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ODN Item of the Week: Tip Top Weekly

Similar to dime novels but lower priced and targeted for children, nickel weeklies were an extremely popular entertainment in late 19th and early 20th century America. One such series, Tip Top Weekly, introduced the character of Frank Merriwell, who lived on in comics, film, and even a Broadway play, long after the demise of the […]

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ODN Item of the Week: Mockernut Hickory

The leaves may be changing soon, but the College of Wooster’s Herbarium Sheets Collection is available to you all year round, thanks to DPLA. From their site: “The Herbarium Sheets Collection was created and donated by Mary Ronsheim while she was a student at the College of Wooster in 1950. The sheets contain leaves collected […]

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ODN Item of the Week: Photo history of the Toledo Auto-Lite Strike

This week we’ve got labor on our minds, especially the history of labor unions in Ohio. And the best place to start learning more about them is the Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History Room at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Part of TLCPL’s Local History collection, it includes a wide range of materials that document the […]

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ODN Item of the Week: Ohio State School for the Blind

It’s back to school time, so this week, let’s learn about the history of the Ohio State School for the Blind. Established by the State of Ohio in 1837, the Ohio Institution for the Education of the Blind was founded in order to educate any blind students living in the state, and was the first […]

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ODN Item of the Week: Songs Without Words

We’ve talked about Akron and the Ohio Ballet in a previous blog post, but not about the annual Akron Dance Festival, also known as the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Now in its 13th year, the Festival honors the legacy and work of Ohio Ballet’s co-founder, Heinz Poll. Spread out over several weeks of the […]

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