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Alliance area has many points of interest for visitors

Published: April 3, 2014 9:27 AM

Alliance has many educational, cultural and historical points of interest for visitors and natives to enjoy. An afternoon spent touring one of the city’s museums is not an afternoon wasted.

MUSEUMS

Alliance Historical Black History Museum — Tributes to inventors, music, authors as well as state and national politics also can be found within this museum's walls. The museum, which is located at 220 S. Arch Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 330-257-5782.

Feline Historical Museum — A recent addition to Alliance’s ever-evolving downtown, the Feline Historical Museum, operated by the Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation, now occupies the former Midland-Buckeye Savings and Loan building on Main Street. For more information, visit www.felinehistoricalfoundation.com.

National First Ladies Library (and Museum) — The National First Ladies' Library is the only one of its kind educating the public of the contributions made by our country's first ladies in the museum located within the Education and Research Center, 205 Market Ave. South in Canton, or the family home of First Ida Saxton McKinley. Reservations are highly recommended as tour size is limited. For more information, visit www.firstladies.org.

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McKinley Presidential Library and Museum — A family friendly history and science museum in Canton, the McKinley includes various different permanent fixtures, such as a planetarium and research libraries as well as is on the sites of the McKinley National Memorial, where the former U.S. President and his family is buried. For more information, visit www.mckinleymuseum.org.

Pro Football Hall of Fame —More than 115,000 square feet house the exhibits that  present pro football's unique story in a Canton location. Captivating, interactive exhibits celebrate pro football's history, the legends of the game, and the stars and record-breaking moments of today's NFL. For more information, visit www.profootballhof.com

HISTORICAL SITES

Alliance City Cemetery — Alliance City Cemetery is a perfect place to learn Alliance’s buried history. Tours are given by cemetery historian John Gross, who focuses on cemetery architecture, burial customs and the great tales of the people who developed the city of Alliance. Alliance City Cemetery is located at 541 W. Vine St. Call 330-821-2366 for more information.

Glamorgan Castle — Built in 1904 by Col. William Henry Morgan, Glamorgan Castle is one of Alliance’s most well-known landmarks. Though the estate is now home to Alliance City Schools, tours are offered by the Castle Crusaders. Glamorgan Castle is located at 200   Glamorgan St. Call 330-821-2100 for information.

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Haines House — The Alliance Area Preservation Society maintains the Haines House, which provided a safe haven for fugitive slaves but also served as a meeting place for many abolitionist gatherings. The Haines House is located at 186 W. Market St. Call 330-829-4668 for more information.

Mabel Hartzell Historical Home — The Mabel Hartzell Historical Home was the home of Mabel Hartzell and offers a glimpse of life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Prearranged tours of the Hartzell home, 840 N. Park Ave, are available by calling 330-823-1677.

GALLERIES

Crandall Gallery — As part of the University of Mount Union, Crandall Gallery features faculty and student art as well as exhibits from renowned artists. Various paintings, photography, prints and other forms of visual art are on display throughout the academic year. It is located on Mount Union’s campus at 35 W. Simpson St.

Jupiter Studios — Jupiter Studios, a community center with a focus on art, including performing arts, offers workshops, theater, music, films, a community art gallery and fundraising event space. Visit www.jupiterstudios.org for more information.

Paris Gallery and Studio — The space primarily serves as a place for Alliance area artists to share their talents and vision with the community through this free studio and gallery space. Located at 361 E. Main St. in historic downtown Alliance, hours are by appointment only. Call 330-913-8665 for information.


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