• Benjamin Harrison: A Presidential Legacy

    Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio. He came from a longtime political family: his father was a farmer who had served in Congress; his grandfather was U.S. President William Henry Harrison; and his great-grandfather was Benjamin Harrison V, a signer on the ... more

  • Camp Sherman: “Ohio’s Soldier Factory”

    Once the United States officially joined World War I on April 2, 1917, the federal government quickly organized committees charged with building a national infrastructure for mobilizing hundreds of thousands of troops. In an incredibly short period of time, the U.S. government constructed ... more

  • “The Pain Became Too Acute, and I Had to Do Something About It”: The Wartime Propaganda of Dr. Seuss

    In past blog posts, we’ve shared pieces of WWII propaganda, from posters to pamphlets to materials targeting residents of countries outside the United States. Propaganda was used widely to drum up support for the war effort, both at home and abroad; to remind Americans to preserve ... more

  • “Children begin their day right when they read The Junior”

    Recently, a special piece of Ohio’s newspaper history was rediscovered. Four and a half issues of the State Journal Junior, thought to be missing from the collections of the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library, were found. Although this may seem a small find, this content ... more

  • 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