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Summit County is the home to many historical museums and properties, many of which are owned and/or operated by local historical societies. Please click on a link on the right side of your screen to find out more information by community.

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Artifacts & Exhibits

Perkins Stone Mansion Tours

We are open for the 2017 tour season! Tours are offered Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4pm. Tour costs: $6.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors and $2 for Children 17 and under. Free for SCHS members.
Sheep have returned to Mutton Hill for the second summer! Visitors are welcome to come see our sheep during business hours. Admission to the grounds (and to see the sheep) is not charged.

Tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House are available Wednesday through Saturday from 1 - 4 p.m from April to December.

The John Brown House features the life of the famed abolitionist and was a site on the Underground Railroad. The John Brown House has recently been designated a Network to Freedom site. Admission costs: Free to Society Members, $6 adults, $4 seniors, $2 students.

Summit County Courthouse Exhibit
This exhibit features information about the history of Summit County and the Summit County Courthouse.

Summit County Courthouse Exhibit

Image courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal

Ohio Building Exhibit
The University of Akron Archival Services recently collaborated with the Summit County Historical Society, the City of Akron, and the Akron Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau to mount an exhibit on Ray C. Bliss and past Republication National Conventions in honor of the 2016 GOP Convention. The exhibit is on display on the fourth floor of the Ohio Building in downtown Akron. Ray Bliss, University of Akron alumnus, former President of the UA Board of Trustees, and namesake of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at UA, was Ohio state and national chairman of the Republican Party for many years. He is best known for helping to rebuild the party after the failed Barry Goldwater campaign of 1964 and getting Richard Nixon elected president in 1968.

Civil War 150 Exhibit at Main Place in Downtown Akron
This exhibit features clothing and musical instruments that date from the Civil War period. It can be viewed on the first floor of the Main Place Building.

Archival Collection
Our extensive collection of photographs and historic documents is housed at the Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Some documents from our collection are available for viewing online at the Summit Memory Project. These items are available for private and professional research and copies of documents are available through Special Collections for a fee. The Summit County Historical Society must approve any reproduction of these items for publication. To view pieces from our archival collection please contact the Special Collections Division at speccollections@akronlibrary.org or 330.643.9030.