Mary and Joe Shurilla really hadn’t thought about owning a bed-and-breakfast until they were out walking one day. “We were taking a walk through the neighborhood and saw this Victorian home,” said Joe. “It was a duplex.”
I fell in love with history in high school because I had an absolutely amazing American history teacher. When I went to college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. There’s a joke among history majors — if you don’t want to be a teacher or a lawyer, your family will not understand how you will ever make a living.
Mimi Bogard wears several historical hats — both figurative and literal. When she’s not dressing in costume to portray first ladies Lucretia Garfield and Helen Taft, she might be found training volunteers at the National First Ladies’ Library.
History is the look at the past that shows us why we live our lives the way we do today. Sports, music, schools, our jobs, the places we visit and the ways we travel to those destinations all are affected by events in years gone by. Two publishers — Gray & Co. and Arcadia Publishing — offer a wealth of volumes that detail the way things were in Stark County. Here are a few favorite titles.
At a social event or gathering, even a black-tie affair, most people aim to blend in. To sip their punch and say their hellos with a nod and a smile. But Sheila Markley Black is comfortable standing out in a crowd.