• 40 Years Later: The Blizzard of ’78

    Ohio has gotten a season’s worth of snow over the last couple weeks, with teeth-chattering temperatures to match. Many years, this is par for the winter course in our state–but this coming week marks the 40th anniversary of a winter storm the likes of which Ohioans who ... more

  • Dalton Smith Hayes’ World War I Service

    When the United States officially entered World War I, young men all over the country responded by enlisting in the armed forces. One of these men was Dalton Smith Hayes, grandson of President Rutherford B. Hayes, born at Spiegel Grove in Fremont, Ohio, on June 22, 1898, to Fanny Hayes ... more

  • Elizabeth Keckley’s “Behind the Scenes”

    Elizabeth Keckley was an activist, renowned dressmaker, and successful businesswoman, and an associate of prominent Washingtonians during the mid-1860s. Keckley was also a woman, and black, making the story of her rise, and eventual fall, thrilling and heartbreaking by turns. Keckley was ... more

  • Polish Newspapers Now on Chronicling America!

    During the late 19th and early 20th century, Ohio saw a wave of immigration from countries in eastern Europe. Many moved to the United States in search of new opportunities that would allow them to improve their economic situation and escape hardship in their native countries. Among these ... more

  • Toys in Wartime

    In December 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor pulled the U.S. into World War II and brought the need for sacrifice to families across the country. The Great Depression had already required people to be resourceful, but the war brought formal restrictions on many goods. Commodities from ... more

  • Sister Blandina and the Santa Maria Institute

    August 22, 1897. “Sister,” said Mother Mary Blanche, one day while several Sisters were standing around waiting an opportunity to consult her, “I have been wanting to ask you something for some time, and I’ll do it now lest I forget it. I have been wondering if you ... more

  • The Captivity Narrative of John McCullough

    Captivity narratives, especially those related to Europeans and Americans captured by American Indians, have been popular in this country since the 17th century, and the veracity of some of these stories is often debated. Captivity narratives traditionally have the captive recording their ... more

  • Charles Engle, 82nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry

    The Civil War was fought by Americans from across the existing states, as well as recent immigrants to the country, doing their part alongside those born here. A new item available on Ohio Memory is the scrapbook of German immigrant Charles Engle, containing his letters home to his ... more

  • Ohio Goes West: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915

    August 1914 marked the opening of the Panama Canal, an engineering feat that halved shipping time between America’s coasts. In 1915, the city of San Francisco invited the world to celebrate. In the 19th century, ships carrying goods from the East Coast to the West Coast had to sail ... more

  • “The Red Crosser”: Mary Gladwin in World War I

    We have new and exciting items in the World War I in Ohio Collection on Ohio Memory! Through Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I, a two-year digitization project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), additional World War I materials from the Ohio ... more