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Join PAHS Today!

We appreciate the support of the members of the Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS)  and ask that you join or renew your membership for 2019.

We are an all volunteer group who work diligently to keep Stearns Homestead a Parma treasure for everyone to enjoy, learn about Parma’s history and experience the sights, smells and feel of farming and agriculture for all visitors.

Your membership renewal helps us to maintain the homestead and    care for the farm animals that reside at the homestead.  Your membership also gives you a voice in the organization.

Election for the PAHS Board of Trustees will be held at the April meeting.

Join or renew your membership before April 1, to be eligible to vote at the PAHS Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

PAHS is a non-profit organization with a seven member board of trustees.

Download the membership form and return with your membership payment to PAHS, PO Box 29002, Parma OH 44129.

Don’t delay!  Join today!

Goat Snacks

The goats and sheep at Stearns Homestead are looking forward to their annual Christmas tree snack.  We will once again collect live , cut trees after the holiday.  When you are ready to discard your live 🌲tree you can bring it to the front south pasture. Use the south parking area for access. Look for the tree sign.

Please remove all tinsel and other decorations prior to your delivery. No painted trees, please.

Sorry – We can not provide pick up service.goats

Animal Blessing Sunday, October 7, 2018

Stearns Homestead will host an animal blessing for our farm animals and your house pets on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm in our south front pasture.

Father Peter of Saint Anthony of Padua parish will offer the blessing and lead us in prayer.

All dogs must be on a leash and all other animals must be secured in a carrier or with a leash.

Please park in the south parking area and enter the front pasture through the large gate near the road.

Father Pete from St Anthony blessed the animals - Oct 2018
Father Pete from St Anthony blessed the animals – Oct 2018

PAHS Mission Statement – revised April 2017

In accordance with the By-Laws reviewed and approved by the membership at the April 2017 annual meeting, the mission statement of the Parma Area Historical Society shall be:
1. To bring together whose people interested in the history of Parma;
2. To perpetuate the memory of the pioneers of Parma and its early settlers;
3. To collect, preserve, and attractively simply historical information and to disseminate
this historical information;
4. To educate and provide accurate knowledge of agricultural practices and to preserve and maintain Stearns Homestead as a working farm.

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Improvements almost completed

Over the years, the buildup of mud, manure, hay and straw has taken its toll on the back paddock, also known as a horse turnout.

The homestead was fortunate to receive a grant to help correct the situation and work is underway to regain the natural slope of the turnout and create a more solid base in front of the horse stalls; better for the horses and easier for the volunteers to navigate wheelbarrows and at feeding time.

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Also, getting ready for opening day, volunteer Jim recently rebuilt the ramp to the Country Store to make it accessible for all visitors to the Homestead.

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It’s an ongoing venture, keeping up with all the chores that need to be done at the Homestead, but we are fortunate to have great volunteers, who have the knowledge and are willing and able  to get things done.

 

Our Volunteers Rock!

Stearns Homestead is managed by the Parma Area Historical Society with an all-volunteer crew of farmhands that provide daily feed, water and care for our farm animals, help with never-ending farm repairs, move the always-heaped manure pile and a variety of other tasks that are always in need of doing.  In addition, we have volunteers who help in the two museum houses with tours and setting up displays, in the country store as store clerks and help out on weekends at the feed table and at special event activities.

Our volunteers are the best!

We can never say thank you enough times for all they do, sharing their time and talent to make Stearns Homestead a great place to visit and a comfortable home for the farm animals that reside here.

 

Stearns Farmers Market Accepting Vendor Applications

Stearns Homestead Farmers Market for the 2017 season is accepting vendor applications.   We support local produce farmers, backyard gardeners, handcrafters, bakers, and any small local business who make their own products like spices, sauces,  and spreads.  Not sure you fit our market criteria,  contact our market manager, Debbie at farmerdeb7@cox.net or by phone (440) 882-6234 for more information and vendor application.

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Stearns Homestead Farmers Market starts mid-June and ends mid-October (exact dates are available by contacting Debbie).