• “Arbor Day Proposes for the Future”

    Today marks the annual observance of Arbor Day in Ohio, a yearly holiday meant to celebrate trees and their importance to our lives and environment. Arbor Day celebrations usually involve tree planting ceremonies, both large and small, a number of which can be found on Ohio Memory! Seen ... more

  • Tender Remembrance: The Art of Victorian Hairwork

    Near the end of the 19th century, a female member of the Loffer family of Degraff, Ohio, crafted a family heirloom, a piece of art that memorialized those loved ones who had died. It included representations of each family member, with space in the center to focus on whoever had ... more

  • The Law of the Land: William Howard Taft

    This week we conclude our series on chief justices from Ohio with William Howard Taft, the only person to serve as both U.S. president and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Taft was born in Cincinnati in 1857. His father was a judge who served as secretary of war ... more

  • “Born in England, Raised in Cleveland and Schooled in Vaudeville”

    Leslie Townes Hope was born on May 29, 1903, in the London suburb of Eltham, England, to his mother Avis and his father William, a stonemason. These days, Leslie (who later changed his name to Lester) is better known to millions as the world-famous entertainer, Bob Hope. When Hope was ... more

  • Vibrancy in Nature: Papillons and the Art of E.A. Séguy

    By the time March rolls around, Ohioans are usually ready for warmer weather. Indeed, though this past winter was largely uneventful and mild, warmer spring temperatures are a welcome relief. Still, despite spring having officially sprung on March 20, we still have a bit of time until the ... more

  • The First Lady of American Cinema

    In honor of Women’s History Month, today’s post features Lillian Diana Gish, a native Ohioan whose career as an actress, director and writer spanned most of the 20th century, from around 1899 through 1987. She was born in Springfield, Ohio, on October 14, 1893, to Mary ... more

  • The Law of the Land: Chief Justice Morrison Waite

    Today we continue our profiles of U.S. Supreme Court justices from Ohio with Morrison Remick Waite, the seventh chief justice of the nation’s highest court. Waite was born in 1816 in Lyme, Connecticut, where his father was an attorney and later became chief justice of the Supreme ... more

  • Signs of Spring on Ohio Memory

    The official start to spring is just under two weeks away, although much of Ohio has been experiencing spring-like weather off and on for weeks now already. To celebrate the coming start of the new season, let’s take a look at some of the signs of spring you can find ... more

  • Part of the American Epic: Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson

    If you’ve watched any television in the past twelve months, or read any newspapers, or consumed media of any kind, you have probably heard of the award-winning film Hidden Figures. The film is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s 2016 book of the same name, which tells the story of ... more

  • Quaker Oats: “The Easy Food”

    Some of us remember our parents insisting that we eat a good breakfast because it’s “the most important meal of the day.” Did you know that one of the most successful breakfast food companies in the country started right here in Ohio? What we now know as the Quaker ... more