Stewart School Dedication Day

Stewart School Dedication Day

July 2nd was a special day for Stow Historical Society. Thanks to Committee Chair Bob Flower and his dedicated group of volunteers, as well as the many sponsors, Stewart School, was formally dedicated. A large crowd attended the 2:00 ceremony and also enjoyed an ice cream social, tours of the historic houses, and children’s activities.

Featured speakers for the Dedication ceremony included Catherine Flower, SHS President John Baranek, Lisa Susner, Linda Trevorrow, Stow Mayor Sara Kline, and Bob Flower. Invocation was by Pastor Jim Case and  Mistress of ceremonies was Annie Hanson. Thank you to Stow High School band members for providing patriotic music and to members of Boy Scout Troop 273 for the opening and closing flag ceremonies.  Ribbon cutters for the donor bricks were members of the fund raising committee, John Pribonic, Linda Trevorrow, and Kay Flower filling in for Steve Hailer. Ribbon cuttters for the schoolhouse were long-time Historical Society members Ed Williams and Marilyn Hunter,  representing her father, Houston Morgan. Special recognition goes to Richard Shilling, Ed Bose, and Ron Piatt, construction team members.

See more photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StowOHHistoricalSociety.

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Schoolhouse Dedication

Schoolhouse Dedication

The time has come! After many years of dedicated effort by Restoration Committee Chairman Bob Flower and his group of volunteers, we are ready to officially dedicate the Stewart School. Events will be held Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 from noon to 4:00 p.m. All historical houses will be open to the public except during the dedication ceremonies, which will begin at 2:00 p.m. An ice cream social will be part of the festivities, as well as children’s activities provided by Stow Parks and Recreation.

Ceremony participants included select members of the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Band, Boy Scout Troup #273, Restoration Committe members and long-time Historical Society members. Stow’s Mayor Sara Kline will conduct the dedication and ribbon cutting.

Join us for this very special event, which will be held at Heritage Reserve Park of Silver Springs Park, off of Young Road.

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Stewart School Update

Stewart School Update

Click here to read about the progress of the Old School House and see the most recent committee report and photos.

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Stewart School Interior Renovation

Stewart School Interior Renovation

Progress continues on the interior renovation of Stewart School.

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Schoolhouse Panels

Schoolhouse Panels

View the panels on display in Stewart School during the 2015 Harvest Festival

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Stewart School Exhibit

Stewart School Exhibit

During Stow Historical Society’s Harvest Festival, visitors are invited to tour Stewart School to see the progress being made on its restoration.  Also on display will be an exhibit detailing the history of Stewart School and its significance in the history of education in Stow and Munroe Falls.  The exhibit will also discuss the enduring power of the one-room schoolhouse in American culture.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to share their own memories and opinions about the history of education in a special talk-back portion of the exhibit.

Stow Historical Society received a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council to produce this display, which will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the Festival.  Join us to learn more about this fascinating aspect of community history and become a part of the ongoing story of education in Stow and Munroe Falls!

Thank you to Lisa Zevorich for writing the grant application and coordinating this project.

Schoolhouse Donation

Schoolhouse Donation

Thank you to members of the Darrow Street Grange #751 for a very generous donation toward the Old Schoolhouse Fund. Their contribution will be used toward the interior renovation of the Stewart School. Schoolhouse Committee Chair Bob Flower and SHS Board President John Baranek received the donation check from Grange Master Bill Brown at the Chamber of Commerce Pride Breakfast.

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Stewart School Report

Stewart School Report

Bob Flower, Old School House Committee Chair, provided the following report at the December 6, 2014 Stow Historical Society meeting.

 

Summary Report of the 2014 OSH restoration events

1. In January the restoration doors and windows were selected and the order placed with Summit Millwork.
2. In February the Board Approved Tim Flower’s Eagle Scout Project Plans to landscape the OSH,and provided funding for the materials.
3. In March the windows and doors arrived and were assembled in Richard Schilling’s shop.
4. In April the windows and doors were installed and the front wall restored to accommodate the
original door and window configuration. The City authorized Thompson Electric to install a
meter to monitor the electrical usage in the park. This information was then used to determine the best way to provide power to the OSH. This is still the current plan. The materials for the roofing and the siding were determined and quotes obtained.
5. In May the siding was delivered and stored inside the OSH. The lawn was cleaned up, seeded, and covered with straw.
6. In June the Construction Team began installing the siding. The Interior Restoration Team was
formed and held their first meeting at the OSH. The final roof material was selected, and quotes
obtained for the material and the installation. Quotes were received for the electrical service
cable and for the interior wiring.
7. In July the City of Stow agreed to install the electrical service conduit, install a drain in front of the OSH, and install the front sidewalks. The ADA access ramp was moved to the rear OSH door and a sidewalk added on the east side. The front stoops were redesigned using original barnstone and were made identical. The Board approved the roofing material purchase and the contract for installation. The Board approved the material purchase for the two redesigned front stoops and the construction started.
8. In August the front stoops were completed by volunteer workers. The spouting was selected
and delivered with the roofing material. The roofing was installed, the siding completed along
with the spouting and the soffits.
9. In September the preliminary plans for the ADA ramp were reviewed by the City. The
landscaping on the west side of the OSH was installed by the Scouts. The Interior Restoration
Team met and determined the final layout of the front sidewalks and the concrete color. The
City notified us that they cannot pour the sidewalks in 2014.
10. In October the City moved the remaining barnstone to the OSH site so it can be used to edge the landscaping gardens. Our goal was met and the OSH was open for the Harvest Festival on Oct 4th and 5th. The Scouts completed the landscaping of the front and the east side. Final caulkingwas completed on the building and stoops to make the OSH ready for winter.
11. In December we are creating the list of work tasks for the OSH interior restoration. All those
wishing to contribute to this part of the restoration, either with thoughts, words, deeds or
funds, please contact the Stow Historical Society Old School House Committee.

 

 

Visit Stewart School

Visit Stewart School

The Old School House, Stewart School, will be open for visitors during the Harvest Festival October 4th and 5th. Stop by to view the exterior renovations to the building and hear about plans for interior renovation. Stewart School, the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Stow, was moved to Heritage Reserve Park one year ago. Thanks to generous community donations and hard working volunteers, the schoolhouse has been added to the historic buildings operated by Stow Historical Society. Fund raising is still in process to assist with interior renovations.

Stewart School front doors (one for the boys and one for the girls), front steps, siding, and new roof.

Stewart School front doors (one for the boys and one for the girls), front steps, siding, and new roof.

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