• William Henry Harrison: Soldier and Statesman

    William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was not only the last president born a British subject and the first sitting president to have his photograph taken, but also the first president to call Ohio home. Harrison was born February 9, 1773, and was the youngest ... more

  • “The Popularity of Marguerite Clark”

    In honor of the upcoming Oscars, today’s post features Marguerite Clark, star of stage and screen in the early 20th century, of whom it was written: “The popularity of Marguerite Clark is like the popularity of the place where gold is discovered; everybody lights out for it in ... more

  • The Second Month, The Second Day: Groundhog Day

    By the time you read this, Buckeye Chuck will have emerged from his burrow in Marion, Ohio, to predict the timing of spring’s arrival. If he saw his shadow, we can take it as a sign that spring weather is still six weeks away. No shadow? Spring is here, at ... more

  • St. John’s Hospital and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

    This past summer, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati archives was able to digitize excerpts of a Civil War-era patient ledger thanks to an Ohio Archives Grant received from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board. The collection is now available through Ohio Memory and we’re ... more

  • 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