• USS Akron and the Rise, Fall and Rise of Airships

    On this day in 1931, the U.S. Navy airship the USS Akron took its first flight. The Akron is remembered as the first rigid, lighter-than-air ship made in Ohio, and it would become even more famous less than two years later when it was destroyed in the worst airship disaster ... more

  • Writing History: The Tower of London

    When we share materials via Ohio Memory, and when we discuss those materials in blog posts, we make every effort to be both accurate and impartial. In general, accuracy is the simpler goal of the two… so long as our sources are accurate, that is. Impartiality, however, is a bigger ... more

  • “If A Victory Is To Be Gained”

    Tomorrow, September 10th, marks the 203rd anniversary of a pivotal event in Ohio’s history as well as the nation’s. It was on this day in 1813 that British and American forces met in a naval engagement on Lake Erie during the War of 1812, resulting in an American victory that ... more

  • There She Is: Miss Ohio and Miss America

    On June 18, Alice Magoto was crowned Miss Ohio for 2016. On September 6, she will begin the preliminary competition for the title of Miss America, with the crowning of the winner to take place on September 11. This year marks the 95th year of the pageant, and with its ... more

  • Happy Birthday, Lucy!

    This Sunday, August 28, is the 185th birthday of Lucy Webb Hayes, the wife of Ohio governor and president Rutherford B. Hayes. Now commonly remembered as “Lemonade Lucy”–a nickname which seems to have been coined after her time in the White House and popularized by ... more

  • Painting a Picture: Battle of Fallen Timbers

    Those of us who bring you Ohio Memory are, as you might imagine, enthusiastic about Ohio’s history. We love to share materials from our collections and tell you about events that may have escaped your notice or not been on your radar since your school days. There are times, however, ... more

  • Yesterday’s Ads for Today’s Products

    Many of the products that we use in our homes every day have a long history. Whether it’s the soap in our bathrooms, the food in our pantries or the candy in our pockets, there’s a chance that one of your family members used similar items produced by the same companies ... more

  • The Supreme Creation of an Era: Ohio and the Early Auto Industry

    Of Ohio’s many claims to fame, those involving cars are typically not at the top of the list. We are, however, leaders in three areas relating to autos: accidents, signals, and inventors of automobiles and related technologies. The first traffic accident involving an automobile ... more

  • Beating the Heat

    Much of Ohio has been facing hot and humid weather over the last week, with heat advisories and high temperatures across the state. To give you a break from the sweltering summer, we’re taking a look at some Ohioans beating the heat in a number of ways on Ohio Memory! ... more

  • “Little Stories” Now Online!

    You may recall around this time last year we announced our recent receipt of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In that blog post, you learned about our plans to convene an advisory board to guide the project, develop a pilot digital collection of World War I ... more