Students learn the history of their township

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Historical Society's walking tour began four years ago when a teacher asked to have the group teach the students about the history of Poland. The bulk of the tour stayed on South Main Street.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Third-grade students at Dobbins Elementary went on a history walk led by the Historical Society on May 23. Pictured, Dave Smith, Poland Historical Society Sectretary, talked to the students about one of Poland's many historic buildings.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Four volunteers from the Poland Historical Society led the third-grade students on a guided tour of the community. Sites included town hall, the Village Green and the former home of President William McKinley. Pictured, president of the society Larry Baughman taught the Dobbins students about the fire station.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Dobbins walking tours ended at Baird Mitchell Field, which followed with a lunch at the Village Green. Pictured, the students learned about the local cemetery.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Poland Historical Society led third-grade students from Dobbins Elementary on a tour around the township on May 23.

The tour took the students down South Main Street to see the number of historic sites the area has to offer. In all, they visited roughly 30 sites before ending the tour at Baird Mitchell Field and heading to the Village Green for a picnic together.

“It’s nice to raise interest in the historic town they live in and learn more about it,” said Dave Smith, the secretary of the Historic Society. He and three other volunteers guided the students on the tour.

The program began four years ago. A third-grade teacher asked the society if they could do an event to raise awareness and knowledge about Poland’s history.

The groups visited sites such as the former home of President William McKinley, the village pantry and the Robert Walker House. They learned about Walker’s connections to the community, as well as former President McKinley’s connections. The trip also took the children inside Town Hall to learn about local government.

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