Do you know where the bell is from the 1890s central fire house tower? Do you know between 1899 and 1940 there were three major fires in Massillon—all on May 8? Or that three of the largest downtown churches have suffered serious conflagrations? Did you ever chase the fire trucks on your bicycle?

At the Massillon Museum’s next History Discussion Group session on Tuesday, May 2, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, moderator Chris Craft will lead a conversation about fires such as the Conrad Hotel, the Erie Hotel, Buckeye and Ceres feed mills, The Alibi, and St. Mary’s Church. The discussion may lead to childhood visits to a fire station or the annual November 30 service in remembrance of the seven firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty in Massillon. Everyone is welcome to bring related stories and photographs.

The History Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Fred F. Silk Community Room in the Museum’s lower level. The Museum is handicap accessible. The group chats casually about a pre-announced topic, usually a segment of Massillon history.

Attendance is free and open to everyone with a story to tell or a desire to listen; new participants are welcome at any time. Some people come every month; others attend when the topic is of particular interest. No reservations are required. Coffee and pastries are available for a donation.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio 172), in downtown Massillon. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or

Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator – 330-844-1525