Our Mission Statement:

The Alliance Area Preservation Society promotes the preservation and restoration of historic structures in the Carnation City and maintains the Haines House Underground Railroad Museum.


Learn About the McKinley Monument with Christopher Kenney, March 27 at the YWCA

House in a BoxcarChristopher Kenney, author and Education Director from the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, will be giving a presentation based on his book, The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President, at the Alliance Area Preservation Society's Annual Meeting, March 27, 2017. The event will be held at the Alliance YWCA, 239 East Market Street, Alliance Ohio 44601. The general public and members are invited to attend.

The program will begin at 7pm, but all are welcome to come beforehand for dinner prepared by the YW's incomparable Nola Haiss. Dinner will start at 6pm. The menu for the evening will be Chicken Florentine, buttered noodles, roasted vegetables, and garlic bread, with crème-filled crepes for dessert. A vegetarian option is available. The cost for the dinner will be $17. Reservations are due by MARCH 20. Please call 330-823-5353 to make a dinner reservation.

The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President is a unique presentation which features never-before seen photographs of the McKinley Monument under construction, drawn from the Museum's archival collection. It begins with a brief overview of William McKinley's life and career as the 25th President of the United States. Christopher Kenney chronicles the building process from beginning to end, and explains the symbolism of the architectural details of this magnificent tribute to the assassinated President.

Christopher Kenney graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton NY with a bachelor's degree in History and Music. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in History Museum Studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Chris is truly a Renaissance man with many different interests – he is proficient in Open Hearth Cooking, has played the piano for almost 35 years, has his private pilot's license, and is the proud owner of a 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 convertible. In 2003 his series of school programs "Ohio & You" was honored with a Commendation Award for History Outreach by the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums. He published his first book entitled The William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in June 2005.

He served 13 years as District 5 coordinator for Ohio History Day which covers 8 counties in Northeast Ohio. Chris is also an Assistant Lecturer for the History Department at the University of Akron. He has been the Director of Education at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton since 2001, where he coordinates the field trips for over 20,000 students every year.

Your Historic Home - An Ongoing Initative from AAPS

Andrew RichmondThe Alliance Area Preservation Society plans to help people throughout thecommunity unlock the history of their own historic homes---be it a 19th Century Second Empire or a 50s Ranchhome. Your Historic Home is a multi-year project to build a strong foundation of knowledge about the homes of Alliance, and help individuals learn how to research the history of their house. Each year we will focus research, surveys and programming around a particular house type found in the area, or a specific neighborhood in Alliance. We are conducting house history research workshops to teach people about the resources available to research the history of their home. Finally, AAPS has a house history Jump Start for every researcher, to provide the name of the first landowner of their property, the first plat of their property and neighborhood, and the building date of their home.

In 2016, we focused on Sears Modern Homes and other kit houses built in Alliance. These houses represent a period when the concept of home ownership and consumerism met in the creation of kit homes in a variety of architectural styles that could be planned by experts, manufactured in bulk, and built economically and efficiently in every corner of the country. Many were built in Alliance.

This year we're highlighting two subjects: the first large house lot addition in the late 19th Century---the Teeters Lamborn Addition, and our community's Mid-Century Modern Homes, built after World War II. Over the next several years, we will focus on a relatively unique area known as the Government Addition, which was one of 36 projects built nationwide by the Federal Government during and after World War I; three neighborhoods which were known as West Park Heights, College Hill and Parkside Homes; and the fondly remembered Goat Hill.


March 4 - Haines House Monthly Open House - 10 am - 12 pm

March 5 - Haines House Monthly Open House - 1 - 3 pm

March 27 - The McKinley Monument with Christopher Kenney/AAPS Annual Meeting
-----------at YWCA, 239 E. Market St., Alliance. Dinner at 6 pm (reservation required)
-----------Program and meeting at 7 pm

April 1 - Haines House Monthly Open House - 10 am - 12 pm

April 2 - Haines House Monthly Open House - 1 - 3 pm


The Haines House is located at 186 West Market Street, Alliance, Ohio 44601.

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