Individual Membership: $20.00
Family Membership: $30.00
Patron Membership: $50.00
Business Membership: $100.00
Lifetime Membership: $500.00
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in 1862, the Ward Thomas House was the home of two prominent Niles
industrial families. James Ward, who built the house,
was a pioneer in the iron industry in the Mahoning Valley. He
built puddling plants, Falcon Nail and Iron Company and the Russia
mill for manufacturing steel.
owners were John and Margaret Thomas who came
to this country from Wales. The Thomas family founded the Niles
Firebrick Company and later, Mahoning Valley Steel. The Thomas
family occupied the house until 1969 when the property was deeded
to the City of Niles. Through the efforts of Clare Westenfield,
a local attorney, the house became the home of the Niles Historical
house is now a museum consisting of fourteen rooms, many furnished
in the style of the period, some with furniture owned by the Thomas
family and donated to the museum. The museum collection has more
than 5000 items, including many from the two families. Throughout
the museum, mannequins wear life size replicas of the White House
ladies’ gowns displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in
on the five acre property are a recently restored barn and a 1925
green house as well a various gardens and 56 varieties of trees
in the arboretum. Care of the house and gardens is done by volunteers
and the house is decorated appropriately for each season.
the back porch of the Ward-Thomas house, a walk-way leads to a
secondary building. This building is used as a workspace for the
first Sunday of each month the Thomas House is open to the public
from 2 - 5 pm.
The last tour begins at 4:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm.
guided tours may be arranged by contacting the Niles
or calling: 330.544.2143.
2017 Annual Spring Dinner speaker: Traci Manning
Our speaker will be Traci Manning ,
Curator of Education of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.
Her topic is described in the paragraph below.
Founding Mothers: Great Women
in Mahoning Valley History
Catherine Dougherty Hillman, Margaret Van Horn Dwight,
Dora Schwebel, Mary Ann Campana. The lives of these women
are woven into the history of the Mahoning Valley. Learn about
the women who lived, worked, and learned here – and
how their stories and struggles helped to shape and change
the Mahoning Valley
2017 Scheduled Meetings/Events
April 1, 2017
Membership Meeting 10 AM
Open to all dues paying members
Open House Tours
April 2, 2017, 2-5pm
2017 Annual Spring
The Niles Historical Society
will have their Spring Dinner on April 26, 2017 at Ciminero's
Ralph Tolbert will
present a slide show — Photographs from the Past
There will be raffles. door
prizes, and items for sale. Tickets are $25.00 per person.
Doors will open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:00. Please call for
tickets at: 330 652 8329.
Historical Society Officers
President — Anna Marie
Vice-President — Dave Martin
Treasurer — Patty Burgess-Fisher
Secretary — MaryAnn McMahon
Corresponding Secretary — Ruth
Sandy Bilovesky, Fremont Camerino, Nancy Malone
Front: Sandy Bilovesky, Fremont
Camerino, Nancy Malone
Back: Dave Martin, Patty Burgess-Fisher, Anna Marie Beagle, MaryAnn
|A new book item for sale is:
Electric Pullman by Lawrence Brough,
which tells the History of the Niles Car and Manufacturing Company.
Erie Street view of the Niles Car & Manufacturing Company,
makers of one of the finest lines of plush electric cars of the
area. This building was located on the block bounded by Erie,
South Cedar, Allison Avenue and Mason Street. the plant operated
for 16 years before being converted to truck chassis production.PO1.1434