Lowe-Volk Park will be aglow on Saturday, October 1 at 7 PM as the Crawford Park District celebrates a long-time camping accessory used by generations of Galionites.

“Coleman Lanterns: Sunshine of the Night” will recognize the gas pressure lighting appliances which have been around for over 100 years and are still produced today.

Join Josh and other Coleman collectors to learn about the history of Coleman lanterns, how lanterns work, and most importantly, how to fix them. After the presentation, stay for a glorious light up

The Coleman Lantern is a line of pressure lamps first introduced by the Coleman Company in 1914. This led to a series of lamps that were originally made to burn kerosene or gasoline. Current models use kerosene, gasoline, Coleman fuel (white gas) or propane and use one or two mantles to produce an intense white light. Over the years more than 50 million of the lanterns have been sold throughout the world.

In the 1930s, many Galionites bought their Coleman lantern at Fred Hocker Hardware at 201 South Market. The price was a very reasonable $6.

Bring your old lantern, and let’s see if we can make it the Sunshine of the Night again. Lowe-Volk Park is located in Leesville, just five miles north of Galion on SR 598.

Sources: Crawford Park District, Wikipedia; Photo: Creative Commons License