Medina County Career Center’s Automotive Collision Technology and Precision Machining Technology students recently collaborated to restore the original High’s Jewelry sign, which was originally located on the Medina Square.
Roger Smalley, Medina historian and Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum operator, shared:
“In 1909, George F. High purchased the jewelry store. In 1911, he installed an elegant clock in front of the building that was lit by electric lights each night. In 1926, the business underwent a name change and was called High and Son Jewelry Store, George F. and Sidney High, Props. At the same time, the Village of Medina installed its historic lampposts and it is believed that at this time High’s placed their new sign on top of the clock. George and Sydney ran the business together from 1926 to 1945. The name changed to High’s Jewelry Store when George retired. Sydney ran the business store until 1976. At some point in the 1980s, the High’s Jewelry Store sign was thrown away and rescued by the Medina Community Design Committee. It was later donated to the Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum.”
MCCC’s Automotive Collision Technology students fabricated the new front and rear panels and repaired the center section of the original sign. They bonded all the panels together and reinforced the rear and front bracket so the sign could be properly hung. Students completed the artwork restoration on this historic artifact.
MCCC’s Precision Machining Technology students disassembled the sign and manufactured fixtures to transfer the holes from the old sign template to the new sign template. This careful restoration required precision machining, wiring, and installation of sockets and fixtures.
“I was completely blown away with the restoration and workmanship the students achieved with the sign. I think it was an interesting project for them, both with its inherent challenges, but also its importance for our local history, said Matt Wiederhold, executive director, Main Street Medina. “The sign will be a huge attraction for the Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum.”