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Q: Is the design of the McKinley Monument to look like a sword done on intention, or is it coincidence?
A: It is no coincidence that aerial views reveal the monument as a sword. Harold Van Buren Magonigle of New York City was chosen as the designer of the monument from more than 60 submitted designs. Construction on the monument started in 1905, and it was dedicated in 1907.
Magonigle saw the monument at the center of a large cross, representing the cross of a martyred president, according to the book “The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President.” The cross also would form a handle of a sword to symbolize McKinley’s role as commander in chief during the Spanish-American War. The blade was formed by what used to be a 575-foot lagoon. That area is now a lawn. The lagoon was filled in during the 1950s because of poor water circulation.
The 9 1/2-foot-tall statue of McKinley was done by sculptor Charles Henry Niehaus. The statue was constructed from a picture of McKinley that appeared in the Buffalo Express newspaper in 1901 from the Pan-American Exposition, at which McKinley was assassinated.
Q: I have heard the explanation from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about why people are not allowed to take pictures of any of the exhibits, but I don’t understand it. Can you shed any light on the problem? The artist obviously lent the item to the Hall, so aren’t they technically giving permission for people to see it, and possibly take home a picture as a souvenir? Thanks, Bill H.
A: Well, Bill, we got to the bottom of your question. I am hoping it has been at least a year or two since your last visit to the Rock Hall because it has changed its policy of photographs. Visitors are permitted to take hand-held video and nonflash photos for personal use. There are a few exceptions in the Hall where photography is not allowed. R&R Hall officials changed this policy recently. Again, though, flash photography is prohibited there, and in most museums because the light from the flash could, over time and several exposures, degrade the exhibit.
Q: School is right around the corner. who starts school the earliest and the latest?
A: Marlington Local is the only school district in Stark County that starts school after Labor Day. The first day for students in Marlington is September 8. Jackson, Lake and Canton City start the soonest. The first day for students at each district is August 18. Canton City students get out the earliest. Summer break for them begins May 17.
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