Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 4-5-06

'If Walls Could Talk'

Quilt Square of Holy Trinity for the Duct Tape Parade

President Jack Smith opened the April 5, 2006, meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 pm at The Old Town Hall with 31 members and guests present.

As the first order of business he asked the secretary to read the minutes of the previous meeting of March 1, 2006. Following the reading of the minutes the president asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes as read. There being none, a motion to approve the minutes was made by MariLou Moorman, seconded by Susie Cory and by voice vote unanimously approved.

In view of the fact that we have a special program and speaker this evening, many of our normal committee reports will be dispensed with unless someone has something special to report. Also the president encouraged everyone to purchase the new "Images of America: Avon" book recently completed which is for sale during the meeting.

Next as a follow up to last month's meeting Jack reported that regarding or intended oral history project, he in fact contacted Bill Bird who said that using funds from our original $5,000.00 for the Norton Townshend project could be used toward transcribing the oral histories recently completed. However the county commissioners have not given their approval for use of the funds in this manner. They need a new proposal outlining the specifics of how we want to use these funds. Jack has already begun working on this new request for the commissioners.

Basically we are requesting permission to use approximately $3,400.00 of the $5,000.00 to transcribe all of the oral histories that we already have. A motion was made by Carla Wible and seconded by Jim Szippl to go forward with this project. Currently there is an example on our web site for your review. Be reminded this will be done at no cost to the Avon Historical Society. Upon voice vote the motion was passed.

Next Toni Barnhart spoke to the members present regarding her idea for our club's participation in the upcoming Duct Tape Parade. She suggested that we prepare a quilt using 2 foot by 2 foot squares depicting Avon landmarks or just about anything you might want to do. We will have 24 squares and are asking that members of the club each prepare one square in their home at their leisure.

We will be provided with 5 cases of duct tape and all colors are available and after everyone decides what their subject matter will be, we can swap colors at a future meeting. Toni asked that everyone signup this evening for their intent to participate and asks that everyone pretty much have an idea of what their square will be on the May 3rd meeting so we don't have duplications. A motion to go forward with the quilt project for the Duct Tape Parade was made by Theresa Szippl and seconded by MariLou Moorman and by voice vote unanimously approved. Toni was also authorized to purchase any necessary supplies need to get the project started.

The president next called upon Joe Richvalsky and asked him to give us an update on the progress with the Williams House. Joe stated that next week he is meeting with Schafer Development and the architects and the owners to discuss future plans.

Under new business Jack reported that he and Dr. Fischer will be presenting the Talking Quilt to residents of St. Mary of the Woods on April 20th at 2:00 pm

At our next meeting our speaker will be Grant Thompson who will speak on Eagles of Lorain County which promises to be an excellent program.

Barb Wolf next gave the treasurer's report and stated that there is a balance of $1,567.63 in the checking account and $6,135.25 in the money market.

There being no further business to conduct upon a motion by Jim Szippl and seconded by Dr. Fischer the meeting was adjourned.

Jean Fischer then introduced tonight's speaker Mr. Thomas Eakin who was presented with a plaque from the Avon Historical Society in appreciation for all his financial gifts to us. Dr. Fischer also presented him with 4 tapes we have assembled.

Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary



May 3, 2006

Reading of minutes of meeting of April 5, 2006. Motion to approve and second.

Treasurer's Report

Any outstanding bills to present.


A. Election of Officers

B. Next meeting on 5-31-06

C. Duct Tape Festival

Top -- Home

Toni Barnhart writes:

Toni writes:

Thought you'd like to see the quilt square of Holy Trinity done by Pat DeJean. It's absolutely gorgeous!

The Avon Historical Society's entry into this year's Duct Tape Parade will be a quilt made entirely of Duct tape. We are looking for volunteers to make one of 24 individual squares that will be part of our quilt.

This can be our version of an "old-fashioned quilting bee" ! Each square is 24" x 24". Some suggestions for the squares: churches, city buildings, school buildings, historic homes, an eagle, something agricultural (tractor, hay wagon, flowers, vegetables, grapes, farmland), clocks, gazebos, historical headstone; use your imagination, there's a lot about Avon we can depict old and new.

We currently have 20 squares committed, we need 4 more. The Historical Society will supply you with the necessary backing and tape for your project. These can be done at home on your own time. We will need final commitments and colors to be used by the May meeting. Squares to be completed by May 31, 2006, which will be a SPECIAL MEETING of the Avon Historical Socierty at 7 pm in the Old Town Hall. Project supplies can be picked up at the regular May meeting on 5-3-06.

Please call or e-mail me at 934-4282 / mailto:sbarnhart@centurytel to let me know what you've chosen (we will try to avoid any duplication) or if you have any questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and thanks for your particpation!

Toni Barnhart


Other than the election of officers, distribution of the quilt supplies will be the only item on the agenda for the business meeting before Grant Thompson's presentation, unless someone has something needing immediate attention. The follow-up meeting to bring in your completed square (or almost completed if you need help or additional supplies) is on 5-31-06, as mentioned above.

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Grant Thompson from the Lorain County Metroparks will speak on the Eagles of Lorain County.

Top -- Home

NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 4-19-06, by Julie Short

`` 'If Walls Could Talk' television show wants your old home

There is no shortage of older, historic homes in the area. "If Walls Could Talk," a weekly series on HGTV (Home & Garden Television), explores the many homes across the country with intriguing pasts. This fall, the show is kicking off a new season with a new host, new looks and engaging homeowners who make surprising historical discoveries about their homes as they research and restore them.

Believing that "every home has a history," each half-hour episode features four houses across the country where homeowners have made amazing discoveries. Recent stories include a Texas couple uncovering an initialed powder horn in their 1870 stone house, which connects their property to Davy Crockett.

Producers of the show ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR HOMEOWNERS IN THE AREA to be featured on the show. If you have a story you would like to share, call Charity Nichols at (303) 712-3351 or e-mail Cnichols@highnoonentertainment.com with the following information: Year and style of home, historic discoveries in the home and on the property (artifacts, architectural features, etc.) brief history of the home, names and ages of people living in the home and contact information.''

Index of Minutes -- Top -- Home -- What's New