• A Great Moral Curiosity!

    On today’s date, October 20th, in 1848, a Shaker Family Concert took place in Fairfield County, Ohio, that promised quite the spectacle. As seen in the program at right, the event that took place at E. Meyers Hall featured representatives from the Society of Shakers of New ... more

  • Broad Spheres of Gold

    “And thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky/ Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie!” — From “The Pumpkin,” by John Greenleaf Whittier The poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote in Locksley Hall, “In spring a young man’s fancy lightly ... more

  • More “Little Stories” from World War I

    Have you checked back lately to see the new material that’s available on Ohio Memory through the World War I in Ohio Digital Collection? Thanks to a continuation of our “Little Stories of the Great War” grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, content ... more

  • Paving the Way: Ohio and the National Road

    When Thomas Jefferson signed the enabling act that authorized residents of the Ohio Territory to take steps toward statehood in 1802, that legislation included a provision allowing the government to use a percentage of the net proceeds from federal land sales in the future state to build ... more

  • More Newspapers on Ohio Memory!

    We are happy to announce that we have added four newspapers to Ohio Memory since the beginning of May! These new keyword-searchable collections total 35,000 pages and  represent four different communities: Akron Reporter, 1969-1999, 2003-2016 (courtesy of the Akron-Summit County ... more

  • Uncle Sam: The Man, the Myth, and the Legend

    The image of Uncle Sam has long been a part of the American iconography. A bearded man, decked out in red, white, and blue and sporting a patriotic top hat proclaims “I want YOU” to enlist in the U.S. Army; to keep the cost of living down; to work wartime ... more

  • Glenn Curtiss and his “Conquest of the Air”

    Ohio has its share of famous folks in aviation history, but last week marked an interesting aviation first that, while the pilot was not himself a native, took place along our state’s northern shore. Glenn Curtiss was born in Hammondsport, New York, on May 21, 1878, and began ... more

  • War Is Hell: William Tecumseh Sherman, Atlanta, and the March to the Sea

    During the final year of the Civil War, Ohio native William Tecumseh Sherman was given command of the Union’s Western Armies as well as a mission: while Ulysses S. Grant engaged Southern forces under Robert E. Lee, Sherman was to advance through the Confederate heartland and capture ... more

  • “The Fiery Orb Darkened”

    This past Monday marked a remarkable astronomical event that you have probably heard about in the news if you didn’t see it for yourself–a total solar eclipse that swept across the contiguous United States in a swath about 70 miles across! Viewers in the path of the eclipse ... more

  • Spinning Dreams of Long, Long Ago: Spindles and Spinning Wheels

    Long before the advent of written history, humans were using sticks to spin fibers together into long strands, which could then be twisted into rope or knitted or woven into cloth or net. Flax, wool, cotton, or other materials were secured to the stick, and the stick was sent spinning ... more