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January 18, 2024

Yours Respectfully, Miss Elvira Johnson

By Wendy Korwin, Archives Services Manager Within large archival collections, certain names and voices stand out. From 2021-2023, archivists at the Ohio History Connection worked to catalog President Warren G. Harding’s papers and photographs. During this project, we identified thousands of correspondents (another blog post explores some of Harding's early letters). There were close, distant […]

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September 11, 2023

Recent Acquisition: Scrapbooks of Cleveland’s First Female Laywer

Nearly a decade before women had the right to vote, Handrick became the first woman to pass the bar and establish a legal practice in Cleveland.

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May 9, 2023

The Power of Protest Music

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April 14, 2023

Women’s History Month at the Ohio History Center

Included with general museum admission. Learn about some of Ohio’s famous females through tours, activities, and film screenings and explore the important role women have had in the shaping of Ohio.   Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.–Documentary Screening Sat., Mar. 2 at 1 p.m.–Women’s History Tour Sat., Mar. 9 & 16 at 11 a.m. […]

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February 10, 2023

Celebrating Ohio’s Jazz Icons during Black History Month

By Jack Marchbanks Ohio is well known as the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland. Buckeye State-born recording artists such as Bobby Womack, the Isley Brothers, the Ohio Players, Rick Derringer, Johnny Paycheck, Vince Gill, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, have topped […]

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August 5, 2022

New Acquisition of Kenyon Hayden Architecture Portfolio

By Lisa Wood, Audiovisual Curator The Ohio History Connection Archives & Library recently received the generous donation of a student portfolio by Kenyon Hayden. She studied architecture at The Ohio State University and became, if not the first, one of the earliest licensed female architects in Ohio. This portfolio complements the personal papers of Kenyon […]

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June 22, 2022

Cassie Chadwick: The Female Wizard of Finance

Cassie L. Chadwick, “the World’s Greatest Woman Swindler,” was one of the most skilled con artists in Ohio history. In this blog post, Quincy Balius dives into her story.

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May 2, 2022

Raising the Bar: The Columbus Pacesetters

Women have played football in Ohio for decades. In 1965, women’s football teams from Akron and Cleveland began playing games across the Midwest.

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February 2, 2022

Queens of the Heartland

Exhibit • Queens of the Heartland National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce One of Ohio’s greatest legacies is a story rarely told. Since the 1800s, Ohio was at the heart of social change led by African American women. Not only was it was the first free state established from the Northwest Territory, but it […]

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January 5, 2022

Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Tyrell, writer, suffragist and Black activist, attended Oberlin College and taught at Wilberforce University before beginning her lifelong campaign of tireless activism