• Newspapers: A (19th) Century of Change

    The Lebanon Western Star, occasionally renamed to the Weekly Western Star or the Western Star and Lebanon Gazette, was a weekly newspaper mainly covering southwestern Ohio. For the last several months, I’ve been helping to collate the bound volumes of the newspaper to prepare ... more

  • Penalty and Incentive: The Ohio State Reformatory

    The Ohio State Reformatory – also known as the Mansfield Reformatory –  opened its doors on September 15, 1886. As the name implies, the Reformatory was first imagined as a place for reforming inmates, giving them an opportunity to recreate their lives, becoming ... more

  • Faces in the Book: A Bridge Between the U.S. and Italy

    To commemorate the Armistice Day Centennial as well as a battle that took place 100 years ago this month, the Museo della Battaglia Vittorio Veneto (Museum of the Battle of Vittorio Veneto) in Italy has created a website called Faces in the Book (facesinthebook.it) which honors the men of ... more

  • The Power of Music: Political Campaign Songs

    With the midterm elections just around the corner, today we’re featuring political and military music in Ohio Memory. A song from George Washington’s second term is generally considered the first political campaign song; in fact, several of the Founding Fathers used songs ... more

  • Ohio’s “Minute Men”: Squirrel Hunters and the Defense of Cincinnati

    Ohioans are familiar with many of the most notable battles of the Civil War–we have learned about Gettysburg, Antietam, Chickamauga and more since we first studied the conflict in school. But have you ever heard of the Squirrel Hunters? In early September of 1862, the Civil War was ... more

  • Our Flag Was Still There: Francis Scott Key and the “Star-Spangled Banner”

    On September 7, 1814, American attorney Francis Scott Key boarded the British ship HMS Tonnant, which was anchored just in the Baltimore harbor, hoping to negotiate the release of prisoners being held during the War of 1812. His negotiations were successful, but his timing – the ... more

  • More News about Newspapers

    Over the past two years, the Ohio History Connection has digitized and added over 100,000 pages of foreign language newspaper content to Chronicling America, where they are freely available and keyword searchable in their original language. Researchers now have access to hundreds of ... more

  • Football, American Style

    College football season is here once again! This week we’re taking a look back at the early days of college football in the United States, including a coaching legend with Ohio ties. North American football has its roots in several types of “football” games played at ... more

  • “The time has come for Art to do its bit in our war”

    As part of the Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I project, a two-year grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio History Connection has digitized archival collections from the Cincinnati Art Museum relating to the Art Academy of ... more

  • “Education is Life:” Back to School (Again) with Ohio Memory

      “Education is not preparation for life: Education is life itself.” – John Dewey (1859-1952)    It’s the middle of August and, for kids all across the country, that means the return to books, lectures, and homework. It’s time for school to ... more