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Special Projects

The Canton Area Heritage Center does special projects with other organizations. The museum board also seeks out students for a variety of volunteer opportunities that will provide them enhanced learning and leadership avenues.

Students Pandemic Reflections

This 2021 project involved the Canton Area Heritage Center, history students and their teacher at Canton High School (CHS). Online surveys asked CHS students to describe their COVID-19 Pandemic reflections. The student leaders who worked on this project created research questions, developed a plan to reach out to their age-mates, and then extracted key findings and implications from the data they collected. A report summarized the high school students’ Pandemic experiences.

Women’s History Month: Canton Author Book Read and Discussion

We’re co-hosting a Book Discussion with Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library, in honor of Women’s History Month in March. The featured book is, “Crocodile on the SandBank,” written by Canton author Barbara Gross Mertz, a.k.a., Elizabeth Peters. On Wed., March 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m., participants will join leaders at the Library Program Room, to discuss the heroine’s leadership and courage, with a touch of mystery and romance, in the shadows of the pyramids.

Sign up by March 2 to receive the book in advance. Telephone the library, (309) 647-0328, or email parlin@parliningersoll.org. Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library is located at 205 West Chestnut, in Canton. The Heritage Center museum is located at 111 South Main, also in Canton.

Participants will be able to continue reading the series of books, if there is interest. A tour of the museum is also encouraged as other notable women of Canton and their accomplishments will be on display. Museum hours are Fridays, 10am-12 noon; Saturdays, 10am-2pm; and Sundays, 1-4pm.