Tuscarawas Valley Heritage, Inc.

124 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Phone: (330) 602-2420 / Fax: (330) 602-2433

Embracing the world through the sharing of our past, present and future”

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Completed Projects

  • In 2006, 2007, and 2008,  completed a newspaper insert with a complete list of holiday events in local publications. Insert was co-sponsored by Verizon and in 2008, was this advertising was listed in the Times Reporter, The Budget, The Newcomerstown News and the Bargain Hunter for a total circulation of almost 150,000.

  • Partnered with Leadership Tuscarawas Class of 2007 on the development of "History in a Box" which are boxes of historical show and tell items. These boxes will be used in history classes around the county for student teaching.

  • 50,000 Maps of Tuscarawas County were produced and distributed with the assistance of Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Maps showcase historic sites in the county along with lodging options. This was co-sponsored by Altria.

  • In 2008, the first "field trip" grant was awarded to a Trenton Avenue Elementary class which allowed them to tour the Dennison Railroad Depot and the County Court House.  72 students (83% first time visitors) toured both facilities on May 22 and learned about the Depot as well as being invited to sit in on a court room and learn about the local judicial system.

  • Sponsored printed bookmark "Where Ohio History Begins" for Schoenbrunn Village State Memorial for its Public Open House on July 30, 2008. Also facilitated sponsorship of refreshments and program. 900 Residents attended this event, some visiting the village for the very first time.

  • Sponsored open house of new Uhrichsville Clay Museum on October 12, 2008. 250 Students were on hand to receive free ice cream and make their own clay trivet. The clay trivet was painted by the students, and fired in a kiln and available for the students to pick up the following week.

  • Central Elementary played host to an "In-House Field Trip." Actors Joe Bonamico and Don Lane from Trumpet in the Land--- Ohio's Longest Running outdoor drama were on hand to discuss the show and describe life during the 1700's. Simon Girty one of the central characters in the production was portrayed by Bonamico.    Special emphasis was placed on how actors get into "character" for each show and scenes from the show were photo copied and children  from the class were allowed to get up on stage and act out the scenes with both Joe and Don.

 

  • Students from Indian Hills Christian School in New Philadelphia conducted an archeological dig of the hillside behind the school, rumored to be a lookout point over the Tuscarawas Valley and Tuscarawas River. Four sites, 16 square feet each, were mapped out and dug. Representatives from Schoenbrunn Village also assisted the students and staff in using the proper procedures.

 

 

Current Projects

  • Provide field trip grants to local educators:

  • Assisting the Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation in studying the feasibility of rebuilding Fort Laurens. Currently the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau began operating Fort Laurens through a cooperative use agreement with the Ohio Historical Society in
    March 2009.

  • Have retained a consultant to take the "History in a Box" project to the next level which will include an inventory of all boxes, plan a meeting with educators and help determine a process of curriculum alignment for proficiency testing for the state of Ohio and 3rd graders.  Other parts of this project may include a workshop for educators which will be a “train the trainer” concept to teach educators how to best use the “history in a box” material.

Future Projects

  • Develop a teacher advisory council and curriculum self-help as it relates to historic sites in the area.

  • Continue to grant monies to area schools to allow grade school students to visit historic sites in the county.

  • Prepare  a new and updated educators guide to be used in the “History in a Box”.

  • Create sample assignment/lesson plan incorporating a curriculum indicator.

  • Prepare and print a tri-fold brochure to be distributed locally offering a glimpse of who TVH is, what we have done and solicit for donation.