Local History Service Project - The Glendale Steps

Oct 27, 2021

On Wednesday, October 27, Mr. Boarman's Local History class partnered up with Keep Akron Beautiful to help clean up the historic Glendale Steps in the West Hill neighborhood of Akron.

Each semester, students walk to the Glendale Steps (as well as the Glendale Cemetery) in order to learn about the history of this New Deal era structure that was built in conjunction with the Works Progress Administration. This year, they noticed that the steps were lacking care and attention, which got them thinking: why not adopt this structure long-term? For the rest of this semester and in the future, the STVM Local History class will help to maintain and improve these steps as a way to preserve one of Akron's historic gems.

Mr. Boarman said, "The West Hill neighborhood and the Glendale Steps have always been special to me. One of the purposes of our Local History class is to teach our students the importance of 'place.' By adopting the Glendale Steps as a class project each semester, we can play a small part in showing our students the impact of caring for the places in which we live, work and go to school. The added benefit is that we also get to preserve a piece of our city's history."