Stark County District Library Main Branch

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A Walk with The President/Stark County District Library Main Branch
William McKinley Presidential Museum & Library
Written By William McKinley Presidential Museum & Library

The McKinley Presidential Library includes the McKinley National Memorial, the final resting place of the President and his family, and a modern museum building. Inside you will find the McKinley Gallery, Street of Shops, Stark County Story, Keller Gallery, Discover World, Ramsayer Research Library, and the Hoover-Price Planetarium.

President McKinley's famous "Front Porch Campaign" house once stood on the grounds of the present-day Main Branch of the Stark Library.

McKinley welcomed campaign supporters from around the country and spoke to them from the porch of his home.

After Ida McKinley's death, the Front Porch Campaign house was sold and became the first location of Mercy Hospital. When Mercy outgrew the space, they added a modern addition to the home. To make room for a new wing in 1928, the hospital removed the original McKinley home and deeded it to the Civitan Club of Canton. The group planned to move the house to Meyers Park and began raising funds to do so. They divided the house into four sections, and 30 men working 18 hours a day moved it. Before the group could raise enough money for restoration, the stock market crashed and the Civitan Club folded. The restoration plans were abandoned, and no one else in the community stepped forward to save the house. The Canton Fire Department removed the famous Front Porch after it started to sag. In 1934, the Canton Board of Health declared the house a nuisance, saying it is “in a filthy and unsanitary condition.” In 1935, the Park Commission dismantled the home, recycling parts of the presidential residence to build park shelters. Parts of the house were saved by souvenir hunters, and some of the oak timbers went to the Canton Chamber of Commerce and the McKinley Lodge of Masons to make gavels. The iron gate from the house has been preserved in the McKinley Gallery at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.

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