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Heritage Center

The Canton Area Heritage Center provides a place to showcase artifacts and to capture Canton’s compelling history of almost 200 years. The Heritage Center Museum focuses on the industries that have been established in Canton, over time. We also honor notable people who’ve made a difference in civic, fine arts, medical, sports, and philanthropic fields.

2022 Annual Meeting: Our annual meeting was held November 10, 6:30 p.m., at Donaldson Center, 250 S. Avenue D, Canton. At a brief business meeting, officers and committee chairpersons reviewed acquisitions and successful programs in the 2022 Annual Report. Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln (as portrayed by Laura Keyes) described her three loves; her husband, her children and her country, in an entertaining and instructive presentation.

Since its founding in 1825, Canton has capitalized on hard work, the talents and entrepreneurial spirit of its residents to bring prosperity and pride to the community. Even in the face of devastating natural disasters (i.e., fires, floods and tornadoes) and downturns in the economy, Canton has shown its resilience and drive and come back from the fires like a Phoenix to rise again!

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Students Pandemic Reflections Project
Students Pandemic Reflections Project

Students Pandemic Reflections Project Periodically, the Canton Area Heritage Center does special projects with other organizations. After the COVID-19 Pandemic, a group of history students at Canton High School volunteered to create online surveys and involve their classmates in describing their Pandemic experiences and reflections. Read the executive summary via the link to the right.

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Plow Replicas and Final Plow Share at IH
Plow Replicas and Final Plow Share at IH

Plow Replicas and Final Plow Share at IH Several one-of-a-kind miniature plows and a plow blade have recently been donated and are on display. A donor’s Uncle hand-crafted two plows to scale. IH plant manager Jack Pollitt who oversaw the closing of IH in 1983 was gifted the final plow share produced in the plant. […]

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Cemetery Walk “Echoes of the Past”
Cemetery Walk “Echoes of the Past”

Cemetery Walk “Echoes of the Past” At the Cemetery Walk participants walk from headstone to headstone and are met by local performers who portray selected individuals interred in Canton’s Greenwood Cemetery by recounting key episodes of their lives. To be portrayed this fall are two brave young men who gave their lives during the Vietnam […]

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Vintage Nesbitt’s Soda Pop Machine Donated!
Vintage Nesbitt’s Soda Pop Machine Donated!

Vintage Nesbitt’s soda pop machine from Miller’s Bottling Works and the Canton Hotel There’s a new display at the Canton Area Heritage Center with ties to two former family-owned Canton businesses.  It’s a bright orange Nesbitt’s soda pop machine that dates back to the early 1940’s.  Nesbitt’s was known nationally throughout the 20th century for […]

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