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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.

Celebrating 90 Years!

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 90 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.

The Women's History Project of the Akron Area

The Women's History Project of the Akron Area Congratulates the following ladies on receiving a "Woman of the Year Award"

Ophelia Overitt - Pioneer
Rachel Breece - Creativity
Laraine Duncan - Imagination
Terry Kyser - Inspiration
Diane Miller-Dawson - Integrity
Nicole Mullet - Woman-to-Watch
Nellie D. Gillespie Shawl - Posthumous
Sr. Patricia Marie Sigler, O.P. - Faith
Chris Yuhasz - Courage

The Women's History Project luncheon set for Wednesday, March 26th is sold out. Details about each of the award winners will be featured on our Facebook page after the event. Please consider nominating a lady that makes a difference in our community. Click here for the 2015 nomination form. Past recipients are available here.

History Within Reach

The Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House are closed until spring except for special events.

The Ohio War of 1812 Grave Index is available here.