• One Chapter at a Time

    When it came to entertainment during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the serialized novel dominated the market. Authors gradually revealed their single large works to captivated readers in installments, published either independently or within larger periodicals, over the course of ... more

  • Hope for Us All: Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

    In 1941, while war raged in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech to Congress, “present[ing] a vision in which the American ideals of individual liberties were extended throughout the world.” This vision included freedom from fear, freedom of speech, ... more

  • Of the People, By the People, For the People: The Gettysburg Address

    Delivered on November 19, 1863, the Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important political speeches in our nation’s history. Though brief, Lincoln’s speech that day reached to the core of the nation’s sorrows and fears and hopes, and continues to be studied and ... more

  • From Armistice Day to Veterans Day

    Veterans Day, held every year on November 11th, is observed as a solemn day to remember, remark on and honor military servicemen and servicewomen throughout the history of the United States. Initiated in 1919 as Armistice Day, the holiday was originally conceived to mark and celebrate the ... more

  • Obituaries Throughout the Years

    In light of this week’s celebrations of the dead with All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and the Day of the Dead, let’s look at one of the small ways we memorialize our loved ones—obituaries. Some may consider obituaries a depressing feature in their local ... more

  • Eye of Serpent and Tongue of Frog: Francis Barrett’s Magus

      Halloween is upon us, and with it come tales of the supernatural, magic, and the occult.  Our current Halloween traditions originate with both the Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced “sow-when”) and the Christian All Saints’ Day, but many of us find ... more

  • “Historical and Cultural Foundations of the Nation”: 50 Years of the NHPA

    Fifty years ago this week — on October 15, 1966 — President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Historic Preservation Act. This important piece of legislation has now allowed half a century of incredibly important work recognizing and preserving historical elements ... more

  • Shades of Green: Reports of the Department of the Inspection of Workshops and Factories

    In May 2013 we introduced you to an Ohio Memory collection that is of interest to genealogists but may have been overlooked as a source of genealogical information. We called our blog post “Shades of Green,” saying that, while vital records give us a good, solid outline on our ... more

  • For Czech-Americans, by Czech-Americans: The Americké Dělnické Listy

    Ohio Memory is pleased to announce its latest newspaper collection: the Americké Dělnické Listy (American Workingmen’s News)! This collection covers the years 1918 through 1941 and provides Czech-American insights on events, people and society ... more

  • Say “Cheese”!: Ohio’s Dairy Industry

    The earliest evidence of humans milking cows for their own consumption dates to 4000 B.C.E. in Great Britain and Northern Europe. After analysis, fat molecules from dairy products have been found on potsherds from this period. Scientists have since hypothesized that a genetic mutation ... more