Historical societies shouldn't be taken for granted

Established in 1961, the Westlake Historical Society has been telling Westlake's history for more than fifty years. Today, we are more committed than ever to preserving our local history, and educating the members of our community. We believe our local history is important to the people of Westlake, and we're dedicated to preserving our history for generations to come.

I may be biased, but I feel that in any community the local historical society is one of the most important volunteer organizations. Many people assume that every town in America has an established local historical society and museum.

The truth is that while many towns and communities have historical societies formed, many still do not. Some have a physical building to call home, while others wait years to finally have a structure to call home. We are very blessed in Westlake to have both.

This year the Westlake Historical Society is celebrating 50 years of preserving and telling our historical story. The motto of our Society, "Yesterday lives today, for tomorrow," points out that our history actually effects our future. History tells us where we came from and how we arrived where we are now. With that information in mind, we can shape a better tomorrow!

If you are curious about what we do and would like to learn more, we invite you to contact us at 440-721-1201 or check our web site at www.westlakeohiohistory.org.

Lysa Stanton

Lysa Stanton is President of the Westlake Historical Society.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 9:22 PM, 05.17.2011