Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Dedication set for Historical Marker honoring Hudsonite Gustave Henry Grimm

On October 23rd at 9:30 a.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will dedicate an Ohio historical marker commemorating Hudsonite Gustave Henry Grimm. The ceremony will take place at 46 Ravenna Street, Hudson Ohio. The marker will be located on the site where the Evaporator works once stood. Many international maple syrup producers will be in attendance as Mayor William Currin unveils the marker honoring this maple syrup equipment manufacturer. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend this dedication.

Grimm patented the dropped flue evaporator in 1882 which allowed for faster evaporation of sap into maple syrup. His Champion evaporator was marketed worldwide and propelled his business into becoming the leading manufacturer of maple equipment for well over 100 years. This historic marker honors Grimm’s early involvement and advocacy of the maple industry. “He paved the way for the technology used today to produce maple syrup,” according to Randall Heligmann, a professor of forestry at Ohio State University who works with maple syrup producers.

Administered by the Ohio Historical Society, the historical markers program enables Ohioans to commemorate and celebrate local history and to learn more about the history of our state. Designed to be permanent and highly visible, the historical markers are large cast aluminum signs that tell stories about aspects of Ohio’s history.

Local support for this marker was provided by the Hudson Community Foundation, the North East Ohio Maple Producers, the Hudson Library & Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. Research for the marker was done by Gwendolyn Mayer, archivist at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. For more information concerning this event, contact Mayer at 330-653-3358 extension 1017.

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