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Summit County

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 and John Brown House
We will reopen for tours on April 4, 2018. The cost for self guided tours is $8 for adults and $2 for students. Self guided tours are available Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4pm. The cost for guided tours is $12. Guided tours are now by appointment only.

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 or 330.643.9030.