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.


The CDC’s current guidance recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks in public indoor settings, if located in an area of substantial or high transmission. STARK COUNTY, OHIO IS CURRENTLY IN THE HIGH STATUS CATEGORY.

Tour appointments may be scheduled by calling Robb Hyde at 330-257-5751 or by emailing AllianceAreaPreservation@gmail.com.

Now through November, public walk-in hours will be held the first weekend of each month – Friday: 2 – 4 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 12 Noon; and Sunday: 1 – 3 pm.

The Haines House is an enclosed space with limited ventilation, modest total air volume, and narrow hallways, in short, an environment well-suited for aerial transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The following procedures are in place for the protection of our guests and our docents:

• Entry will be by the rear door of the Haines House at the top of the ramp from our parking lot. The tour takes about 40-45 minutes and will be conducted by a masked docent who will maintain social distancing.
• Tour groups are LIMITED IN SIZE TO SIX adults and children. ALL VISITORS will be REQUIRED to wear a face covering. Masks will be available if you need one.
• Hand sanitizing stations will be available during the tour.
• There will be no more than two groups in the House at the same time.

We want to you to visit the Haines House. It has an amazing story to tell and is a unique part of Alliance history. As with most museums and other indoor public venues these procedures will hopefully help us to remain open during a difficult time.



Although its last battle was fought more than 150 years ago, our nation continues to be haunted by the Civil War, the bloodiest and most wrenching conflict in American history. The Haines House brings Ghosts of the Civil War: Shades of Blue and Gray to Alliance on October 6th. 

Largely Literary Theater Company co-founders Sara Showman (from the South) and Mark Dawidziak (from the North) will examine the War Between the States with a mixture of haunting tales, literary selections, song and history when they visit Rodman Public Library’s Main Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The husband-and-wife team will present Ghosts of the Civil War, a 90-minute ghostly tour that begins in Ohio, with stories drawn from Marietta, a stop on the Underground Railroad and the still-standing Hope iron furnace, as well as the two Confederate cemeteries that were part of prisoner of war camps in Columbus and on Johnson's Island. The journey continues with stories from South Carolina and Virginia, with a special section about Abraham Lincoln and the White House hauntings. Literary selections include poems by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
The Largely Literary Theater Company was founded in 2002 by Dawidziak and Showman, who met when they were cast in Tennessee production of Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor.” Their mission is to champion literacy, literature and live theater by bringing to life on stage great literary works, multi-cultural stories and authors such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe.

Registration is required for their visit to Rodman Public Library by calling 330-821-2665, ext. 107, or online at rodmanlibrary.evanced.info/signup.
The Rodman Public Library is located at 215 E Broadway St. in Alliance. Free Parking is available.


Mark Dawidziak
Mark Dawidziak, recently retired as television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is an acclaimed author, playwright, director, and actor. He has written several books about Mark Twain, including Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing (1996) and Horton Foote’s The Shape of the River: The Lost Teleplay About Mark Twain (2003), and Mark Twain in Ohio (2015). His other books include the horror novel Grave Secrets and two histories of landmark TV series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook and The Night Stalker Companion.

Dawidziak met his wife, actress Sara Showman, through the stage. In 2002, they founded the Largely Literary Theater Company, a touring troupe dedicated to promoting literacy, literature and live theater. The company’s artistic director, he frequently appears in Largely Literary productions as Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. He teams with Showman for such two-person shows as Ghosts By the Tale, Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War and Twain By Two. They have appeared several times in programs at Rodman Library. He and Sarah live in Cuyahoga Falls with their daughter, Becky.

Help Alliance Preservation Efforts and the Haines House

House in a BoxcarThe Alliance Area Preservation Society works in our community to promote the importance of the structures and spaces that have been a part of our history for two centuries. The Haines House is our home, and its history and place in our community is unique. Yet, it is not the only building---or the only story---in our community. Help affirm you commitment to preserving and sharing these buildings and stories through your support of the AAPS. Your help is appreciated!





Friday, Oct 1 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 2 – 10:00 AM – NOON
Sunday, Oct 3 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Friday, Nov 5 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 6 – 10:00 AM – NOON
Sunday, Nov 7 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM

SUGGESTED ADMISSION: Adults - $5, Children Under 10 - FREE


Wednesday, Oct 6 – 6:30 PM
Ghosts of the Civil War - Shades of Blue and Grey
Rodman Library Auditorium


    Tour appointments may be scheduled by calling
    Ann Hendel at 330-821-9211, or Robb Hyde at 330-257-5751,
    or by emailing AllianceAreaPreservation@gmail.com.