• A New Designation for Historic Zoar!

    Have you heard the news? Zoar Village, part of the Ohio History Connection’s statewide system of historic sites, has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior! With this designation, Zoar joins an impressive list of only about 2,500 other ... more

  • Shades of Green: County Atlases in Ohio Memory

    Approximately ten years ago, in a combined effort between the State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Transportation, a number of county atlases in the library’s collection were digitized. The Department of Transportation was primarily interested in comparing older atlases ... more

  • “Greet the Coming New Year, as the Old Year Passes Out”

    This coming weekend will see Ohioans (wherever they may be!) bidding farewell to 2016 and welcoming in the New Year. As the old year closes and 2017 begins, we’d like to take a look back at some of the “New Years” of years past! Cards, like the one seen above, ... more

  • A Light in the Darkness: Traditions of Light at Hanukkah and Christmas

    In an unusual twist, both Hanukkah and Christmas will take place this weekend, with Hanukkah beginning on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and the first full day falling on Christmas. For both winter holidays, the use of light figures prominently in celebrations and traditions. Hanukkah, ... more

  • Remembering John Glenn

    Ohio and the entire world truly lost a hero this last week on December 8th, with the passing of John Glenn. Born in Cambridge, Ohio, on July 18, 1921, Glenn was a lifelong Ohioan who leaves behind a legacy that will be impossible to equal. After an idyllic childhood in ... more

  • So Complicated an Investigation: The Electoral College

    Every four years, with each U.S. presidential election, the Electoral College rises into prominence, becoming the subject of discussion and debate. This year, of course, is no different. Yet many of us lack a clear understanding of the purpose and function of the Electoral College. Who ... more

  • 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