Letter from the Editor: Be a tourist right here in Stark County | April 2009

Historical and cultural treasures are bountiful in Stark County. Our local treasures bind us together. They allow us to take collective pride in our hometown and remember our history.

Historical and cultural treasures are bountiful in Stark County. Our local treasures bind us together. They allow us to take collective pride in our hometown and remember our history.

In this issue of About, reporter Ed Balint highlights some of Stark County’s cultural and historical treasures.

We include 10 as a subjective sampling of one-of-a-kind places throughout the county. There are so many more treasures that deserve to be featured — several jump to mind right away.

The 10 we selected are simply a conversation starter to remind us of the places and things that make Stark County special. The abundance of treasures found here is a testament to our rich history.

McKinley monument director Joyce Yut, who appears on our cover inside the memorial, said she thinks the Canton landmark is well-used by residents here. She estimates 200,000 people visit the grounds each year.

“It is amazing how many people come and bring their guests,” Yut said. “It is well-known and well-used.”

Other sites included in our package may not be as well known, such as the JFK memorial at Stadium Park in Canton or the Haas Historical Museum in Minerva.

I urge you to take some time to be a tourist right here in Stark County and visit all of the treasures that surround us.

We must nurture and take care of our history to ensure we can pass on our treasures to our children.

Also in this issue…

Speaking of treasures, in this issue, meet Char Lautzenheirser. Char is the executive director of the Canton Classic Car Museum — and she knows her cars.

“I have been a car guy my whole life,” she told reporter Charita Goshay. That she is and her personality shines in this story.

Also check out Dan Kane’s story about the resurgence of ballroom dancing. It’s in the spotlight since being featured in TV programs and movies over the last few years, and the effects are being seen right here in Stark County.

Blessings,
Darla