Upstairs Opera House
Erie Side Roofing Fixing a Leak in the Town Hall Roof
Much of the Historical Society's time is spent on maintenance, renovations and repairs for the Historic Republic Town Hall.
On Saturday, August, 24, 2019, the Republic Town Hall was inspected by Larry Fast, Structural Engineer from Sylvania, Ohio. He states the building is in good shape, the foundation is structurally sound and the building is safe and secure to continue activity.
About a fourth of the roof in the north front corner was recently replaced due to leaks and old age. The Historical Society is currently raising funds to replace the center of the Town Hall Roof. The Historical Society and Reviving Republic recently painted and cleaned the kitchen and banquet room, and re-painted the porch and front entrance white. Other recent repairs include replacing two broken windows in the kitchen, repairing the air conditioner, fixing the pilot light in the kitchen stove, replacing the faucet in the men's room and in the kitchen, and putting new covers on the fluorescent ceiling lights in the banquet room.
We have hosted fundraisers including two 5k races, a quilt raffle, and a photography raffle. We have received a $5,000 grant from the Seneca County Commissioners for facade improvements, and are currently working to apply for another grant right now. The Society is in initial talks with a renovation and repair company based in Marion, Ohio to move forward with other parts of our restoration process.
All donations received through this website will benefit Historic Town Hall restoration and preservation.
To facilitate local resident engagement in the Town Hall restoration, a Town Hall Committee was created. Don Holmer is the administrator and president of the Town Hall Committee and Donna Hudacek is the treasurer. If you are interested in joining an upcoming meeting or would like more information, please contact us.
Historic Republic Town Hall Restoration
Every fall for decades, the Historical Society has made and sold apple butter using our tried-and-true recipe and antique copper kettle. Apple butter is our largest annual fundraiser and we sell out within a couple of weeks. Get it while you can!
The Historical Society can also provide in-business exhibit installments!
In 2017, the Historical Society opened its History Room in the Town Hall, open on select days during the warmer months. With a rotating exhibit on display, there's always something new to see! At the History Room, the Society also sells postcards of historic Republic photos, and Republic History Books. To learn when the History Room will be open, check our Facebook page or send us a message. Room can also be opened for special viewings by request.
Repairing the Log Cabin roof.
Historic Log Cabin
The Society owns and maintains a historic log cabin built by the Rosenfelt family in the early 1800s. Originally built a half mile north of Republic on State Route 18, the cabin was moved to its current site at the Republic Community Park in the 1980s.
The windmill frame located at the Republic Community Park next to the log cabin was donated by Don and Jan Martin, and the windmill wheel was donated by Don and Sue Hopple.
The Society hosts open houses and educational programs periodically throughout the year, including outreach programs to 3rd grade students at Seneca East. The Log Cabin can also be opened for special viewings by request.
The Society regularly volunteers for projects and events around Republic and Scipio Township, and helps with beautification projects in our village. The Historical Society is the Treasurer of the Scipio-Republic Veterans and First Responders Memorial project, purchased the bench located at the memorial, and places flowers at the memorial every summer.