In the fall of 1962, twenty Strongsville residents met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Chapman to discuss the need to organize a Historical Society. At the next meeting in January of 1963, Chairman Protem Mr. Chapman explained the need for the community to preserve buildings, furnishings, records, and local lore. It was at this meeting that a motion was made to formally organize the Strongsville Historical Society. In March of 1963, there were twenty residents present for the first regular business meeting of the new Society. The meeting was held at the high school library on Pearl Rd. In the words of Mr. James Beam, one of the Society's first members, "Although our town is rapidly changing, we must not allow our landmarks to be abolished." It is this philosophy that the Historical Society continues to promote.