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Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2015-07-02 10:03

Jennifer McTiernan, Great-Granddaughter of George A. Bellamy, sits on a camp bench and talks with Russell Grundke, Executive Director, at Hiram House Camp. McTiernan visited Hiram House from her home in Massachusetts to learn more about her family's “Roots”.

Her Great-Grandfather Bellamy, a Hiram College divinity graduate and social visionary, founded Hiram House in 1896, along with six fellow students, with just "$6, some spoons and a box of soap". Bellamy was a driving force behind Hiram House well into his retirement in the mid-20th century. McTiernan is the granddaughter of Laura Cole, Bellamy’s daughter. George Bellamy's vision, to provide a safe, healthy, wholesome, and stimulating, outdoor experience for children, continues at Hiram House Camp today.

Hiram House is "Ohio's Oldest Camp" and one of the first camps in the United States. The camp has been in continuous operation since 1896 and serves thousands of children, teens, and adults in Northeast Ohio each year through a variety of Summer Camps, School Camps, Retreats and Teambuilding Adventure programs. A nonprofit, nondenominational organization, Hiram House is accredited by the American Camp Association and is a United Way Partner Service Agency. It mission is to open new horizons, promote character and family for children of all backgrounds through camping.

 Learn more about the history of Hiram House and view historical photos at: www.hiramhousecamp.org/about/history

George A. Bellamy, Founder, Hiram House (nicknamed "Bright Eyes" by his family)