Niles museum features club, lodge displays

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NILES, Ohio – The Niles Historical Society’s Ward Thomas Museum is ready to show how ladies’ club meetings used to be held with a new exhibit.

Old times. When the Niles Federation of Women’s Clubs was formed in 1910, the Woman Lyceum, Progress Club, New Century and Query Circle were the original members.

The current display highlights some of the groups’ accomplishments and features several lodges, scouts, YMCA, athletic club and other groups.

The display on the first floor shows pictures of the early clubs and newspaper accounts of meetings, including the Hen Pecked Men’s Club articles.

Also included are artifacts from the Woman’s Relief Corps of Niles, started in 1866.

More to see. A group of commemorative plates are also on display in the museum. They represent area churches as well as the McKinley Memorial, Hiram College, James Garfield Home and others.

The large club and lodge display can be viewed during regular open house tours the first Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.

Admission is a $2 donation and parking is free.

For more information call 330-544-2143.

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