Speaker

Mark Holland

Archivist Biography

Mark Holland is an optimist.  He believes in a world where people help each other, and those people work as a team to inspire the community to come together for the common good…

Mark was inspired to love history by his grandfather when Mark captured him on his portable cassette recorder telling the story of Mark’s Great, Great Grandfather who walked from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Osnaburg (East Canton) to bring his family to Ohio.  Mark’s mother and father would continue to inspire him to become interested in history by taking the family on trips that his mother would call making a “Study of Ohio!”

Mark is a native of North Canton and graduated from Hoover High School.  After much experience in the retail and service industry he entered Otterbein College and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education.  He went on to teach in the Stark County School System for five years.

As the Archivist of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Mark inspires people to question everything, and works alongside a team of twelve volunteers in the Ramsayer Research Library to find the answers to these questions.  The Ramsayer Research Library located in the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum holds both President William McKinley’s Archives and Stark County Archives. 

People travel great distances, make great sacrifices, and spend vast amounts of time finding the answers to their questions.  People from all over the world visit, call, or write to the Archive with questions about their relatives who lived in Stark County, to find a business that was once here, or to view the vast photograph collection.  Everyone has a story, everyone has a question.  We can help you…

When he is away from his duties at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum he is out experiencing and showing people what it was like to be a soldier in the Civil War.  He wears his union blue uniform, and carries his nine pound rifled musket into battle side by side with his comrades.  Learning, teaching, volunteering, and helping people reach their full potential are ideals that drive Mark.  He and his wife Alyson work side by side to accomplish goals for the common good in their family and their community…

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Or you Call Mark at 330-455-7043

Mark G. Holland, 2013

Canton History

Inverted Intersections

Join Mark Holland on  a “Walk” down the streets of downtown Canton, Ohio! In 1956 Timken photographer Robert H. Hildebrand photographed seventy-five intersections in Canton.  Archivist, Mark Holland uses these valuable photographs to tell the stories of the lesser known, but intriguing people and places of Canton.  Using photographs and research from the Stark County Archives, and the Archive of the 25th President, William McKinley, the program will introduce you to a fireman who served Canton, for 60 years, a 131 year old church with many changes, and Canton street corners with countless stories to tell.   You may find yourself taking a trip down memory lane when you see the popular buildings and businesses of your youth.

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