In April, the Hart Mansion Restaurant hosted a fundraiser for the arts in Minerva called “Chair-ity.” The newest 20/20 Vision Minerva public art project Big Chair (by artists Marty Chapman and Sally Lytle) was unveiled that night. It celebrates that some very “big” people have been associated with Minerva, and specifically President McKinley who had a summer home there. That night 100 guests wined and dined and bid on much-smaller artistic chair creations made by local artists.
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.
It would be hard to imagine the Ida Saxton McKinley home as anything other than a fine Victorian mansion. Amazingly, the beautifully restored building at 331 Market Ave. S once held the Bargain Center Grocery and a barbershop. It even had a faux storefront disguising the former first lady’s childhood residence.