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ODN Item of the Week: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Founded at Cornell University in 1906 with a Kent State University chapter taking shape in 1958, Alpha Phi Alpha is the first African American focused intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity. Its founders are known as the Seven Jewels, and its aims are “Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind”. The fraternity has been open to men of […]

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ODN Item of the Week: The Norwester

This week’s item is the February 1920 issue of the Norwester, a community magazine for the Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, and Marble Cliff neighborhoods, just north and west of downtown Columbus. From the UA Archives site: “Read about Upper Arlington’s residents and daily life during our community’s founding. The Norwester magazine was published monthly from […]

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ODN Item of the Week: Interview with Olympic medalist Carol Heiss Jenkins

Carol Heiss Jenkins is a Cleveland resident who won both gold and silver medals for figure skating, along with 5 World Championships and 4 U.S. Championships. Through the 1950s, and known as Carol Heiss, she dominated the world figure skating scene – even becoming the first woman ever to land a double axel, in 1953. […]

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ODN Item of the Week: Masjid-e-Jameh (Friday Mosque)

Masjid-e-Jamehm, in Isfahan, is one of the oldest mosques in Iran. Construction began on it sometime around 771 and continued through the 20th century. That’s 12 centuries of the history of Iran condensed into one building – amazing! Having served many community and religious purposes during that time and still today, Masjid-e-Jamehm is also a UNESCO […]

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ODN Item of the Week: Locomotives

This week we’re reading about Morgan Engineering, in business for over 150 years and located in Alliance, Ohio. Thomas Rees Morgan immigrated to the United States in 1865 and moved his iron shop to Alliance in 1871. Morgan Engineering became known around the world for building the first overhead electric traveling crane, and for many other […]

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