• Two Hundred Years of Service: The State Library of Ohio

    Two hundred years ago, the United States was forty-one years old, and much of the territory that comprises our nation was still held by other countries. Ohio was just fourteen, and Columbus had only been our state capital for a year, the capital having been previously located in ... more

  • Sister Poets–Alice and Phoebe Cary

    Alice (1820-1871) and Phoebe Cary (1824-1871) were 19th century American poets who grew up on Clovernook Farm near Cincinnati, Ohio. Their parents, Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary, raised them in a Universalist household, engendering in them progressive ideas regarding social reform and ... more

  • Li’l Abner Saves a City

    For many people, the term civil defense evokes memories of backyard bomb shelters and schoolchildren crouched under their desks during the “duck and cover” drills of the 1950s and 1960s. Although we may find these activities amusing today, the concept of civil defense in the ... more

  • End of an ERAA: The WPA Years in Ohio

    On this day in 1943, a major federal program came to an end–one which was responsible for a great number of positive changes and projects in Ohio during the 1930s and 1940s. The Works Progress Administration, after running for eight years, was dissolved on June 30, 1943. Back in ... more

  • “The Flame of Living Genius”: The Ohio School of the Air

    On November 2, 1920, KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh launched the first radio broadcast in the country, announcing the returns of the Harding-Cox presidential election (which you can listen to here). Soon after, radio purchases exploded; from 1923-1930, approximately 60% of American families ... more

  • Music from the Past

    It’s summertime, and that means the weekends are filled with festivals all around Ohio! This weekend will mark both the Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival in Coshocton County and the Washboard Music Festival–“Ohio’s Most Unique Music Festival”–in Logan, ... more

  • We the People: The Ohio Constitution of 1851

    This month marks the anniversary of the Ohio Constitution of 1851. Although it has been amended during the past century and a half, this document still governs the state today. Ohio’s first constitution, seen above, was drafted in 1802 as one of the prerequisite steps for statehood. ... more

  • Caps Off! Graduations on Ohio Memory

    By the first week of June, school is out and lazy days spent poolside, basking in the summer sun are finally here. For our high school and college graduates, summer 2017 marks the transition from one stage of life to another step towards “adulthood.” This weekend, many Ohioans ... more

  • A Few of Our Favorite Things

    Sometimes, as we’re researching a specific blog topic, or finding materials for a patron, we stumble across materials that aren’t relevant to our particular search. Today, we’d like to share some of those items with you, items that make us smile and that brighten our ... more

  • Mrs. Narcissa (Newkirk) Douglas: Wooster Woman of Many Attainments

    All too often, women get lost in history. When they are young and still living with parents, they may fall in the shadow of their father or grandfather. Once they marry, they fall into the shadow of their husband. Such is the story of Mrs. Narcissa (Newkirk) Douglas. Narcissa Newkirk ... more