CWHS students embrace local history
By Linda Dillman
Stand in the center of Canal Winchester and you are enveloped in the history of a transport-based city, dotted with local and national celebrities, and a rich creative artistic presence.
In 2017, Todd Sautters, a social studies teacher at Canal Winchester High School, and English teacher Seth Bixler capitalized on the town’s local history by creating a semester-long academic journal class (now called Winchester Canal Historical Research) charged with two objectives: a group project applying for an Ohio historical marker and the completion of individual research papers.
Two groups submit nominations. One of them succeeded in his quest for a plaque honoring an old school building.
Although the class goals were met, it took four years to complete the project submitted by 2018 graduates Trey Brown, Silas Crase, Reid Chapman and Bailey Sumner on September 24, when the historic marker was unveiled during a ceremony on the grounds of the school district’s Washington Street Education Center.
Other members of the 2017-18 class included Caleb Anderson, Logan Crist, Nicholas Duncan and Brandi Gidley. The current class is made up of 21 students.
â€œThe Ohio Historical Marker commemorates the history of the local Winchester Canal School’s education center,â€ said Sautters, who called the building a symbol of the growth and history of Canal Winchester. â€œIt was the only school in Canal Winchester. Over the years, as the community grew, the school grew. Additions have been included. Until the current CW Middle School was built in 2007, it was a functional school building.
As the town’s population grew, so did the size of the old Winchester Canal School. According to Sautters, during World War II there was a cannery in the basement to help with rationing.
The graduate students conducted their research with the support and assistance of the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society and the Board of Education funded the construction of the marker. The students spent many hours browsing the historical documents of the company and contacting people looking for information.
Emily Avery, a member of the Historical Research Class, said: â€œI think it’s important to study the history of the Winchester Canal because it teaches us how the city came to be what it is and what mistakes they made. committed along the way. If we know the history, we can prepare a better future for the city. We can also pass on the stories and lessons to future generations.
Classmate Connor Well also found it essential to study the history of the city, as it gives students a better understanding of the city they live in and the people who were there before them.
â€œIt’s important to make sure this story is not lost in time,â€ said senior Greyson Dunbar. â€œWe make sure that this story is known to the people of the city so that the people who come to visit or the people who live here can better understand how this city came to be. “
The full text on the marker reads: â€œOld Canal Winchester School (1862-2007), During its 145 years, the Old Canal Winchester School building has played an important role in the community. The original four-room building opened in 1862 and its high school class graduated in 1888. The growth of Canal Winchester is reflected in the school’s seven additions, the first of which took place in 1875. D Other expansions include a separate high school building in 1909, a three-story connector in 1929 between buildings 1862 and 1909, and the primary school wings in 1956 and 1967. The school was the training site. continuing and vocational courses for adults in the 1930s and 1950s, agricultural programs for veterans after WWII, and a WWII-era cannery until 1952. The school was added to the register National Historic Site in 2017 and remains the administrative center of the district and a community gathering place. Winchester Canal Local Schools School Board, Winchester Canal Area Historical Society, Canal Winchester Academic Journal 2018, The Ohio History Connection.