June 4, 2018
My wife Alyson and I went to the Dennison Railroad Festival over the weekend. It was a typical festival with rides, live entertainment, food vendors, and a parade. Being history nerds we walked around the town to look at the architecture, and find the usual places most towns have; schools, churches, Odd Fellows Lodge, Masonic Temple, Red Cross. We found the old high school, now an intermediate school that was designed in a Collegiate Gothic style by architect J.K. Griffin of Canton, Ohio. The cornerstone was laid October 23, 1927, and the school opened in the fall of 1928.
Another Canton connection was found in the tasty Yard Restaurant by the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad, just down the street from Dennison’s Historic Railroad Station. On the website, and also in the restaurant’s menu was a story of the first Pro Football Hall of Fame Queen, Cynthia Hershey Pangrazio.
Our third discovery was the wonderful Dennison Railroad Museum. Here is my review of the museum that I wrote on the museum’s Facebook page:
The Dennison Railroad Museum is a fun interactive way to learn about the history of our area and how it connects to world history. The theme of the Canteen during World War Two is fascinating. The film at the beginning of the experience is up to date, and full of information. The work your volunteers and staff put into the entire museum is much appreciated, and will be appreciated by others for years to come. Bing was our favorite part of the story…
The museum’s rotating exhibit is about historic amusement parks in Ohio. We found Canton’s Meyer’s Lake Park!
A sandwich bag that was given to a soldier at the Dennison Canteen, carried throughout his tour of duty, stored away for fifty years then donated to the Dennison Museum.
We had a great time in Dennison, Ohio. Just a short drive from Canton, Ohio. Well worth the trip!
Mark G. Holland
McKinley Presidential Library & Museum