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The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio

History Within Reach

Founded in 1924, the mission of Summit County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 corporation, is to preserve and interpret the history of Summit County and Akron, and to educate regional communities about the people and events that have shaped our rich history. The Society owns and manages several properties including the Perkins Stone Mansion, home of Akron's founding family; John Brown House, home of the internationally recognized abolitionist; and Old Stone School in downtown Akron - a partnership with Akron Public Schools. Two of the properties are open to visitors, the John Brown Home and the Perkins Stone Mansion. The Summit County Historical Society is a member of the Akron Area Arts Alliance, The Ohio Local History Alliance, and The American Association for State and Local History.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that one of Frederick Douglass' most recognized images was photographed here in Akron? The date of this event commemorates the passing of this great orator in 1895.

During the canal era, children of the canal boat captain would only attend school when the water was frozen in the winter months. They also went ice skating on the travel route which is something we can do along the canal at Lock 3 park in downtown Akron close to the Old Stone School. This building is a reminder of a past time when local residents worked together to convince the community to provide free public education for children regardless of their financial status. It was a concept copied at the state and national levels.

Education is the core of the mission of The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio. For 91 years, the Society has been preserving and interpreting the rich history of Akron and Summit County to educate generations of children and adults. Formed in 1924 by the Cuyahoga-Portage Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) in anticipation of Akron's centennial the next year, the Society's board, staff and volunteers continue to fulfill the important role in our community as we look toward Akron's 200th anniversary in 2025.