The way is clear for the Brunswick Area Historical Society to move forward on building a bell tower for the 1852 bell donated by the First Christian Church when they closed its doors after 184 years. Carl Bilski, president, reported that the Historical Society has received permission from the City to erect the new structure outside of the “Old School Building’
Bilski has been leading this unique fund raising effort. He found a way to recycle the bricks salvaged from the Edwards and Visintainer Middle Schools. These bricks are being sold, personalized inscriptions are engraved on them, and the bricks will take their thoughts into Brunswick history after they become a part of the bell tower. This project fulfills the promise to build a tower to display the donated bell. “It comes from my heart as a way for Brunswick-ites to show their love of our hometown. It also comes from the brain in that it recycles the bricks. I have believed in recycling since WWII when we saved aluminum foil pieces to help with the war effort. I still save them today.”
All of the commemorative bricks will be proudly displayed in one of the four columns of the bell tower for future generations to see when they visit Brunswick Heritage Farm and Museum. All profits raised will be used to help fund the improvements and maintenance of the Old School Building, the Brunswick Area Historical Society Bell Tower, and Heritage Farm & Museum.
Everyone who has been a part of Brunswick History In The Making is encouraged to purchase a commemorative brick for $145. All residents, churches, schools, families, governmental representatives, civic groups, businesses, veterans, educators, students, graduates, and anyone who has been a part of making Brunswick into what it is will be able to create a tribute and have it included in one of the bell tower’s four columns for future generations to see.
To order your Bell Tower brick:
“Please share with others who love Brunswick and order soon, as there are limited number of bricks,” he said. “They would make great gifts, too.”
The auction to raise funds to complete our new building is online. New items coming every week. Great items from local artists, vendors and crafts people. Bid now!
Thanks for another great season at the Farmer's Market!
Starting in August, we'll be featuring historic Brunswick families at our regular meetings. The next will be the Chrissy Rhoades on January 27th, 2022 at 7pm at Brunswick United Methodist Church.
Go to the Family Histories page for videos of previous talks.
This documentary will share a brief history of Brunswick's (OH) city and schools followed by interviews from many individuals who share their stories about Maude Edwards, Lou Visintainer, and Jack Willetts for which Edwards, Visintainer, and Willetts Middle Schools were named.
We were recently asked by the Longmeadow Historical Society if we had any information on a resident who had come to Brunswick from Longmeadow. We were able to fill in some blanks and this article was the result. Glad we could help!
Your support will help us continue our educational programs and fund our expansion project!
Sadly, First Christian Church on Center Rd recently closed after 184 years. The church has been sold to Tri-C, which is good, but it is going to be demolished. However, the pastor and members have generously donated a number of precious artifacts to the Historical Society.
Read our current and past copies of our newsletter, The Curator. Stay up to date about what we are doing!
Over the years, many articles about the vast history of the Brunswick Area have been written in local newspapers.
We found this book while cleaning out some old files. View the scans of pages of Alumni Association meeting notes from the early 1900s.
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