• Beating the Heat

    Much of Ohio has been facing hot and humid weather over the last week, with heat advisories and high temperatures across the state. To give you a break from the sweltering summer, we’re taking a look at some Ohioans beating the heat in a number of ways on Ohio Memory! ... 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

  • How’s the Weather… Part Two

    Back in August of 2013, we wrote about a weather journal that was kept by State Librarian Zechariah Mills. Mr. Mills kept track of weather conditions every day from 1838 to 1844, and also added notations on goings-on in Columbus. We believed that the journal in the State Library’s ... more

  • Pleasing Penmanship from the Past

    When most of us remember back to our school notebooks and homework, good penmanship may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But a recent addition to Ohio Memory–a mathematical exercise book dating to 1842–tells quite a different story. The book, which was purchased by ... more

  • An American Pastime–Baseball in Ohio

    Today, July 8, we are almost exactly halfway through the Major League Baseball season, which runs from April 3 to October 2 of 2016. What better time to take a look at the history of America’s pastime as it’s played here in Ohio? The game of baseball has been played ... more

  • Cornerstone Laying Ceremonies and the Buildings that Shape Us

    Whether surrounded by a bustling city or a quiet rural community, buildings make up the places and spaces that make us who we are. Of course buildings serve a necessary utilitarian function, but importantly, they house many of our memories, milestones, and loved ones. Adding a new ... more

  • The Boy General: George Armstrong Custer

    This June 25 will mark the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn, otherwise known as Custer’s Last Stand. Ohioan George Armstrong Custer was many things in his lifetime – teacher, student, soldier – but it was his last, most notorious act for which he is best ... more

  • “The stars incline, but do not compel”

    Since the beginning of human existence, mankind has looked to the stars and other celestial bodies for explanations of human behavior and earthly events in a practice known as astrology. Early astrologers observed and predicted seasons, star movements, lunar cycles and more, so ... more

  • The Committee of Five: Drafting the Declaration of Independence

    In a blog post this past March, we shared with you The Genuine Principles of the Ancient Saxon, or English Constitution, which included the first version of the Declaration of Independence to be printed in book format. June 11 will mark 240 years since the Declaration’s drafters, ... more

  • A Brief History of Hocking Hills State Park

      Saturday, June 4, marks the American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day, a day to enjoy some of America’s great trails. Ohio Memory is celebrating National Trails Day by guiding you through a brief tour of Hocking Hills State Park, highlighting some of the ... more