during the school’s annual Canfield History Walking Tour on May 29.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

C.H. Campbell Elementary School third-grade students learned about Canfield history during their day-long Canfield History Walking Tour on May 29. This is the eighth year the third-grade classes have visited many historical sites and buildings on the village green and surrounding areas.

Scheduled stops on the tour included Ruggles-Coope House, Old Courthouse, Christian Church, Odd Fellows Hall, Methodist Church, the Green and gazebo, Farmers National Bank vault, Mahoning Dispatch, Township Hall, War Vets Museum, Canfield Historical Society’s Bond House, Presbyterian Church, Canfield Village Middle School, Turner School Houses, WPA Building the Old Texaco Station and Dave Goddard’s house.

Each class was assigned a color of T-shirt to wear, so teachers and accompanying parent volunteers could keep track of each class while taking the tour.

At the Mahoning Dispatch, students were treated to a presentation tour and by Suzie McCabe, Canfield Historical Society president. McCabe, dressed in historical attire, gave the students the history of the Mahoning Dispatch while giving them a tour of the office, composing room and then the press room. Canfield Historical Society volunteer Carol Swartz was also on hand to help with the tour.

McCabe explained how the machines worked in the press room and how the walls are covered in ink from the presses.

“This linotype machine has a ration of 15 to 1. Before the machine was acquired, it took 15 men to do the same amount of work the linotype machine could do. Also, you can see a small area which I cleaned off by the door which shows the original color of the wall. What you are seeing is 100 years worth of ink on these walls. The color is not a fancy stain or paint, it‘s actually ink from the presses,” McCabe told the students.

At the other historical stops, the third-grade teachers relayed the history of the locations to the students, highlighting the Ohio Historical Markers at the sites.

The Canfield History Walking Tour was originally created by C.H. Campbell third-grade teachers Marian Bailey and Heidi Snyder and Hilltop Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Beil. The teachers researched the historical stops to correlate with third-grade content standards, which includes learning about your community.

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