January has arrived and that means there are officially 10 more weeks of winter still ahead of us. With the end of the holiday season, winter seems to drag on. Between the shoveling of snow and the packing away of holiday decorations, the winter doldrums can seem to stretch on forever.
However, winter can be the perfect time to turn inward. During these winter months I catch up on the movies I somehow missed, I read more books than the other 9 months combined, and I spend a good deal of time sorting, archiving and researching everything from family history to dealing with all that stuff I brought home over the past year.
Here at the Historical Parks this season is no time for boredom either. With the arrival of 2015 we welcome programing to the Fairfield County Historical Parks events calendar. I am busy planning, researching and reading in preparation for programing in the warmer seasons ahead. Although I have not grown up in Fairfield County or even Southeast Ohio (I’m a native of Lorain County, Ohio), I have to admire the rich history that exists here. I have always enjoyed history, and as I began looking into Fairfield County’s local history I quickly came across a number of history books that deliver a wonderful overview of the last 200-plus years of Fairfield County.
As I read through these books, I do so with a county map spread out beside me and access to a computer nearby. There’s a lot of information to be processed and I’ve come to see this as a treasure hunt. In fact, I could do this same activity for my hometown in Lorain County, and it’s an adventure I invite you to join me in pursuing.
After all, winter is the perfect time to get reacquainted with the places we call home. Consider checking out these books from your local library. Then again these titles could be as close as coffee table or bookshelf in the very house you call home.
These local history books offer great understanding and knowledge for the program planning I’m involving myself with this wintery season. They might save you from milling about with that obnoxious boredom and give you some more “grist” for your mill.
Titles pictured above:
Covered Bridges of Fairfield County, Ohio by John W. Klages
Crossroads and Fence Corners, Volumes I and II by Charles R. Goslin
Fifty-Six Miles Into the Hills by David A. Meyer
Lancaster, Ohio 1800-2000 by David R. Contosta
A Complete History of Fairfield County, Ohio by Harvey Scott
Fairfield County Remembered by Herbert M. Turner
–Dan Mole, Program and Volunteer Specialist