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Alliance Historical Society


Mabel Hartzell

The Mabel Hartzell Historical Home is located at 840 N. Park Avenue. Special events include a one-week open house during Carnation Days in August and other open house weekends as scheduled throughout the year.

A donation of $5.00 per adult is suggested. Admission for children under 12 is free.

Tours are available by appointment at other times by calling 330-736-1116 or emailing us at

Be sure to sign our guest book when you visit to receive updates on events sponsored by the Alliance Historical Society.


Notecards with images of the Mabel Hartzell House are available during tours for a donation of $5 for a pack of five cards.

Historic Cookbook Available

What's Cookin'?

What's Cookin'? Recipes and Stories from Alliance and Beyond includes 226 pages of family recipes, historic photographs, and stories about family traditions and businesses from Alliance. The price is $20 and all proceeds help to support the work of the Historical Society and maintain the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home.

Available for purchase from, at Rodman Public Library (215 E. Broadway St. and Marketplace Branch), or at the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Office.

Alliance As I Knew It

Alliance As I Knew It by William H. Magrath Now available - "Alliance As I Knew It: Life in the Late 1800s as retold by William H. Magrath"

William H. Magrath relates a first-person narrative of life in Alliance, Ohio, during the end of the 19th century. Describing everything from wooden sidewalks and gas street lights to the homes and the people who lived along Union Avenue, he gives a personalized view of the history of the city and its people.

Available for purchase online or at the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Office or Rodman Public Library.

DVDs of Alliance Landmarks are available. This 23-minute video presentation created by Frank and Joan Woolf and narrated by Dick Elliott includes the many historic buildings and landmarks Alliance has had through the years.

DVDs of the Fairmount Children's Home History presented by Carolyn Caskey are now available. This program was presented at Rodman Public Library on March 20, 2010 and includes over 90 photographs of the early years of the home.

Also available is a DVD of Stark Electric Railroad footage originally filmed in 1929 and paired up with narration from a railroad reunion in 1972 led by Charles Sperrow.

A video of D. W. Crist, Ohio Composer, presented by Dr. James Perone, professor of music at Mount Union College for a joint program of Mu Phi Epsilon Alliance Alumni, the Alliance Historical Society, and Rodman Public Library is now online. Compositions of Crist are performed by J. Kim Lewis, Russell Newburn, Phillip Gehm, and Joyce Gorby.

You can obtain a copy of any DVD by mailing a check for $12.50 for each DVD ($10 donation for the DVD and $2.50 for postage and handling) to Alliance Historical Society, PO Box 2044, Alliance, OH 44601. Include your name, address, and DVD requested with your order.

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

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