Programs & Events
Programs for Community / Adults
The Alliance Preservation Society presents programs throughout the area and at the Haines House for service clubs, church groups and other community organizations. Some of our programs include:
- Historic Herb Gardens
The volunteers at the Haines House have put together a program around the 26 varieties of vintage herbs in the Haines House garden. The program is offered to clubs with a maximum attendance of 25.
Appetizers and herbal teas are offered in the yard during a tour of the garden. The guests are invited in the home for a catered luncheon that uses recipes containing herbs. Then a 30 minute program explains the background and uses of the lesser known herbs. A tour of the house is optional.
- The Underground Railroad in the Alliance area. The role of local Quakers and local geography is emphasized. Contact Frank Barrett at 330-938-0087
- Civil War veterans buried at Quaker Hill and the Alliance City Cemetary.Contact Frank Barrett at 330-938-0087
- John Hunt Morgan, Confederate Civil war general. Contact Frank Barrett at 330-938-0087 4. The Sebring Brothers and their potteries. Contact Frank Barrett at 330-938-0087
- Historic Preservation in Alliance
Power Point about the process of designating buildings in Alliance as local landmarks. Contact Martha McClaugherty 330-821-6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs for Schools / Children
AAPS presents programs for children and school groups both in schools and at the Haines House. Some of our programs include:
- Life in Alliance Before Electricity
This Kindergarten Program at the Haines House was developed to teach the children what life in Alliance was like without electricity. It covers the Common Core standards for this level.
Each class is divided into 3 groups of 7-8 children. They rotate among three stations. In the first station, they compare the 1850 kitchen with theirs at home. They learn how to make cornbread and butter. The students shell the corn cobs, grind the corn, mix batter and pretend to bake in a wood burning stove. While they are doing this, they shake cream to make butter. Then they get a small corn muffin with home-made butter to taste.
The next station allows them to learn about the life of a child in the 1850s. They wear vests and aprons and play with reproduction wooden toys.
They continue their hands-on study at the last station where they compare their daily schedule with the chores of a child in 1850. Then they write on slate with chalk. Finally, they match modern objects with antique ones commonly found in a home.
Pre- and post-lessons are prepared for the teachers and each child receives a free ticket to return to the house with an adult. The program is only offered for a minimum of 60 children.
- Imagine and Create your own Historic House: Learn about historic houses in Alliance then use your new knowledge to draw and color your own imaginary historic house. This program is designed for small groups of children and takes about 1 1/2 hours. Contact Martha at 330-821-6020 or email@example.com.
- Learn about the Underground Railroad with games and reenactments. Designed to meet 8th grade learning standards. Contact Bonnie Rittner 330-823-1434.
- Hands -on History. Children experience history by doing chores, playing historic games, preparing and cooking food, eating and making crafts. Designed for small groups of children and takes about 4 hours. Contact Michal Barrett at 330-938-0087.
- Scavenger Hunt. Designed to be used by children who accompany adults on a tour.
- $25 for a one hour local program
- $50 for out-of-town programs
- $3 per child for children's prgrams
We can create a program to meet your interests, needs and more. The Haines House is also available for small group meetings and your special event. For more information or to schedule a program, please contact us at 330-823-5353 or by email at Alliance AreaPreservation@gmail.com.
In addition to our regular Tours of the Haines House the first weekend of every month and during the Carnation Festival, the AAPS presents special events throughout the year. Special events have included Holiday Lamplight Tours, an Elegant 19th Century Dinner, Ohio History Day and, of course, our Annual Meeting held each March with a featured speaker.