SOUTHINGTON - To showcase township history, the Southington Community Trust is opening the historic Chalker Building off state Route 305 each month for public viewing.
Sue Tietz of the Southington Community Trust said the Chalker Building will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.the fourth Saturday of the month. The building will also be open Aug. 10 during the Back to School event for local children.
Tietz said the community trust members have been holding tours of the building for third-grade students and are finalizing the text for an Ohio Historical Society History marker to be installed this fall at the war memorial area between the Chalker Building and the 1907 school building.
She said the effort is being worked on by the Ohio Historical Preservation Society in Columbus, since the two buildings and area between them are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building's first floor has displays of various historical items, such as furniture, board games, maps, photos and newspaper article, many of which were donated by members of the community.
"We have local history to tie in with the American history classes taught at the school," Tietz said.
Pam Houser of the trust group said there is a veterans' collection that includes the history of local veterans in the area.
Tietz said the basement of the building has a chemistry lab and the upstairs has classrooms.
Helping with inventory of items in the building is local resident David Silvernail, an art history graduate from Baldwin Wallace College, who said he is planning to eventually go into museum work. He will study at Boston University.
Houser is planning a memorial tree project fundraiser in which people can purchase a tree in memory or honor of a loved one. She said the trees will be planted near the war memorial area near the Chalker Building.
In addition to the monthly open houses, tours can be arranged by calling call 330-898-0654.
Donations can be made to the Southington Community Trust, P.O. Box 301, Southington, OH 44470
The trust was formed to acquire, preserve and display culturally and historically significant local resources to help people better understand local history.