• 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

  • “This Mighty Revolution”

    By the time that this blog post is published, Ohio’s presidential primary will have passed. Voting is a treasured right in the United States, one for which our ancestors fought, long and hard, and often died. We celebrate the U.S. Constitution as being the document which guarantees ... more

  • Tree Tapping and Sugar Shacks: Maple Syrup in Ohio

    Around Ohio, this time of year marks an important season for a delicious natural resource that many of us enjoy–maple syrup! With harsh and long-lasting winters over the last few years, syrup production has not been at its peak, but a milder winter this year promises plenty of ... more

  • Back the Attack! Propaganda and World War II

    In both good and difficult times, our Federal Government produces materials designed to direct citizens’ thoughts in a specific direction. During World War II, U.S. government agencies produced and distributed countless pamphlets, posters, and other materials with the express intent ... more

  • “With Merry Hum”: Langstroth and the Honey Bee

    Of all the insects in the world, honey bees likely generate the widest range of feelings. On the one hand, we hate their sting and their tendency to become aggressive when they feel threatened. On the other hand, we love that they provide us with a remarkable natural resource –- ... more