The Medina County Historical Society will host their Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 25th from 1pm – 4pm.
This year the focus will be on Christmas during WWI.
America's entry into World War I and the defeat of Germany moved our nation into a position of global leadership. November 11 marked the end of this conflict, and should have been a time of great joy in the village of Medina. Soon our troops would be home!
But the year-end holidays were anything but merry. Starting in June and peaking in October and November what is now known as the Spanish Flu Pandemic swooped over the village, state and nation. In the end, up to 18 million people died around the world. The year-end holiday season of Christmas and New Year 1918 almost became the year without this joyful period as schools, factories, churches and any large gatherings were banned. Come to the John Smart House and experience the subdued holiday season 1918 as a grateful people celebrated the end of war and mourn the loss of their fellow citizens.
We also end our celebration of Medina County's 200 birthday with a display of 1818 coinage. We have a limited-edition Bicentennial Print by local artist Rich Doyle for sale at the John Smart house museum.