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Jerrie Mock’s Historic Flight

Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world. Geraldine Fredritz Mock was born on November 22, 1925 in Newark, Ohio. Mock became interested in planes at the age of 7, when her father took her to … Continue reading

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More Ohio Newspapers Added to Chronicling America!

The Library of Congress has added another 9,000 pages of historic Ohio newspapers to Chronicling America! Kalida Venture (1845-1854) Maumee Express (1837-1838) Maumee City Express (1838-1840) Pomeroy Weekly Telegraph (1860-1866) Ravenna Democratic Press (1868-1895) Ravenna Ohio Star (1852-1854) Ravenna Portage County … Continue reading

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Still Time to Vote in Ohio Memory Madness

Ohio Memory Madness Final Four voting has begun. Who’s (I mean “what’s”) still in the running to become the 2014 Ohio Memory Madness Champion? • Defibrillator Prototype from the Dittrick Medical History Center vs. Dan Emmett Violin from the Ohio … Continue reading

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In April Learn More about Health and Wellness in History

During curators talks in April learn more about the dangers of severe weather, injuries to animals, the affect of the prehistoric diet on teeth and war gardens. April 5 Blown Away: 40th Anniversary of the Xenia Tornado On April 4, … Continue reading

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Birdie Schmidt Larrick: A Columbus Girl’s Unusual Adventures

Printed in the April 15, 1945 issue of the Columbus Citizen are five pictures under the heading “Camera Record of Columbus Girl’s Unusual Adventures.” That Columbus girl was Birdie Schmidt Larrick who during World War II became the only women serving in the Red … Continue reading

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Lilly Martin Spencer: Artist and Ohioan

Join curator Emily Lang for a talk on Lilly Martin Spencer on Saturday, March 22 at 2 pm at the Ohio History Center and see some of the artist’s work in person. During the mid 1800s Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) … Continue reading

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New Records Available for Research Online

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff, two more sets of death records have been added to our online Death Certificate Index. That’s over 35,000 new records for you to search! Columbus Death Certificates, 1904-1908. Previously unavailable, the Columbus Death … Continue reading

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Celebrate Ohio Statehood and Women’s History

Curators’ talks for the month of March celebrate 211 years of Ohio statehood and the pioneering achievements of Ohio women. March 1 Happy Birthday Ohio! Celebrate Ohio’s 211th birthday and learn about the efforts that led to Ohio’s statehood on … Continue reading

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Finding the Leaves of Your Family Tree in the Pages of Online Newspapers

Newspapers contain a wealth of information for those researching their family history. Whether it’s a birth announcement, death notice, business advertisement or report about a crime, you can find all kinds of things in newspapers. And while these historical treasures … Continue reading

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An Ordinary Shawl with an Extraordinary Story

Sometimes the story of how we acquire an object is just as fascinating as the object itself. So is the case of a plain shawl donated in 1943. James Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. … Continue reading

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