• 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

  • Sarah Margru Kinson, Child of the Amistad

    In February 1839, in violation of international treaties, slavers took a group of Africans from Sierra Leone to Cuba. Most had been kidnapped outright, but a few had been captured in war or, like a young girl named Margru, sold into slavery to pay a debt. In Cuba, two plantation ... more

  • Sweet Summer Time during the Great War

    Perhaps last week you celebrated the summer solstice by soaking up the sun at the pool or sought shade at a picnic in the park. In a few days, Americans across the country will come together for parades, barbecues, and fireworks on what is for many one of summer’s ... more

  • The End and the Beginning of an Age: American Children in World War I

    For American children in World War I, life on a home front far from battle did not mean life lived far from the effects of war. Citizens of every age and ability were called upon to assist in the war effort, and children were no exception. From gardening to raising ... more

  • Croatian Newspapers Now on Chronicling America!

    Two newspapers documenting Croatian-American history in Ohio and surrounding areas are now freely available and full-text searchable (in Croatian) on Chronicling America! Cleveland Radnička Borba, 1941-1946 Youngstown/Pittsburgh Zajedničar, 1954-1959 Croatians were among the many ... more

  • Pattern Book Houses: Designing the American Dream

    Books on architecture and home design have existed since the Roman Empire, when an engineer named Vitruvius documented and published acceptable building methods and styles. In the sixteenth century, an Italian architect named Andrea Palladio published a series of books that included ... more

  • Talking About Chautauqua

    Starting tomorrow and continuing each Saturday in June, the Echoes in Time Theatre at the Ohio History Center will feature a performance of “Preaching, Music and Speechifying! The Lakeside Chautauqua,” and Ohio Humanities is gearing up for its 20th annual tour of Ohio ... more

  • “All For the People, and All By the People”–Lajos Kossuth’s Fight for Hungarian Independence

    In February 1852, Ohio Governor Reuben Wood’s message to the Senate and House of Representatives stated the following: Another subject of universal interest to the American people is the arrival of the Hungarian patriot upon our shores.  It has created an excitement, in the ... more

  • Lithuanian Newspaper Now on Chronicling America!

    Lithuanian immigrants arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, in two waves: the first was in the late 19th century, starting in 1871, and the second was during and after World War II. By 1920, there were between 10,000 and 12,000 Lithuanians in the city and along Lake Erie, with over 20,000 ... more

  • John Wesley Powell and the American West

    The United States Geological Survey was established in 1879 to classify public lands and study their geology and natural resources. The way it carried out this mission was largely shaped by its second director: an adventurer, scientist, and former Ohioan named John Wesley Powell. Powell ... more