Greenfield Historical Society announces return of History Day

The Greenfield Historical Society’s annual history day will return on Saturday, October 1 after a two-year absence.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will focus on the Grain & Hay building and barnyard, Smith Tannery and the B&O Depot.

Several new displays are being created for the event. Craftsmen will demonstrate their skills. The loft sales will bring good business for everyone and, of course, good food will be served.

This will be the first time the B&O Depot will be open since the renovation that took place last summer. The 168-year-old depot has a low ceiling with insulation and has been weather-sealed. New lighting has been installed and a new HVAC system, doors and windows are expected to be installed by story day.

The Tom Adams Train Display will be back in its place, bigger and better than ever. Adams added four city blocks from downtown Greenfield centered on the intersection of Washington and Jefferson streets to his mode. This paints a fascinating picture of Greenfield’s past.

The Grain & Hay will have two new displays for the event. Civil War soldiers from the Greenfield area will display photographs of soldiers from a collection of 52 business card photographs donated to the society last summer. The exhibition will tell the stories of several soldiers and the friendship that unites them.

The second exhibit in the Grain & Hay will feature the American shoe factory which began manufacturing operations in Greenfield in 1939 and was in business until 1991. The exhibit will show the growth of the business and the effect the company has had on the community. Many samples of women’s shoes made in Greenfield will be included.

A new display will be in the Smith Tannery and will feature vintage hats from the company’s collection. From top hats to beanies, the company has them all. The Smith Tannery will also be the site of two Susan Long programs. Long will play the company’s pump organ in the tannery lounge and may even have a soloist or two to sing for the audience.

As usual, the barn will be open to visitors to view the Conestoga wagon, buggies, fire truck and farm items. Tom Smith, a collector of Patterson & Sons memorabilia, will take up residence in the barnyard to share his knowledge of the Pattersons and their buggies and cars. Wendy Royse will share the story of our Wilson Conestoga wagon and the importance of Conestoga wagons in the history of our country.

Nancy Crawford of the Rookery Art Gallery will be on hand to show off some of her work, in addition to quilter Jayne Honnold and colored pencil artist Shirley King. Eric Salyers and his friends will demonstrate the art of woodcarving.

The Mincey family will be there to demonstrate the skill of pressing cider. They have been a popular protester at several History Days. In the past they have had free samples.

If you are an artist or a craftsman, we invite you to join us to share your talents with our guests.

Attic retail spaces will be available for $10. If you have items to sell, are a baker or an artisan, you are welcome to join us for the day. Installation will begin at 8:30 a.m. No reservations are required.

Chris Dodds will be back to smoke pork loins on site. Smoked loin sandwiches have always been a popular dish. Additionally, ham and bean soup, cornbread, and hot dogs will be served, along with fries, desserts, and beverages to round out the menu.

Mark your calendar for October 1 and plan to spend a day with history, friends and great food. Watch the logs, listen to WVNU, check out our website greenfieldhistoricalsociety.org, and connect with our Facebook page for more details and updates.