Since the nten
Constructionad been visiting longtime Hapeville residents looking for pictures and information that related to local early history.
On January 15, 1981, an organizational meeting was held with
about 75 in attendance. Bylaws were discussed and approved.
The following officers were elected: President, Ed Milton;
Vice-President, Miriam Hudson; Recording Secretary, Sara
Jones; Corresponding Secretary, Mary Hayes; and Treasurer,
Wells. A lawyer member, Bob McCord, volunteered to apply for
and secure our state incorporation papers. Mrs. Mary Hayes
pursued and obtained a non-profit status with gifts “tax
deductible” from the Internal Revenue Service.
In the summer of 1981, the City made available to the Historical Society the west freight room and two offices on the west side of the Depot. In April 1982, the Depot Restoration Committee merged with the Historical Society. The combined energies were now channeled into developing the . Within two years of its formation, the Society boasted of a membership of over 300 and35 corporate members.