Our Mission Statement:

The Alliance Area Preservation Society promotes the preservation and restoration of historic structures in the Carnation City and maintains the Haines House Underground Railroad Museum.


Save a Landmark in 3 Easy Lessons---
May 6th at the Haines House

House in a BoxcarThe AAPS presents its monthly Haines House Open House the first weekend of May with a special twist. On Saturday morning, May 6th, special tours will be led beginning at 10 am and 11 am highlight the most recent part of the home`s history: the reclamation and restoration of Alliance`s oldest brick home and an important site on The Underground Railroad. The tours will be led by AAPS members Martha McClaugherty, Robb Hyde and Maryjo Hepler, all involved in the effort to purchase the House and complete the extensive restoration and renovation. Hepler is also a former resident of the historic home.

The tour will detail the home`s humble beginning as a one-room structure in 1928, and continue to detail the increasingly impressive additions made by its original owner, John Grant, early Stark County pioneer and father of Sarah Grant Haines. The changes throughout the building`s nearly 190-year lifespan reflect its changing residents as well as its changing features. Want to know what it takes to take on such an ambitious project? Visit the Haines House on May 6th to find out. A $3.00 per person donation is requested.

Your Historic Home - An Ongoing Initative from AAPS

Andrew RichmondThe Alliance Area Preservation Society plans to help people throughout thecommunity unlock the history of their own historic homes---be it a 19th Century Second Empire or a 50s Ranchhome. Your Historic Home is a multi-year project to build a strong foundation of knowledge about the homes of Alliance, and help individuals learn how to research the history of their house. Each year we will focus research, surveys and programming around a particular house type found in the area, or a specific neighborhood in Alliance. We are conducting house history research workshops to teach people about the resources available to research the history of their home. Finally, AAPS has a house history Jump Start for every researcher, to provide the name of the first landowner of their property, the first plat of their property and neighborhood, and the building date of their home.

In 2016, we focused on Sears Modern Homes and other kit houses built in Alliance. These houses represent a period when the concept of home ownership and consumerism met in the creation of kit homes in a variety of architectural styles that could be planned by experts, manufactured in bulk, and built economically and efficiently in every corner of the country. Many were built in Alliance.

This year we're highlighting two subjects: the first large house lot addition in the late 19th Century---the Teeters Lamborn Addition, and our community's Mid-Century Modern Homes, built after World War II. Over the next several years, we will focus on a relatively unique area known as the Government Addition, which was one of 36 projects built nationwide by the Federal Government during and after World War I; three neighborhoods which were known as West Park Heights, College Hill and Parkside Homes; and the fondly remembered Goat Hill.


Saturday May 6: 10 AM and 11 AM.
Special Topic Tour: Preserving the Haines House. In Celebration of Historic Preservation Month, join Maryjo Hepler, Robb Hyde and Martha McClaugherty for a tour highlighting the details of restoring Alliance's oldest standing brick landmark building.

Sunday, May 7: Open for Tours, 1-3 PM.

Tuesday, May 23:
Your Historic Home: Alliance's First Housing Boom-A Thousand Homes
7:00 pm at Rodman Library Auditorium
Robb Hyde will help us learn about the home sites laid out by Elisha Teeters and Levi Lamborn after the Civil War. 990 lots were created between Union Ave. on the west, Mahoning on the east, Broadway on the north, and Milner on the south....the heart of Alliance and it's 19th Century boom years.

Saturday, June 3: Open for tours, 10 AM-noon

Saturday, June 3: 10 am-noon. Docent Training. Learn how to give tours at the Haines House or get refreshed if you trained a while ago.

Sunday, June 4: Open for tours, 1-3 PM

Tuesday June 6: 6:30 PM
Your Historic Home: Researching Your House History Workshop
at Rodman Library Computer Lab

Saturday, July 1: --- Open for Tours, 10 AM-Noon.

Sunday, July 2: ----- Open for Tours, 1-3 PM.


The Haines House is located at 186 West Market Street, Alliance, Ohio 44601.

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