• Slovenian Newspaper Now on Chronicling America!

    From the early 1900s through the 1990s, Cleveland was home to the largest Slovenian settlement in the United States. Immigrants from Slovenia began arriving in the city in 1882, with increased immigration during the periods of 1890-1914, 1919-1924 and 1949-1960. The first wave coincided ... more

  • The Madison Home: From a Grand Army to Ghosts

    Today’s Friday the 13th post focuses on the Madison Seminary and Home. Although today it is known for its resident “ghosts” and haunted tours, for more than a century it was home to students and to the families of Ohio veterans. The Madison Seminary was originally ... more

  • Help Uncover the “Little Stories” of World War I!

    In keeping with the blog post theme of recent weeks, today’s post is in recognition of the date’s important role in World War I history. It was on April 6th, 1917, that the United States officially declared war on Germany, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint ... more

  • The Library War Service in Ohio

    Earlier this month, we shared the history of Camp Sherman on the Ohio Memory blog. This week, we would like to revisit Camp Sherman, focusing specifically on one aspect of soldiers’ experiences there: the Camp Sherman library, as established by the Library War Service. During World ... more

  • Are You an “American” or a “Hun”?: Anti-German Hysteria during World War I

    During World War I, anti-German feeling and activity spread throughout the United States, in large part as a way to show support for the American war effort. Germans were the largest non-English-speaking minority group at the time of the 1910 census—in Ohio, the German-American ... more

  • Benjamin Harrison: A Presidential Legacy

    Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio. He came from a longtime political family: his father was a farmer who had served in Congress; his grandfather was U.S. President William Henry Harrison; and his great-grandfather was Benjamin Harrison V, a signer on the ... more

  • Camp Sherman: “Ohio’s Soldier Factory”

    Once the United States officially joined World War I on April 2, 1917, the federal government quickly organized committees charged with building a national infrastructure for mobilizing hundreds of thousands of troops. In an incredibly short period of time, the U.S. government constructed ... more

  • “The Pain Became Too Acute, and I Had to Do Something About It”: The Wartime Propaganda of Dr. Seuss

    In past blog posts, we’ve shared pieces of WWII propaganda, from posters to pamphlets to materials targeting residents of countries outside the United States. Propaganda was used widely to drum up support for the war effort, both at home and abroad; to remind Americans to preserve ... more

  • “Children begin their day right when they read The Junior”

    Recently, a special piece of Ohio’s newspaper history was rediscovered. Four and a half issues of the State Journal Junior, thought to be missing from the collections of the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library, were found. Although this may seem a small find, this content ... more

  • William Henry Harrison: Soldier and Statesman

    William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was not only the last president born a British subject and the first sitting president to have his photograph taken, but also the first president to call Ohio home. Harrison was born February 9, 1773, and was the youngest ... more