• Uncle Sam: The Man, the Myth, and the Legend

    The image of Uncle Sam has long been a part of the American iconography. A bearded man, decked out in red, white, and blue and sporting a patriotic top hat proclaims “I want YOU” to enlist in the U.S. Army; to keep the cost of living down; to work wartime ... more

  • Glenn Curtiss and his “Conquest of the Air”

    Ohio has its share of famous folks in aviation history, but last week marked an interesting aviation first that, while the pilot was not himself a native, took place along our state’s northern shore. Glenn Curtiss was born in Hammondsport, New York, on May 21, 1878, and began ... more

  • War Is Hell: William Tecumseh Sherman, Atlanta, and the March to the Sea

    During the final year of the Civil War, Ohio native William Tecumseh Sherman was given command of the Union’s Western Armies as well as a mission: while Ulysses S. Grant engaged Southern forces under Robert E. Lee, Sherman was to advance through the Confederate heartland and capture ... more

  • “The Fiery Orb Darkened”

    This past Monday marked a remarkable astronomical event that you have probably heard about in the news if you didn’t see it for yourself–a total solar eclipse that swept across the contiguous United States in a swath about 70 miles across! Viewers in the path of the eclipse ... more

  • 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