Category Archives: Newspapers

Who Was Samuel Medary?

Praised by Democrats, denigrated by Whigs and Republicans and a household name to all, Samuel Medary, the “Old Wheel-horse of Democracy”, was a 19th century newspaper publisher, politician and spokesperson for the Democratic Party in Ohio. Though he wore many … Continue reading

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“Ain’t I a Woman?” Sojourner Truth’s Famous Speech in the Newspapers

On May 28-29, 1851, a Women’s Rights Convention was held in Akron, Ohio, to rally support for women’s suffrage. That year, Ohio was holding a Constitutional Convention, and petitions were being collected across the state asking the legislature to give … Continue reading

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“Killed by Pitched Ball”: Finding Ray Chapman on Chronicling America

On August 16, 1920, at the Polo Grounds in New York, Raymond “Ray” Chapman, star shortstop of the Cleveland Indians, stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning to face surly New York Yankees pitcher, Carl Mays. Mays had … Continue reading

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Tornadoes Present Remind Us of Tornadoes Past

Recent weather events in Oklahoma remind us again how devastating tornadoes can be. Like Oklahoma, we also have a history of severe tornadoes in Ohio. Channel 4 meteorologist Ben Gelber came to the Research Room on the third floor of … Continue reading

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I Found It In the Archives Contest: Finalist Sharen Bowers

Finalist: Sharen Bowers To place your vote click here. During one of my family history research quests at the Ohio Historical Archives/Library, I was fast forwarding through microfilm of an old Scio, Harrison County, Ohio newspaper, The Scio Weekly Herald, … Continue reading

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I Found It In the Archives Contest Finalist: Doug Tracy

Finalist: Doug Tracy To place your vote click here. I grew up knowing little about my family’s history. However, for some inexplicable reason, one extremely vague story did stick with me over the years – a strange tale about an … Continue reading

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Chronicling America’s 5 Millionth Page!

More Ohio Newspapers Now Available on Library of Congress Website Chronicling America just added its five millionth historic newspaper page! With this latest update to the Library of Congress website, over 5.2 million pages from 801 newspapers representing 25 states … Continue reading

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Come See the ScanPro 2000

The Archives Library has gone high tech with the purchase of a ScanPro 2000, our first digital microfilm reader/printer/scanner. In addition to being more reliable than our aging analog reader/printers, the ScanPro 2000 has some cool features we think our … Continue reading

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New Addition to Newspaper Collection

Did you know that Ohio Historical Society has many Ohio newspapers on paper and microfilm? Thanks to a generous donation the collection just got bigger! We are pleased to announce that the Bliss Memorial Public Library in Bloomville, Ohio recently … Continue reading

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Ohio Has a History of Hot Weather

NBC4 meteorologist Ben Gelber was at the Ohio History Center today to research previous Ohio heat waves. Our extensive collection of Ohio newspapers provided numerous headlines about high temperatures in earlier decades, particularly the 1950s. Watch the story online: Is Our … Continue reading

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