• 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

  • The Men They Carried: Dogs in World War I

    With the Armistice Day Centennial only seven months away, Americans remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who served in World War I, as well as the hard work required on the home front to support the war effort. The quick mobilization and training of troops is certainly ... more

  • A Second Expedition into the Interior of Africa: The Journal of Hugh Clapperton

    The late 19th century was the beginning of a period of renewed European imperialism, specifically the Race for Africa. The Race for Africa refers to the competition between European nations over control of Africa and its resources, which ended in the division of the continent among the ... more

  • 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