Flag Day in Downtown Massillon

Walk among downtown Massillon’s charming old buildings and through its beautiful Veterans Memorial Park on a guided downtown walking tour with local historian Margy Vogt on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, beginning at 2:00 p.m.  “You’ll be surprised at how many ways Massillon shows its patriotism and honors its veterans,” Vogt said.

Special attention will be paid to Meal of Honor Park and stories of patriotism and heroism in honor of Flag Day, but walkers will also learn which blocks of downtown Massillon burned in the 1800s and how far the Tuscarawas River flooded during the 1913 flood. They will hear about streetcars, gambling, a gangster funeral, human flies, one of the state’s first speeding tickets, an airplane built in a second-story hotel room, and Massillon’s soap box derby.  Tales about Massillon’s 196-year-old downtown will include the canal, early businesses, murals, National Register sites, community leaders, celebrations, downturns, and revitalization.

The tour will begin in front of the Massillon Museum. No reservations are necessary; the $10 fee may be paid at the beginning of the tour, which is wheelchair accessible. In case of rain, the tour will be cancelled—call 330-844-1525 for last-minute weather checks.

Vogt’s books, Massillon: Reflections of a Community and Fourth Street: A Century of History and Design, will be available for purchase before and after the tour.  They are always available at the Massillon Museum.

For more information, contact Margy Vogt at 330-844-1525 or vogt@sssnet.com.

 

Media Contact:  Margy Vogt  –  330.844.1525

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