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Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:59 AM

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DELPHOS—As they enter their last year of high school, seniors often spend the majority of their time thinking about the future and what it holds. The Delphos Rotary Club believes it’s important to consider the past, as well, which is why they’ve held the Senior Walking Tour the last 15 years.
Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, 160 seniors from Jefferson and St. John’s learned about the influence of the Miami- Erie Canal on the growth of Delphos and visited a number of historical sites throughout the city while dodging raindrops.
“We really want these kids to dig into the history,” Rotary Tour Chairman JoAn Smith said. “It’s important to let them know what Delphos was, is and will be. We think it’s important to do this tour every year so they can know the history of Delphos and see and feel it. We take them to places that the public doesn’t usually get to see.”
The tour is orchestrated solely by volunteers from the schools, community organizations and clubs.
“It takes 60 to 70 people to pull this off and they’re all volunteers,” Smith said. “The Rotary Club is pleased to do it and it’s so much easier with everyone who helps out. We get retirees and people from service groups and also people who take time off work to be here.”
Ordinarily the Rotary picks a new theme for the tour every year but Smith said they decided not to create one for this year.
“It’s just way too time consuming to re-write everything each year,” she said.
Some stops on the tour were the Canal Commission Museum, the old Walsh and Remlinger buildings, the former city building, the old movie theater on Main Street and Lock 23. The group took a break at noon to have lunch at the VFW.
After lunch, they went on to visit the Veterans Memorial, a building on Third Street that was used as a speakeasy, the Postal Museum and Delphos Area Art Guild.
Although some of the old buildings downtown are falling into disrepair, Smith says  it’s important that the younger generations know they can be saved.
“We want them to know these buildings don’t have to be torn down,” she said. “Some of them, like the one that held the speakeasy, are under restoration. If you go through downtown, you’ll see an architectural style you won’t have in a newer building.”
One thing Smith hopes the students take from the tour is the importance of remembering the past and preserving history.
“You can’t know where you’re at or where you’re going if you don’t know what came before,” she said.



0 #1 2012-09-28 02:37
This Delphos Rotary Club I really believes it’s well design look heritage & important to consider the past.I love this club design.

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