• Spinning Dreams of Long, Long Ago: Spindles and Spinning Wheels

    Long before the advent of written history, humans were using sticks to spin fibers together into long strands, which could then be twisted into rope or knitted or woven into cloth or net. Flax, wool, cotton, or other materials were secured to the stick, and the stick was sent spinning ... more

  • Fun at Ohio’s County Fairs

    While the Ohio State Fair wrapped up this last Sunday, “fair season” is still in full force as county fairs around the state mark the calendar between now and October. The state’s earliest fair–in Paulding County–kicked things off in mid-June, while the ... more

  • All Aboard! Ohio Railroad History

    When Ohio first became a state in 1803, the primary methods of transportation to and through the state were by horse and wagon or by river. Within two decades, state officials had realized the economic benefit that canal access to Lake Erie and the Ohio River would bring by providing ... more

  • Soap Opera: The Story of Procter & Gamble

    Many national companies have Ohio roots, including the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Quaker Oats. Did you know that Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s leading soap producers, started here in Ohio? Procter & Gamble began as a partnership between James Gamble and ... more

  • Two Hundred Years of Service: The State Library of Ohio

    Two hundred years ago, the United States was forty-one years old, and much of the territory that comprises our nation was still held by other countries. Ohio was just fourteen, and Columbus had only been our state capital for a year, the capital having been previously located in ... more

  • Sister Poets–Alice and Phoebe Cary

    Alice (1820-1871) and Phoebe Cary (1824-1871) were 19th century American poets who grew up on Clovernook Farm near Cincinnati, Ohio. Their parents, Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary, raised them in a Universalist household, engendering in them progressive ideas regarding social reform and ... more

  • Li’l Abner Saves a City

    For many people, the term civil defense evokes memories of backyard bomb shelters and schoolchildren crouched under their desks during the “duck and cover” drills of the 1950s and 1960s. Although we may find these activities amusing today, the concept of civil defense in the ... more

  • End of an ERAA: The WPA Years in Ohio

    On this day in 1943, a major federal program came to an end–one which was responsible for a great number of positive changes and projects in Ohio during the 1930s and 1940s. The Works Progress Administration, after running for eight years, was dissolved on June 30, 1943. Back in ... more

  • “The Flame of Living Genius”: The Ohio School of the Air

    On November 2, 1920, KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh launched the first radio broadcast in the country, announcing the returns of the Harding-Cox presidential election (which you can listen to here). Soon after, radio purchases exploded; from 1923-1930, approximately 60% of American families ... more

  • Music from the Past

    It’s summertime, and that means the weekends are filled with festivals all around Ohio! This weekend will mark both the Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival in Coshocton County and the Washboard Music Festival–“Ohio’s Most Unique Music Festival”–in Logan, ... more