Preserving Galion announces summer event lineup


Between now and the end of August, Preserving Galion, Inc. will be busy with events geared for the entire family. This season’s lineup of events and programs include the following:

June will bring sales and crafts to the Gill House. On Saturday morning, June 4, from 8 to 11 a.m., you can find a bargain or two — or more — at our unique summer Yard Sale. If you have items to sell, please come and set up a space under our beautiful trees for only $5. Later that month, indulge your inner crafter at two special events. Yard Art Day takes place on Sunday, June 5, and only $20 (which includes all materials) will allow you to go home with a decorative item for gardens or grassy areas. On Saturday, June 26, we will hold a Patriotic Craft Day, where for $20 for one project, and $30 for two projects, you can create patriotic themed crafts in ample time for Independence Day.

July takes us to Heise Park and then back to the Gill House. The second edition of the resurrected Pickle Run will find us in the nonprofit area, where we have special plans for kids, items to view for festival goers, and more. Our popular Local Legends and Lore series returns with speakers on local history sharing insights on their favorite topics. From arts to architecture to industry, you’ll hear something of interest on July 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gill House.

The summer slate of events continues into August, highlighted by our first-ever Private Collection Tour Day on Saturday, August 6. Regular tours that day will be augmented by displays of private collections from Galionites. From glassware to collectibles; from items of Galion history to Gill family artifacts, you’ll be in for a one of a kind treat.

Beginning on Saturday, the Gill House will be open for tours from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday with a charge of only $5 for a trip through four floors and through two hundred years of Galion history. Stop in and see the newly restored front parlor, as well as some planned new additions. Speaking of which, rumor has it that Thomas Edison may be visiting the Gill House this summer as well.

The Gill House, Preserving Galion’s initial project, is located at 342 Harding Way West. The only surviving Neoclassical house designed by noted architect Louis Kamper, it was the home of Bloomer and Nellie Gill; Gill was the grandson of David Gill, Galion’s first schoolteacher who came to this area in 1818 in the second group of pioneer settlers. Noted Americans Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and others visited this local landmark.

Information on all Preserving Galion events, including those at the Gill House, can be found on Facebook at

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