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Richfield's former Girl Scout camp seeks listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Camp Crowell Hilaka was purchased by the Cleveland Girl Scouts in 1937 and closed in 2011
by WKSU's MICHAEL BRATTON


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Crowell Hilaka was purchased by the Richfield Joint Recreation District in June to be used as a public park.
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Correction: The Richfield Joint Recreation District purchased Crowell Hilaka campground. It is a combined effort of Richfield Township and the village of Richfield. This story originally mis-identified the purchaser.

Richfield’s former Girl Scout camp, Crowell Hilaka, is working to get listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Including the 336-acre park on the register would make it eligible for historic preservation grants, including tax credits.

To help get the property listed, the Friends of Crowell Hilaka are starting a “Memories Project.”

Historian Lynn Richardson says the goal is to record former campers’ stories and then include them in the application to the State Historic Preservation Office.

LISTEN: Richardson on the Memories Project

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“This is history in the making," said Richardson. "What’s cool about it is that it’s just ordinary experiences of girls and women and what was important to them. So when people give us their stories we’re going to be putting those into the application. We’re writing the history.”

Crowell Hilaka was purchased by the Richfield Joint Recreation District in June. For more information on the Memories Project click here.


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