NORTH CANTON Walkers and history seekers were lined up well before the official registration began at the North Canton Heritage Society for The Heritage Walk on April 21. The North Canton Heritage Society revived the favored walk for the first time since 2015.
Executive Director Carmella Cadusale said 50 people preregistered for the event and they were getting many more people registering throughout the morning. The walk included 2.5 miles with 23 different historical landmarks for walkers to stop and read or listen to the history behind the stop.
"We’re suggesting to people to download a quick response (QR) app on their smart phones to scan the QR codes included in the booklet they receive at registration, it allows them to hear a recording with the history of the landmark," Cadusale said.
Pam and Jim Underwood, originally from North Canton, were in line for registration and said they recently moved back to the area. They saw the event advertised and decided to do the walk.
"We both read the book by Paul Keefer (and Rebecca Ink Hall) who wrote about the history of North Canton and that has sparked a new interest in learning more about the city," Jim Underwood said.
The event was a collaboration with students from the research methods class at Walsh University who compiled the details for each of the stops along the walk. A few of the stops included Gross Hardware, Portage rerouted and City Hall, St. Paul’s Church and Parish Hall, Zion UCC, the Hoover Company, Witwer Park, Dogwood Park, Hoover High School, Memorial Stadium, Catch Basin and the site of Maxie’s Drive-In.
In addition to mixing new technology QR codes with history, the Niantic company that produces Pokeman Go provided a challenge to walkers who wanted to play Pokeman Go. The company matched the registration fee for every walker that played Pokeman Go for up to $1,000. Cadusale said they had six registrants take the Pokeman Go challenge before noon registration began.
"The first walk was held in 2015. We decided to bring it back this year in recognition of the 100th year since the name change from New Berlin to North Canton," Cadusale said. "This is the second project we’ve collaborated with Walsh’s service learning program. The students put a lot of hard work into the research for the event. Plus, we have 25 volunteers with the Heritage Society working hard today."