Posted on February 20th, 2015 by speccollections
In June 2015, Hardesty Park and Main Library will be the sites of an exciting week of learning and entertainment as Akron hosts Ohio Chautauqua 2015. During the week of June 23 – June 28, our community will have the opportunity to experience the “Journey Stories” of some of history’s most compelling historic figures. All area residents are invited to join us in Ohio Chautauqua’s iconic red and white striped tent to be erected under the trees of Hardesty Park.
A project of Ohio Humanities, Ohio Chautauqua 2015 will explore the transformative journeys taken by a variety of historic figures. Journey Stories will showcase Titanic survivor Edith Russell, Indian captive Olive Ann Oatman, philosopher Henry David Thoreau, Forty-niner J. Goldsborough Bruff, and Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each evening’s presentation by actor/scholars will be preceded by a musical performance by some of our community’s finest musical artists including Valerie and David Mayfield, Rachel Roberts, Alex Bevan, Boy=Girl featuring Jennifer Maurer and Paul Kovak, and The LeGrair Brothers. During the day, audiences are invited to Main Library explore more aspects of each theme by attending hands-on workshops for children and special adult programs presented by the scholars. All events are free, and registration is not required. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click HERE.
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Posted on February 4th, 2015 by speccollections
On Saturday, August 22, Special Collections, in collaboration with the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, will present genealogist James Beidler and Discovering Your German Ancestors. This all-day program will include sessions on German migration, church records, online research, tips for understanding the German language, and how to to discover your ancestor’s home village. We hope you will join us for this FREE program. For session descriptions, click HERE. If you’re interested in registering, please call the Special Collections Division: 330-643-9030 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on January 20th, 2015 by speccollections
This year’s OGS conference will take place April 9-11 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel. If you haven’t attended an OGS conference, it’s a terrific event with dozens of sessions on topics of every imaginable aspect of genealogical research. Special Collections has conference booklets, but you can also view the complete schedule here.
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Posted on January 15th, 2015 by speccollections
On March 15, 1965, Akron residents, students, and clergy marched 19 blocks – from Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Bartges Street to City Hall. Organized by the Committee for Justice and Equality, and in sympathy with civil rights marchers in Alabama, the march was peaceful, ending with prayer and the singing of “We Shall Overcome.” This photograph was taken by local African American photographer, Opie Evans. Additional photographs of the march, along with 124 more photographs of Akron’s African American community taken by Mr. Evans may be seen on Summit Memory. These photographs were contributed by Archival Services, University of Akron.
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Posted on January 15th, 2015 by speccollections
All Library locations will be closed Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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Posted on December 29th, 2014 by speccollections
Special Collections staff and volunteers have contributed over 418,000 Akron Beacon Journal obituary entries to the Hayes Ohio Obituary Index since joining the project in early 2013. Akron-Summit County Public Library is one of 63 partner libraries adding to the index created by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. The index includes over 3,000,000 entries from participating libraries.
While current Akron Beacon Journal
obituaries have been entered daily since early 2013, staff and volunteers also continue to index death notices of past decades. The completed Akron Beacon Journal years are: 1841-1889, 1891-1893, 1898-1902, 1940-1961, and 1980-1983.
Volunteers are needed to help index the incomplete years. Training is provided, and volunteers can work from home. If you would like to help with this project, contact Cheri Goldner in Special Collections at 330-643-9030 or email@example.com.
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Posted on December 16th, 2014 by speccollections
Misplaced the recipe for sauerkraut balls that was in the Akron Beacon Journal in 1973? Find it now through our online Polly Paffilas recipe index.
In 2002, Akron Beacon Journal reporter, food writer and women’s page editor Polly Paffilas donated 18 boxes of recipes on index cards. Some of the 5000 recipes are from her own collection, and others contributed by readers during the period from 1959 – 1980. Our Science and Technology Division created a searchable database for each of the nearly 5,000 recipes in the collection which may be searched by keyword or ingredient. Once you find the recipe you are seeking, contact Special Collections. We will happily make a copy and mail or email it to you.
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Posted on December 15th, 2014 by speccollections
The Winter issue of our quarterly newsletter Past Pursuits is now available on our Newsletters page. Included in this issue are articles about our new Akron Beacon Journal Photograph Archives collection on Summit Memory, online genealogy resources for Kentucky, and preservation tips for digitizing family photographs. Our regular “Getting to Know…” series spotlighting notable Akron and Summit County residents features Fran Murphey, longtime Akron Beacon Journal reporter and columnist.
If you would like to receive Past Pursuits by email, please contact us at 330-643-9030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on December 4th, 2014 by speccollections
Just added to Summit Memory: 470 photographs of Akron and Summit County, Ohio, from the archives of the Akron Beacon Journal. Contributed through a partnership between the Akron Beacon Journal and the Akron-Summit County Public Library, the collection will include 5,000 unique historic photographs once completed in late 2015. This 1946 photo of the Akron Bears Football team is just a sample of what is included in the paper’s historical photo archive. We will be adding photos regularly, so check back often.
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Posted on November 21st, 2014 by speccollections
Each spring students throughout the country participate in National History Day, a round of scholarly competitions featuring papers, presentations, websites and other types of projects focused on a particular theme. Local contest winners are advanced to the state level, and state level winners compete in the national contest held in Washington, DC.
Summit County is part of Ohio’s District 3 contest, to be held at Case Western Reserve University on March 28, 2015. To help Summit County students with their History Day projects, we’ve created an Ohio History Day page listing suggested project topics and resources we carry related to those topics. If you’re a teacher or student participating in History Day, be sure to take a look at what we have to offer.
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