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Alliance Historical Society


Mabel Hartzell Historic Home

2015 - The Year in Review

Work began on major fundraising efforts to preserve the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home and to start work on plans for an Alliance History Museum. Fundraisers included:

  • Spaghetti dinner at Frank's Family Restaurant
  • Antique & Unique Show & Auction at the Masonic Temple
  • Amazon Smile Campaign begun

The Alliance Historical provided six programs to the community during the 2015 season.

  • What Is That? - Antique and unique items from our collections
  • History of Glamorgan Castle
  • My Life with the FBI - John Gross
  • The 100th Anniversary of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Alliance's "Boom" Years: 1910-1920
  • The Great Olive Poisoning

We continued to care for the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home and the holdings of the Society:

  • Students from the University of Mount Union's Historian class continued work on the photo inventory at the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home.
  • Volunteers continued working on the cataloging and input of holdings information into our database.
  • A campaign to life members raised money to purchase archival storage boxes and supplies to preserve the many fragile textiles owned.

We continued to work in collaboration with the Alliance City Schools on a third-grade local history curriculum. Our "treasure chests" filled with historical items the students can touch and feel made their classroom debut. We offered field trips for the classes in the spring to visit the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home in person.

We began renovations to Mabel's garage with plans to insulate and heat and cool it to protect its contents. The goal this year is to begin operating it as a mini museum of Alliance memorabilia.

We appreciate your support! We can continue our work only with your financial and participatory support. Join us today and help us make history come alive!


An annual favorite, the Carnation Festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn about Alliance's historical past. Tours of the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home take place daily throughout the Festival.

Admission is by a $5.00 donation which helps support the maintenance of the house and the programs offered by the Historical Society. Members tour for free.

As part of your tour, take a moment to relax in our Victorian backyard and garden and enjoy the labors of many local garden clubs and nurseries. We hope that you will visit us to explore one of Alliance's true treasures.

To schedule a tour at any time, please email us at . Tours are always available by appointment.

The Alliance Historical Society is proud to support the Alliance Memory Project at Rodman Public Library.

Help support our programs and preservation efforts by submitting a tax-deductible donation using your PayPal account or credit card today.

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