• “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

  • Military Pioneers: Women’s Auxiliaries and World War II

    Seventy-five years ago this month, Congress passed legislation establishing the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). The WAAC was one of several military and civilian women’s auxiliaries that made an important contribution to the war and helped lay the groundwork for future ... more

  • “The Greatest, Gentlest, and Most Famous and Heroic Beast That Ever Lived”

    Have you heard the news? This month will mark the final performances of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has been in operation in various forms for nearly 150 years. The rise of the circus began in the mid-1800s, but over the last century and a half, ... more

  • “Arbor Day Proposes for the Future”

    Today marks the annual observance of Arbor Day in Ohio, a yearly holiday meant to celebrate trees and their importance to our lives and environment. Arbor Day celebrations usually involve tree planting ceremonies, both large and small, a number of which can be found on Ohio Memory! Seen ... more

  • Tender Remembrance: The Art of Victorian Hairwork

    Near the end of the 19th century, a female member of the Loffer family of Degraff, Ohio, crafted a family heirloom, a piece of art that memorialized those loved ones who had died. It included representations of each family member, with space in the center to focus on whoever had ... more