Champion Historical Society

Society posthumously honors Roger Samuelson at annual banquet

The Champion Historical Society recently held its annual fall banquet. At the banquet the Society introduced two new levels of membership. The Lifetime Membership and the Memorial Membership. Families, relatives and friends will be able to posthumously honor their loved ones by purchasing a Memorial Membership. There will be a plaque placed in the One Room School House and funds raised by the Memorial Memberships will support the activities and goals of the Society. 
Roger Samuelson, long-time School Board Member and Society member, who passed in 2017 was the first name added to the plaque. The Society decided to commemorate Samuelson as he tirelessly supported the community of Champion for decades.
The Champion Historical Society would like to express thanks to all those that made the evening such a success. Thanks especially to Patty Posey for her support.
On Nov. 2 the Society will hold its Fall Banquet at 6 p.m. at Champion Presbyterian Church.  
 The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this annual community event. The Society will provide the main meat dish, dessert and beverage. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. There is no charge for members; $5 for non-members for the dinner. Membership renewal will be due at this time. Individual annual membership is $10 and family annual membership is $15. New members are welcome. 

The Society is asking attendees to please bring an item of historical interest to share with the group. After the honor ceremony, display tables will be available so that attendees may view and discuss items in an informal History Show and Tell.

In order to be adequately prepared registration for the dinner is required. Please RSVP to Babette Sisler at 330-979-3739 by Oct. 31. The Society is a member of the Champion Pride Council. Please bring a canned or boxed good for the winter food drive. We are also collecting gallon zip lock bags for the Pride Council’s 2018-2019 school supply drive. All donations are appreciated.

 Mugs make memorable gifts

The Champion Historical Society is proud to offer its limited-edition mugs of the township’s one-room schoolhouse for sale. You still have time before the holidays to get a mug or two.

The mugs feature the Shafer Road, School House Number 3 that is located next to the administration building. Proceeds from the sale of the mugs will go towards renovations that are needed to maintain the building.

The mugs are a limited edition and once the edition is sold-out, they will not be reproduced. The black and white C-style mug is $10. Orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information or call 330.979.3739 to place your order.

Champion Historical Society to feature Underground Railroad Presentation

The Champion Historical Society held FREE presentation on in September in the Township office, adjacent to the Champion Township Cemetery. The Society was pleased to welcome Melissa Karman, director of the Sutliff Museum. Her topic of presentation will be Myths of the Underground Railroad and how the Sutliff family was involved. There was a short business meeting of the Society. New members and interested community members 

Champion Historical Society Annual Picnic

The Champion Historical Society Annual picnic and social gathering was held at the One Room Schoolhouse located adjacent to the Township Cemetery on Wednesday, July 26.  It was a beautiful night for members and friends. Those in attendance were treated to rides in a vintage Model A. The Society is currently planning an outing for its September details. Check back often for updates. - Photos courtesy of Rhonda Fonce

Champion Historical Society awards annual scholarship

The Champion Historical Society was pleased to present, Emily Janikowski, its annual scholarship of $350. The scholarship is open to Champion High School graduating seniors who meet the guidelines, write and present an essay at the Society’s May meeting. Emily’s essay was chosen as it astutely expressed many of the principles and goals of the society.
The Champion Historical Society is dedicated to preservation, restoration and dissemination of local, state and national history. Our focus is to explore our local history and to educate ourselves and our community about the history of Champion Township. Please visit www.championhistoricalsociety.com for more information.

Picture (from left) – Babette Sisler, Society President, Emily Janikowski, scholarship recipient, Rhonda Fonce, Society Treasurer, Charlene Wilson, Society Secretary and scholarship presenter.

Champion Historical Society sets May meeting

Champion Historical Society will hold its May meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at the One Room School House adjacent to Champion Township cemetery 6 p.m. The 2017 Society Scholarship recipient, Emily Janikowski,  will share her essay on the importance of preserving local history.  
Ongoing and upcoming projects will also be discussed. The School House is open to the public at this time and community members can view the many artifacts held in the Society's care. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.

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Groundbreaking artifact presented to Champion Historical Society

The Champion Historical Society was recently presented with a shovel by the Champion School Board of Education. Kelly Boyle, board president, made the presentation. The shovel was used in the recent groundbreaking of the new Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 school building by the Champion Schools Board of Education. Society member Karen Vitale accepted this artifact on behalf of the organization. This is history in the making and the Society is so happy to become the custodians of this item.

Irons hold an interesting place in history

The Champion Historical Society held a very informative program on Wednesday, March 29 at Champion Estates, 1 Windsor Place, located on the Windsor House Campus off of Champion St. East. 
The Society welcomed Mr. John Streitferdt who gave a presentation of vintage irons and steamers and other items of interest. He brought items from his personal collection and related their significance on daily life as well as industry that these vintages items hold. 
The next Society meeting will be Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at the One Room Schoolhouse located adjacent to the Township Cemetery. The Champion Historical Society 2017 Scholarship recipient will present their essay. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Champion Historical Society Annual Scholarship 

The Champion Historical Society is pleased to be able to offer a one-time, non-renewing scholarship of $350. The scholarship is open to Champion High School graduating seniors. Click the button to access the scholarship requirements. Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2017. The recipient will be announced at the 2017 CHS Scholarship night on May 1. The scholarship will be awarded on the May 24 Society meeting where the recipient will make the essay presentation. 
The Champion Historical Society is dedicated to preservation, restoration and dissemination of local, state and national history. Our focus is to explore our local history and to educate ourselves and our community about the history of Champion Township.
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About the Society

The mission of the Champion Historical Society is maintain open membership, advance local historical knowledge, preserve historical artifacts and information, and promote the longevity of the Society.


Membership in the Society

Do you have a passion for learning about the history of different objects, people and locations? Are you now or have you ever lived in Champion Township? Do you want to support local preservation of local history? Are you interested in joining the Society? 

Joining is quick and easy and only takes a few minutes! Simply fill out the form and send your information and dues to the Society. Members may also use the form for renewal purposes.

Membership dues for the Champion Historical Society are $10.00 for an individual, and $15.00 per family (living in the same residence).  Dues are annual and not prorated. Thank you!
Champion Historical Society Membership Form
The Champion Historical Society is offering the perfect gift this holiday season: Membership Gift Certificates. Purchase a gift membership for family or friends. Individual Membership Gift Certificates are only $10. 

Bundle your Membership Gift Certificate with a Champion Historical Society mug for $20. Complete the package with Champion Historical Society notecards for a total of $25. All items can be purchased separately as well. All proceeds support the Champion Historical Society. 
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Champion Historical Society holds honors banquet

The Champion Historical Society held its annual honors banquet. The much deserved recipient of the Society’s Honored member was Rhonda Fonce. Rhonda was instrumental in the reformation of the society seven years ago. Rhonda served two terms as Society president. In that role she has help rekindle an interest in local history and has organized many presentations and events. Rhonda now serves as the Society treasurer. Eadie Sampson, past recipient of the Society’s Honored Person of the year award, gave a lovely speech about the contribution Rhonda has made to the Society and the community.

The Champion Historical Society would like to express thanks to all those that made the evening such a success. Thanks especially to Eadie, Randy, and Lynette Sampson and Patty Posey for their support.

History Show and Tell
The event also featured a History Show and Tell where attendees were able to share personal items that have some historic interest. The items were varied and interesting. Items included an antique iron fluter, silver spoons, glassware, vintage Disney memorabilia, a children’s book of 365 bedtime stories, a Champion Presbyterian Church combative plate, and a mourning cape.

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