The exhibition presents the business, industry and history of the Galion school

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GALION – For nearly a year, members of the Galion Historical Society have been eagerly awaiting the opening of an extraordinary exhibition highlighting Galion’s history in industry, business and schools.

While the exhibit isn’t quite ready to be opened to the public, historical society curator Marcia Yunker recently offered a glimpse of the many items on display in the Railroad Street building that the historical society has specifically purchased for this purpose. .

Yunker noted that the purchase of the building was made possible by generous donations left to the Galion Historical Society by Joice Hayden-Cating and Marta Helfrich Miller after their deaths.

“So we were able to buy this building,” Yunker said. “We had stored some of it at Innovated Recycling, and God loves them, it was free… but it wasn’t very safe.

“When we decided to open this, we wanted to highlight industry, businesses and schools because we had a lot of great things,” she noted. “And of course we’re late (opening) because of COVID. We’ve had this building for about a year and I’m almost done. I have to have it finished by February 2nd to show the board around.

Despite being the curator, Yunker said she couldn’t have attempted such a project without the help of maintenance worker Barry Moneysmith.

“He hung everything on the walls and carried the heavy things,” she said.

As you browse the exhibits, memories come to life with an old Galion fire truck, a horse-drawn road grader, old trade signs, a sled and even the organ that was in the old auditorium of Galion High School. . Even an old Wilson Printing printing press sits in a corner of the building.

Yunker pointed out that many displays offer a plaque that includes item explanations, and many even include a QR code that people can scan on their smartphones. She said the QR codes then take people to a YouTube video, one featuring a former Galion student reading a story on an old-fashioned fire truck.

The majority of the exhibits, Yunker noted, have been donated to the Historical Society over several years. However, indicating a Madame Howard buggy – which was produced by the Galion Buggy Company – Yunker said the historical company purchased this particular item.

“Someone contacted us and told us he had it for sale, so we bought it,” she said.

Also on display are several boards transformed into a makeshift book with old photos of the Galion school buildings, former students and teachers. and even a place where quotes from former students and their favorite memories of school in Galion are displayed.

“That’s what it is all for,” Yunker noted. “You see it all and it brings back good memories. All these signs and things were right there and we wanted to preserve them, promote them and show people. It’s not just a storage unit, it’s a museum that may soon be able to open its doors. We’re just waiting to see what happens with COVID. “

The curator of the Galion Historical Society, Marcia Yunker, worked on an exhibition highlighting the history of companies, industry and schools of Galion. The exhibit will be on display in the Railroad Street building that the historical society has purchased. Yunker noted that the purchase of the building was made possible by generous donations left to the Galion Historical Society by Joice Hayden-Cating and Marta Helfrich Miller after their deaths.

This is one of many exhibits in the works at the Galleon Historical Society museum on Railroad Street. The exhibition will focus on businesses, industry and schools in Galion.

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