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David Swope

David Swope Working in the McKinley Archives

We want to welcome David Swope to our team at the Presidential Library!

David is one of our new volunteers and we would like everyone to get to know him.

He grew up in Canton, living here his whole life and still does. Growing up in Harter Heights, he remembers a pretty serene childhood. Right down the road from his house was Harter Elementary, where he attended school, and where kids gathered to play together. They played the regular games as kids, like kick the can and playing ball until they had to go home.

He attended Lincoln High School, and attended Malone College (now Malone University,) majoring in History. One of his aspirations for choosing his major was to be a part of social change and to empower people. As he went through college, he had an overwhelming desire to help students, especially those in urban districts.

After graduating from Malone, he moved to Arizona to attend graduate school at the University of Arizona. He was able to further his education this way and when he came back to Canton, he became a certified teacher.

In 1987, he became a history teacher at Lehman Middle School until 1999. After Lehman, he moved on to teaching students at the Freshman Academy before going on to teach at McKinley Senior High School. There he taught high school students AP history courses. Since then, he has retired, but explains teaching is a never ending process.

In his spare time, he likes to read non-fiction books and play with his golden retriever. As a teacher, he found that he wasn’t able to dig deep into topics like he could in his spare time. He discovered a love for British history and is getting into French history as well and enjoys reading about both subjects. David has over 2,000 books in his collection, ranging from different genres of nonfiction, fiction, art history, and history books.

David has volunteered in the library for a little over a month now. He got involved with the McKinley Presidential Library because he wanted to do more than just teach history, he wanted to be immersed in it. On his first day, he thought that he would start off slow. He actually ended up working on one project, finishing it, and then moving on to another one by the end of the day. His favorite aspects of volunteering here is that he gets to see documents and artifacts that are historically important, not only to the museum, but to the United States. He is impressed at how knowledgeable the other volunteers are and how easily it is to strike up interesting conversations out of the blue.

Being able to see history and connecting the threads of information is something that he really enjoys and gets to do at our library. Being a former history teacher, this is something that he really finds interesting and loves being apart of that process. He hopes to be a volunteer with us for a long time and to never stop learning.

We want to thank David for letting us interview him and allow us to share his story on our social media. Our team at the McKinley Presidential Library loves being able to share stories of our volunteers with people outside of the museum and we want you to be apart of that too!

If you would like information on how to become a volunteer, be sure to private message our page or call the museum at: (330) 455-7043

April 11, 2019
Samantha Weaver, Intern
McKinley Presidential Library