• Memorial Day on Ohio Memory

    People around Ohio and around the country are preparing for Memorial Day weekend–a long weekend off work for many, and the unofficial kick-off to the summer season. What we sometimes forget over this holiday, though, is that Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance with deep ... 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

  • A Succinct and Circumstantial Narrative: The Expedition of Lewis and Clark

    On May 14, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis for what would be a two year expedition across the new Louisiana Purchase, through the Continental Divide, and finally to the Pacific Ocean. In honor of the 212th anniversary of their journey, we would like to share ... more

  • Knitting Women of World War I

    Right now we’re in the middle of the World War I centenary. While the world’s men were off fighting one hundred years ago, women on the home front were helping the war effort in their own way. Knitting was one of the most common forms of help for women to ... more

  • An Open Window on Our History

    One of the beauties of digitization is that it allows us to interact with rare and unique cultural objects in new and exciting ways. This interaction includes the ability to put together related items to create an experience that breathes life into objects in our collection, turning the ... more

  • “You Must Have Shakespeare”

    Saturday, April 23 is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the English playwright and poet who authored nearly 40 plays and over 150 sonnets during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. While Shakespeare never stepped foot inside Ohio – or North America, for ... more

  • “A Dignified Public Body”: Thomas Jefferson’s Manual of Parliamentary Practice

    April 13 marked the 273rd birthday of Thomas Jefferson, the second vice president and third president of the United States and drafter of our Declaration of Independence, which we shared in print format in a recent blog post. To say that Jefferson was a prolific writer with a strong ... more

  • Settling Marietta

    Many readers may be familiar with the town of Marietta, but did you know that this community was first settled by members of the Ohio Company of Associates 228 years ago, on April 7, 1788? It was the first organized American community in the Northwest Territory (so named because it ... more

  • “The Poor Defenseless Ones Together Bowed in Prayer”: The Gnadenhutten Massacre

    Gnadenhutten, Ohio’s oldest existing European Settlement, was founded in October 1772 by the Moravian church. The village’s name is derived from the German “gnadenhütten” and means “huts of grace” or “tents of grace.” Its earliest ... more

  • Terex: The Earth-moving Kings

    Ohio’s rich past in the manufacturing industry is well-known, featuring familiar names such as the Dayton Wright Airplane Company, the Hoover Company, Youngstown Sheet and Tube, the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company, and the Firestone and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Companies, just to ... more