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PCSD Historical Museum Celebrates Historic, Iconic Past

September 16, 2022

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The Parma City School District believes in honoring our past while building our future.

To preserve our history, a group of dedicated alumni came together and opened the PCSD Historical Museum.

A grand opening ceremony was held on September 15, 2022, with PCSD Historical Museum Trustees, Board of Education Members, School District Officials, City of Parma Leaders, and community members coming together to celebrate.

“After years of moving memorabilia around from place to place, to finally have a ‘home’ to showcase some memorable and noteworthy artifacts, it feels great,” Nancy Fedak, a PCSD Historical Museum Trustee expressed. “Our history reminds us of all the people and events that have taken place within the confines of our district, and boy, do we have some awesome alumni and events that we can be very proud to say ‘they were products of the Parma City Schools’.”

All the schools of our district, past and present, are represented at the museum, which currently is located on the second floor of Parma Senior High, across from the Red Rees Conference Room. There are plans to move the museum to a more permanent location in the proposed new high school, which would be built at the current location of Parma Senior High with voter approval.

“The work that has gone into this museum and the resources to make this come to fruition is incredible,” PCSD Superintendent Charles Smialek shared. “The trustees have really gone above and beyond to really have a place to capture the history of our iconic school district.”

City of Parma Mayor, Timothy DeGeeter, honored the event with a special certificate of appreciation to the trustees and their work to open the museum.

“One of the best things in life that we can do is go down memory lane,” he said at the event. “It’s fun to reconnect with old classmates and old friends and relive those great memories. Thank you for all that you do.”

PCSD Board of Education President Steve Vaughn said the museum is “truly outstanding and awesome to see”, and Board Member Cyndee Bratz was proud of the work that has been done to preserve our history.

“Over the last several years, I have been from building to building seeing so much precious memorabilia of our school district in boxes, leaning up against walls and shoved on shelves.” Bratz expressed. “Nancy Fedak has always wanted a museum and worked to make this vision become a reality. I know this will grow and be built upon far into the future. It really is a spectacular accomplishment.”

The trustees will continue to celebrate the history of our district and look forward to sharing the history with our community. The Museum will be open on Fridays from 9:30 – 11 AM as well as by appointment. Please call 440-522-2133 and leave a message to make an appointment or to be let into the museum on Friday. 

Please drive around to the back of the Parma Senior High School to enter the museum. Use the doors that say 'Red Rees Room' and a Historical Museum Trustee will greet you.

“What is my hope for the future? That this museum is helping to preserve and remind us of what we have done and to guide us to greater and brighter futures for all our students and staff,” Fedak expressed. “And to help give a home for all our memorabilia and memories. I thank all that have gone on this journey together; we have so much more to accomplish.”