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Through the Years - A Local History Series @ Your Library

The Tuscarawas County Public Library System will present a five-part local history series that will have you reminiscing about days gone by, appreciating the local heritage unique to our communities, and, perhaps, pondering the possibilities of our future. The series is sponsored by the Tuscarawas Valley Heritage Inc. and presented in partnership with local organizations and longtime county residents.

“A session at each of our five locations will highlight the local history of that community,” said Michelle McMorrow Ramsell Director of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System. “We are eager to have community member join forces to observe, learn and share the history which made Tuscarawas County what it is today.”

Historic photos will be shared at each session and discussions and presentation with local community members or historians will reflect upon the past and present of our communities.

The Through the Years Local History Series includes

  • Main Library - Topic: Does My House Have Secrets?

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM (121 Fair Ave. NW)

Jerry Stoughton, a member of the Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association, will

enlighten us on the how, when, and why New Philadelphia City Council changed the

names of its streets and the numbering of its buildings.


  • Strasburg Branch - Topic: Garver Brothers Store

Thursday, March 30 at 6 PM at the Strasburg Branch (356 5th St.)

Barb Limbacher and Jim Rowe will lead a discussion about the history of the former

Garver Brothers Store.


  • Sugarcreek Branch - Topic: World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock

Friday, April 7 at 6 PM at the Sugarcreek Branch (120 S Broadway St.)

Join Kelly Engstrom and Sugarcreek Mayor Clayton Weller as they discuss the

Sugarcreek’s historic “World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock.”


  • Bolivar Branch - Topic: Fort Laurens

Thursday, April 6 at 6 PM at the Bolivar Branch (455 West Water St.)

Guest speaker Megan Clevenger will share information about Fort Laurens – its history

and plans for the future.


  • Tuscarawas Branch - Topic: Tuscarawas County Basketball League

Tuesday, April 25 at 6 PM at the Tuscarawas Branch (209 South Main St.)

Dr. Matthew J. Gladman will discuss the history of the Tuscarawas County Basketball

League and Annual Tournament that ran from 1922-1967.


Space is limited for these programs and registration is required. To register or for more information, call the nearest TCPL location: Bolivar 330-874-2720, New Philadelphia 330-364-4474, Strasburg 330-878-5711, Sugarcreek 330-852-2813 or Tuscarawas 740-922-2748 or visit