• Our Flag Was Still There: Francis Scott Key and the “Star-Spangled Banner”

    On September 7, 1814, American attorney Francis Scott Key boarded the British ship HMS Tonnant, which was anchored just in the Baltimore harbor, hoping to negotiate the release of prisoners being held during the War of 1812. His negotiations were successful, but his timing – the ... more

  • More News about Newspapers

    Over the past two years, the Ohio History Connection has digitized and added over 100,000 pages of foreign language newspaper content to Chronicling America, where they are freely available and keyword searchable in their original language. Researchers now have access to hundreds of ... more

  • Football, American Style

    College football season is here once again! This week we’re taking a look back at the early days of college football in the United States, including a coaching legend with Ohio ties. North American football has its roots in several types of “football” games played at ... more

  • “The time has come for Art to do its bit in our war”

    As part of the Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I project, a two-year grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio History Connection has digitized archival collections from the Cincinnati Art Museum relating to the Art Academy of ... more

  • “Education is Life:” Back to School (Again) with Ohio Memory

      “Education is not preparation for life: Education is life itself.” – John Dewey (1859-1952)    It’s the middle of August and, for kids all across the country, that means the return to books, lectures, and homework. It’s time for school to ... more

  • Hungarian-German Newspaper Now on Chronicling America!

    A newspaper dedicated to the community of Hungarian-Germans in Ohio is now on Chronicling America! You can visit the site to browse and explore  issues of the Cleveland Siebenbürgisch-Amerikanisches Volksblatt, 1939-1954. Hungarian-Germans, or Transylvanian-Saxons, were ... more

  • Charles F. Kettering, Ohio Inventor

    Charles Kettering was born August 29, 1876, on a farm near Loudonville, Ohio. After graduating high school, he took classes at the College of Wooster and worked as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse before enrolling at The Ohio State University. After withdrawing due to eye problems, he ... more

  • Carnation City, U.S.A.

    Although its events span over two weeks in late summer, the main weekend of the Alliance Carnation Festival will be in full swing starting today. Let’s take a look at this unique local celebration from the northeastern corner of our state, with some interesting connections to ... more

  • A Nation Weeps: The Death of Ulysses S. Grant

    Monday, July 23, marks the anniversary of the death of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War hero, 18th President of the United States, and Ohioan by birth. Grant’s military and political careers are well known: he is credited for having turned the tide toward a Northern victory, defeating ... more

  • Paddling Through Ohio History

    On July 13, 1913, the Dayton Canoe Club held its first regatta along the Great Miami River, sparking interest in rebuilding the area’s local White City Amusement Park, which had been destroyed by the disastrous 1913 flood earlier that year. The new park, seen in the photograph ... more