WARREN - Plans for a heritage center will be discussed at a fundraising gala today at the historic Kinsman House.
Jim Valesky, a Warren councilman and gala organizer, said the event will cover what the center will be, its purpose and mission.
The gala will be on the south lawn of the Kinsman House, 303 Mahoning Ave. N.W. About 150 to 200 people are expected, including council members from Chardon, local judges, members of Trumbull 100 and local business leaders.
Valesky, who is a member of the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association, said the heritage center will be located inside the house.
He said the center's goal is to reach all ages, especially the school children.
''If Warren is going to survive and move into the future, it's going to be our children who do this. The younger generations should know of Warren and what has taken place here,'' he said.
If you go
Gala at the Kinsman House to benefit the Warren Heritage Center will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today on the grounds of the Mahoning Avenue home. Cost is $25 and will include hors d'oeuvres, a wine tasting, a silent auction, a raffle and entertainment
Helping with the effort is Gainor Davis, president of the Western Reserve Historical Society of Cleveland.
In addition to the event on the south lawn, tours will take place today showcasing the artifacts, and there will be a video presentation by Trumbull County historian Wendell Lauth.
Valesky said Warren has always been good to him and he wants to give back to the community.
''There are so many stories of Warren. It is endless. That is why you need a place like this,'' he said.
Gina Bodor, president of the Trumbull County Historical Society, which showcases historical items at the nearby John Stark Edwards House, said she supports the efforts to create a Heritage Center and is looking forward to learning more about what is planned.
''This gala launches the center as another historical organization in our community and we should be glad that the Kinsman House, another important and beautiful historical building, gets restored providing a community venue that we can all use and enjoy,'' she said.
She said the Kinsman House is an asset to the city that can be utilized and enjoyed by many.
The house was given as a gift in 1832 from Gen. Simon Perkins to his daughter, Olive, whose husband was Frederick Kinsman.
''It's like a marriage made in heaven," Valesky said. "We have this beautiful house that has been sitting vacant for many years, and we want to tell the stories of the great history of Warren and its people, so we are combining the two."