Saturday, November 2, 2002

Inventory of historical materials turns up treasures and interesting nuggets:

The pilot inventory, conducted with the help of volunteers and several experts from Cleveland State University, took four months. It already has yielded dividends, including the answer to a question that has long puzzled parishioners of Lorain's Holy Trinity Church: Why do the pews on one side of the church have hooks, while those on the other side do not? The answer was found in the elaborately detailed procession of Catholic saints painted on the ceiling. Close examination showed that all the male saints were on the side of the church with pew hooks and all the females on the side without. It turns out that in the early days of the parish, when it was populated largely by Slavs, men sat on one side of the church and women on the other. The hooks were for the men's hats, said Anthony Phelps, a local archivist helping with the inventory.

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