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Log House Museum features new displays

Maude Mangone Ciardi of Columbiana stands by a display about the Hindenburg Disaster. Her uncle, Philip Mangone, was returning from Europe on the zeppelin when it burst into flames. He survived.

COLUMBIANA — The Historical Society of Columbiana and Fairfield Township’s Log House Museum on East Park Avenue has two new displays and the public is invited to come explore, free of charge.

Besides the usual treasures to be found in the museum like war memorabilia, a working Regina music player, mastodon bones and a general store much like one found many years ago, the new displays are a new attraction visitors will want to see.

The Columbiana Clippers 1947 Ohio Class B State Championship victory exhibit celebrates the 75th anniversary of the big win. Besides authentic cheerleader uniforms, vintage banners (one is over a hundred years old and has a navy blue instead of the contemporary red) and the winning basketball, it also features a mural painted by Amy Moreschi.

“The art teacher came,” said curator Nora Salmen. “See, the idea is you’re in the gym, and they’re on the bench. Rich Berryman donated the basketball that was used during the game.” Rich Berryman, who was captain of the 1947 team, is the last surviving member. He recently came to the museum to see the new display.

The other new display is from the Hindenburg disaster on May 6, 1937, featuring an actual piece of the craft. The zeppelin was landing in New Jersey after a trip back from Europe when it burst into flames as it attempted to dock. According to the exhibit, there were 97 passengers and crew aboard and 62 survived.

Rich Berryman was captain of Columbiana’s state championship basketball team in 1947 and he is the last surviving member of the team. He stands with the museum’s new display commemorating the 75th anniversary of the win.

Maude Mangone Ciardi’s uncle Philip Mangone was one of the top ten U.S. fashion designers at the time and he was returning from a buying trip in Europe when the fire happened. She said he jumped out of a window and escaped.

The Log House Museum has been open since 1976 and almost all items there have been donated. “That is a great thing, to think that all of this has come together, especially the log house, with things that have been donated,” Salmen said.

This history of the museum shows Columbiana’s roots in community cooperation. “The log house was moved here in the fall of 1975 and then they worked on it. It was a big community project to restore it back because it had been sided,” Salmen said.

The discovery of the log house was a surprise, Salmen said. “They didn’t even know it was a log house when it sat on another street, Railroad,” she said. “It was going to be torn down and an auction was being held. So then we are in the basement and they said my gosh, this is a log house. We’re not going to destroy log houses.”

She said a committee went to work and asked the property owner at the time, Bill Walters, if they could move the house to the corner where it sits now. “[We asked] would you be so wonderful that we could move the log house to this corner, to which they said yes,” Salmen said. “The Barrow family then, who owned the building, they paid to have it moved up here. So those were two very fortunate things. Then it was a big community project to take that siding off that had been put on.”

Mannequins wear authentic cheerleader uniforms from the 1947 Columbiana Clippers.

The Log House Museum is located at 10 E. Park Ave. in Columbiana. In June through August, the hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and any other time by appointment. The phone number is (330)482-5394 and they accept donations but admission is free.

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