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There was a lot to celebrate on the morning of November 25th as we broke ground for the new building. Read the article here:
On Oct. 8th, 2019, Carl Bilski (on the left in the picture), president of the Brunswick Area Historical Society, accepted a check for $10,000 from Ken Cleveland, whose foundation donated the money toward the new building.
Thanks to Engelke Construction Services, with many Brunswick alumni on staff, who have taken over project management. Mike Vrsansky is our Project Manager.
The donation above and the state grant received through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission have allowed us to get the project started. But we still need to raise more money to cover the remainder of the costs including utility setup fees, finishing the interior and more. Continue below for past fund raisers and on the main page for current activities.
The event was held at the Diamond Event Center, 1480 Pearl Rd in Brunswick. The event was a great success and puts us a lot closer to our goal for the new building! Many thanks to Judy Galo and her team for all their hard work in the planning and execution of this event.
Carl Bilski, president of the Brunswick Area Historical Society, has found a way to personalize the bricks, sales of which are helping to fund the new building at Heritage Farm that will house artifacts from 200 years of Brunswick Schools history.
Bilski has made up samples with the Blue Devil logo and class year -- his was Brunswick High School Class of 1959. He emphasized that even if you have already purchased a Visintainer brick ($10 with a certificate of authenticity), you can bring it back to be inscribed and your $10 will go toward the $100 cost of an inscribed brick. Another way to help, if you’re not a BHS graduate or want to commemorate a special person, is to have names inscribed. You can keep the brick or, if you donate the inscribed brick, it will be used as part of a “tower.”
The society has been chosen to preserve the 1852 bell that came from the First Christian Church adjacent to Towslee Elementary School. That congregation sold its building after a 174-year history in the community. It is hoped that some sort of tower structure will be built to preserve the bell and those columns could be used to display the engraved bricks.
Each brick donation is $100 for one with the logo and class year as shown in the photo. “If you want names on it,” Bilski said, “it’s $145. People can see on my sample bricks, that the more lettering there is, the smaller the print, so they can judge from the photo.” Bilski is encouraging classmates to chip in for a brick for their class. He will take orders via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Please share with other Brunswick High School alumni and order soon, as there are limited number of bricks,” he said. “They would make great gifts, too.”
You can also come to the Brunswick Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 4 at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, where the remaining Visintainer bricks are being sold. The $10 price per brick will still be in effect for those not wanting to engrave them.
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!