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The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio

Mutton Hill Quilt Show

The Society was pleased to present Don and Lisa Drumm with a Summit Award at the preview celebration for the Mutton Hill Quilt Show! Click here to see a video of their life produced by Dave Lieberth, Society Board Chair, and Mosher Media. Thank you to the Betty V. and John M. Jacobson Foundation for their support of this documentary.

Thank you to all who attended the inaugural Mutton Hill Quilt Show! It was a great success thanks in part to the quilt exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, committee members and staff. Click on the image of the Best of Show Quilt by Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger to connect to our Mutton Hill Quilt Show Facebook page to see images and read the stories of the quilts on display in 2015.

THE SUMMIT AWARD is presented by the Summit County Historical Society to distinguished past and present residents who have been recognized nationally for inspirational accomplishments and whose life stories continue to have an impact on the young people of Greater Akron. The award was designed and created by Akron ceramic artists Claudia Zeber-Martell and Michael Martell.

DON DRUMM was born in Warren, Ohio. After studying at Hiram College, he received a BFA and an MA from Kent State University. In 1960 he opened his first studio. In 1971, with Lisa, the couple expanded the studio to incorporate a gallery. Since then the enterprise embraces eight buildings providing gallery facilities for over 500 artists. Drumm pioneered the use of cast aluminum as an artistic medium. He is a pioneer in the use of building materials and techniques for the creation of Arts and crafts. Drumm was the first recipient of the American Institute of Architects "Artist and Craftsman Excellence" award.

LISA DRUMM was born in Erie, Pa. Her father Joseph Plavcan was a highly regarded painter/artist and her mother Catharine was art critic for the Erie Times-News. Lisa received her BA from Ohio Wesleyan, and taught art classes in the Akron Public Schools and at Old Trail School. A fiber artist, she contributed to art and craft books during the macrame craze of the 1960's. Lisa has managed the Drumm Gallery since 1971, and had to navigate obstacles that were constantly placed in front of her because she was a woman in business. Lisa received the Rainmakers Award for achievement in business.

29th OVI Flag Dedication Ceremony

Join us on November 14, 2015 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library for a day of events celebrating the presentation of the restored 29th OVI flag. Reenactors for the 29th OVI have worked for over four years in raising funds to restore the flag, an artifact in the permanent collection of the Ohio History Connection. Click here to see the event announcement for more details or here for a list of 29th OVI soldiers. If you have an ancestor who served in the 29th OVI, please contact before the event.

29th OVI Flag Dedication Information
29th OVI Member List

29th OVI Picture

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.