Release Date: April 24,2020

“Artifacts With Edie” Is Livestreaming from the Summit County Historical Society

Akron, Ohio, April 22, 2020 – Edie Steiner, a Society volunteer and shepherdess who is also a music therapist at Akron Public Schools, is using her amazing creativity and a lot of innovation* to reach Akron Public School learners from the Society.

We encourage you to share with your viewers and listeners the opportunity to enjoy Edie’s live video segments in her program entitled, “Artifacts with Edie.” They occur Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. on the Summit County Historical Society Facebook page. This first week was an illustration of adventures on the Ohio & Erie Canal with a special game on Friday. We hope that you’ll tune in for “Are You Smarter Than a Border Collie?” and compete online.

Edie and her husband, Christopher, have been volunteering lots of hours on the grounds of the Society and at home preparing for each episode. The Society is grateful to them and other people behind the scenes such as Kitty, a Society board director providing video pointers from home, Keith, a Society board director sharing posts with friends all over the U.S.A., Tine, a Society volunteer monitoring sound (or telling us when it’s not there) from nearby Highland Square, and Gina, a Society volunteer, walking the border collies on the Perkins Stone Mansion lawn during each episode as they anxiously await their turn on camera.

For Episode 3, Mary Conley, Society 4 th grade outreach presenter, shared how a boat climbed a hill on the canals. She demonstrated the water elevator of the lock systems using our model designed and made by Stephen Griebling who recently passed away at the age of 87. Mr. Griebling’s father Louis was a Society board director and had designed a standing working lock and gristmill that had been on display for many years in the John Brown House and more recently at the Akron History Exhibit when Summit County celebrated the completion of the Towpath throughout the county.

Each episode reveals an artifact or two from the Society’s collection. The pilot week revolved around the Society’s Canal Discovery Trunk. A number of trunks are available for teachers to borrow for free and take to their classrooms to allow students the ability to learn about history using primary resources from the era.

*Edie Steiner received the 2020 Woman of the Year Award for Innovation during the Women’s History Project of Greater Akron luncheon, a program of the Society.