Ohio Open Doors Backroom Tours
The Alliance Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will participate in Ohio Open Doors September 9-18. Brought to you by the Ohio History Connection, Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for special tours and programs.
Join us in honoring the history, design and stories of Mabel Hartzell Historical Home as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Built in 1867 for Matthew and Mary Edwards Earley, the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home was placed on the National Register in 1987. On Sunday, September 18, from 1-3 p.m., a different kind of tour of the home will be offered free of charge. Unlike the usual tours of the historic home and its furnishings, the Alliance Historical Society will offer a backroom view of the home sharing the findings of the Building Doctors, who will visit Alliance on September 15 and 16.
Established in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act has been instrumental in preserving the historic fabric of our cities and neighborhoods. It has transformed the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeology. The act drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.
The Alliance Historical Society
The Alliance Historical Society was founded for the promotion of historical studies of the City of Alliance and its surrounding areas. Members of the Society collect, preserve, and organize historical materials and work with area schools and community organizations to present historical programs.
The home of the Alliance Historical Society is the Mabel Hartzell House. It is open for tours during Carnation Week in August and at other times by appointment. Contact us at if you'd like to view our beautiful Victorian home and grounds.
Exhibits of historical materials are supplied by the Society for display at local businesses and public buildings. Members of the Society are also available for talks and slide shows at area clubs and meetings.