David Crumb was appointed Village Historian in January 2009 following the retirement of Mary Townsend who served as Historian/Assistant Historian for 15 years. David has been an avid supporter of local history for years. According to Parma Historian Tom Burger, Mr. Crumb has a great memory and overall knowledge of history in the Hilton-Parma community. Over the years, David Crumb has contributed to the historian’s office by way of volunteering and donating many photo’s and items of interest. - Joe Lee, Mayor
The Historian’s office is open Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. or by appointment.
History of Hilton Main Street - 1800's to 1965 Fire - Presentation March 12th at 7 PM at the Parma Town Hall, 1300 Parma Hilton Rd. Free admission and refreshments. Presenters ~ David Crumb, John Foster and Charles Nichols. View the flyer
There are many historical documents, photos and books available for your study and enjoyment.
Looking for that unique gift? The village has two books for sale, both by former Historian Leith Wright Hilton USA and First Families are available by stopping in at the Village or Historian's office. They are $10 and $20 each, respectively.
Do you have anything old pertaining to the Village of Hilton? Historian David Crumb reports each year on certain unique articles, newspaper clippings, letters, etc. that are of local interest. For example, Following the death of long time Village resident Lucille Burritt Pfarrer, daughters Mary Tilebein, Anne Hall and Donna Pfarrer donated many valuable old Hilton photographs, diaries and newspaper accounts relating to the Skinner, Smith, Pfarrer and Burritt families. The banner used on the bus for the “Hilton Peaches” 1928 Championship was the prize of this valuable donation.
During the year other Hiltonites have allowed the office to copy rare, one of a kind photo’s and letter’s that are significant to the history and authenticity of the Village. If you have any such items, please call Dave to see if they may be of local importance as he continues to save and build upon our heritage by these collections. The Historian's office is located on the first floor of the Community Center, 59 Henry Street. Please call ahead for the Historian’s office hours, 392-4144x108
We wish to acknowledge the four years of service of Mr. John Corcoran as Assistant Historian. John retired from this position on April 1, 2010. His service, creative window displays and congeniality will be missed.
David H. Crumb
Hours: Wednesday’s 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Or by appointment 585-392-5848