Kidron Community Historical Society Annual Business Meeting with Special Guest–General Robert E. Lee

Edward Beers performs Robert E. Lee. Photo by Joe Pelletier.

The annual business meeting of the Kidron Community Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00 pm in the Welcome Center of Sonnenberg Village. President Wayne Liechty promises that the business part of the meeting will be very short as usual so that we may hear a presentation from our special guest, General Robert E. Lee.

Portrayed by Edward P. Beers of Orrville, Lee was a devoted family man, faithful to his wife all of his life. He was a devoted family man who raised his three sons and four daughters to know God. He was devoted to the United States, but when the Civil War started, he was loyal to the South and the men under his command. At the end, when he saw defeat was imminent, he choose to surrender rather than to continue guerilla warfare. His only request was that the men under his control could return to their families with the goods and weapons that they bought with them without retribution by northern troops. General Grant was wise enough to see that his request should be granted.

Beers will bring Lee’s life, faith and struggle alive for us as a reminder of what we all should struggle humbly to achieve in spite of the obstacles placed in our way.

Sonnenberg Village January 20th 7:00 pm STEVE FREE

Steve Free

We hope you saw the great articles in the Dalton Gazette and Kidron News and the Wooster Daily Record about Steve Free and his band.  This is a great opportunity for our area to see and hear a Grammy nominated artist and a platinum record winner for the price of only $10.00. And, it will be the comfortable home of the Sonnenberg Welcome Center. This is the first appearance of FreeStar in our area and it is not likely to happen again.

As a singer, songwriter and recording artist Free performs a program which evokes imagery and reflects the simplicity of life. He has charted over 30 songs on the National, International, American and Country Billboards and Charts, including 15 No. 1 songs. Free also has three American Music Records and nine awards from the American Society of Composers.

Raised in Appalachia, Free has also been able to integrate his Shawnee-Cherokee roots into his music with a seamless harmony that has impressed audiences wherever he has traveled. He has toured all over Europe where his song “Just a Baby Boy” still is played and sung by choirs.

Free, quoted in the Daily Record describes himself as “…a storyteller first and foremost…” Having studied with Woody Guthrie and followed the careers of Neil Young and Bob Dylan Free does not describe himself as a folk singer but much more that he describes as “Americana”.

So, please do not miss this singular opportunity to hear the best in American music.





This Sunday-Christmas Hymn Sing December 10th

We are excited and we hope you are too about our first Christmas Hymn Sing. Hosted by the Kidron Community Historical Society in Sonnenberg Village we will begin at 7:00 pm with the Central Christian Varsity Singers. After an intermission when hot chocolate will be served by the Kidron Merchants’ Association, we will resume with your favorite hymns led by leaders from Kidron, Salem and Sonnenberg Mennonite Churches. Afterwards, there will be a freewill offering for the Mennonite Disaster Relief Fund and the Kidron Community Historical Society for expenses of the Village. We hope to see you there.

Zuercher/Shetler/Garden House

With the good weather we had last week and is predicted this week, volunteers have begun the dismantling of the Garden House destined for Sonnenberg Village. The house is a gift from the Richard Shetler Family.  Richard Shetler is the grandson of Enos Zuercher whose family has occupied the farm for four generations.

The building is being dismantled by the Leisy Family and friends and will be rebuilt in the Village beginning in the spring of 2018. It will be stored inside over this winter. Once it is rebuilt it will be used as a “Garden House” to support the operation of the gardens and arboretum in Sonnenberg Village.


The Kidron Community Historical Society will close the Heritage Center for the season after the close of business on Saturday, November 25th. This will be the last day to see the Jericho Exhibit. The Center will reopen in April, 2018. During the closure, the Jericho Exhibit will be dismantled and a new exhibit will take its place.

Kidron Bridge Now Open

We are happy to report that the bridge in downtown Kidron has been replaced and is now open.  Although it did not hinder traffic to either the Heritage Center nor Sonnenberg Village, it did cause congestion and was, at times, an inconvenience. We are pleased that it has been replaced and is now safe for traffic in downtown Kidron. The contractor completed the job ahead of schedule.

Ninth Annual Beet Festival

It was a “BIG” day for the Beet Festival in Sonnenberg Village. The Festival saw the biggest beet ever, 27 pounds, the biggest crowd ever, the best weather ever and the best music ever, including a new “Beet Song” rendition. The vendors had a good day and many of the visitors took time to visit all of the buildings which were opened and hosted by members of the Kidron Community Historical Society.

The prize winners were:

27 pound beet

Largest Lutz Beet, Ivan Weaver, 27 pounds

Largest Lutz Beet, Ivan Weaver, Kidron, 27 pounds

Largest Organic Lutz Beet, Judie Nussbaum, Kidron, 26 pounds

Most Luscious Lutz Beet, Larry Geiser, Kidron

Best Heirloom Beet, Betty Weaver, Kidron, Bull’s Blood

Best Appetizer/Side, Kelly Kittredge, Bolivar, Beet Soup

Best Salad, Denise Kyrah, Shreve, Beet jello cubes

Best Dessert. Timothy Orphanides, Massillon, Beet Cake

A special thanks goes to our judges: Rita Shisler and Karen Geiser.

Central Christian Schools Community Service Day

group from Central Christian ChurchIt was a beautiful day on Friday for four students and one teacher to arrive in the Village for the Central Christian Community Service Day. We were very grateful for the help. We also had eight other adult volunteers for the day and we were able to accomplish quite a bit in the Village.

While the students cleaned up the grounds and made the Village ready for winter, other students and adults volunteers moved lumber and worked on the porch roof for the Bixler House. We were able to accomplish everything we had scheduled, including completing the porch roof for the Bixler House and siding the back of the house as well.