Historical Society celebrating 60th anniversary this year

The Historical Society of Columbiana and Fairfield Township is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The club’s Log House Museum on the square will be open this Friday and Saturday in conjunction with Springtime in Columbiana.

Featured on Saturday will be a special outdoor exhibit of old Teddy bears, early phones, fans and radios, specifically a World War I receiver/radio. Also, there will be a calliope that the public will be allowed to play.

This exhibit is from the collections of Clyde Foor and Roy Hartley and will be held weather permitting.

The museum will officially be open for the summer months on Fridays and Saturday starting June 1. Times are 2-4 p.m.

There are new exhibits in the annex. A Columbiana industry display includes the flag awarded to the Columbiana Boiler Co., as part of the government’s recognition of the plant’s excellent achievement of war equipment. This award was not lightly given.

Also included in the display are:

– A large frame showing many furniture styles, 1921-32, from the Franklin Furniture Co., and also a picture of their delivery truck.

A 3- by 8-foot sign used outdoors reading Enterprise Company.

– Kaiser Refractories and NRM items.

– A pump from Columbiana Pump Co., and a manhole cover made at the Columbiana Foundry.

Columbiana had a widespread reputation for the manufacturer of buggies, wagons and surreys in the 1880s. The town had 27 shops, turning out 10,000 of these vehicles a year.

The largest was the Fuhrman Carriage Works. A display shows their building and employees.

A unique display came about with the donation of a funeral parlor sign from the early Wick Fry Funeral Home located on South Main Street.

A child’s wooden coffin was stored in the museum’s attic for many years. It was decided to enact a funeral scene using these two donations and adding the real-life story of a 5-year-old Columbiana girl who died in the late 1880s. Her picture is on an easel nearby.

The museum’s doll collection has been moved to a bigger showcase and includes the addition of old well-used dolls.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Historical Society of Columbiana and Fairfield Township can stop at the museum any Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, or when the museum on Fridays and Saturdays.