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Sheep Graze Again At Perkins Mansion

The Society's board of directors in May approved a proposal to return a flock of Dorset sheep to the grounds of the Perkins mansion this summer. "It will be the first time in a century that the home of Akron's founding family will see the return of the animal that first made Simon Perkins and John Brown famous," says Society chairman Dave Lieberth. The proposal calls for the demonstration project to be underway by the Society's annual Family Fun Day, Saturday, July 16, and continue through August or later, depending on weather and grazing conditions.

"Mutton Hill" is the name that residents of 19th century Akron gave to Perkins' 150-acre farm, known for its 1,500 sheep that were reputed to produce some of the finest wool in the world. The Society is collaborating with The Spicy Lamb Farm of Peninsula to bring the sheep to the mansion grounds. Owner Laura DeYoung Minnig, who is also the Executive Director of Urban Shepherds, says "I'm excited to promote urban sheep grazing as a cost-saving and environmental alternative to mowing, while educating youth and recruiting future shepherds."

Society Endowment Fund Gets New Leadership

Dave Lieberth, Society board chair, is pleased to report that Akron Community Foundation is now the administrator of the Summit County Historical Society Endowment Fund. This move concludes almost a year of deliberation by your board of directors, and positions the Society to build our endowment in the future.

He was president of the Society in 1983 when John Tormey first suggested the need for an endowment fund. Dave was 36 years old, and Tormey was the retired chairman of Roadway Express. Behind his gruff exterior, John had a real passion for the Society and its pursuit of preserving local history. With long-time community activist Kathryn Hunter we raised $435,000 and in 1984 placed the funds with the First National Bank of Akron. Over 31 years over one million dollars has been returned to the Society in operating funds. Moving the fund to Akron Community Foundation recognizes a role it now plays in the community that was not available in 1984. ACF has 450 separate funds with a capitalization of almost $200 million, and has an excellent record of performance. Its website provides a link that we will share with fund holders who have opportunities for making charitable investments.

Summit County Historical Society Endowment Fund

2017 Events

For community events, please visit the 'Visit Us' section of our website.

Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House Tours
Tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion and the John Brown House are available Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4 pm. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for students. The cost is inclusive of both houses.

October 24
Day Away Tour 7:30am-5:30pm Reservations Required
This year, the Society will host a visit to the Ohio State House, the Kelton House, and the North Market in Columbus. We will depart Akron at 8:00 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. The price will be $65.00 per person, with lunch on your own in the historic North Market.
The Greek Revival style Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 after 22 years of construction. Restored to its original grandeur in 1996, the Statehouse is filled with priceless, amazing, historic art.
Established in 1876, the North Market is Columbus' only remaining true public market. The Market provides an international selection of freshly prepared foods, authentic ethnic specialties, distinctive gifts and personable service from its merchant owner operators.
Built in 1852 by Fernando Cortez and Sophia Stone Kelton, the House has been preserved with Kelton family Victorian treasures from the 1800s. The Kelton House Museum & Garden interprets urban life and the decorative arts in Columbus, Ohio during the second half of the 19th century.

October 27
Psychic Paranormal Tours 6:30 PM & 8:15 PM Reservations Required

November 3
True Crime Tour 6:30 - 8:30 PM Reservations Required
True Crime Tour

November 4
Psychic Readings with Laura Lyn in Honor of Day of the Dead $60 per person for 1/2 hour reading Reservations required

November 25 - December 22
Holiday Tours at PSM Wednesday - Saturday 1-4 PM $6 per person

December 21
Winter Solstice - Paranormal Event Laura Lyn readings (15min. separate cost) Admission Charged

Paranormal Pizza Party and Murder Mystery Dinners
Book the Perkins Stone Mansion for your own private party for a night of fun, dining and entertainment. Prices vary and events can accommodate from 8-30 people.

Past Events

To view the video honoring Summit Award winners, Don and Lisa Drumm, please click here.

Summit County 175

Summit County 175

29th OVI Flag Dedication Ceremony

Reenactors from the 29th OVI have worked for over four years to raise funds to restore the 29th OVI flag, an artifact in the permanent collection of the Ohio History Connection. On November 14, 2015 there was a day of events celebrating the presentation of the restored 29th OVI flag at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Click below for a list of 29th OVI soldiers. If you have an ancestor who served in the 29th OVI, please contact 29thovicog@gmail.com before the event.

29th OVI Member List

29th OVI Picture

History Within Reach

The Ohio War of 1812 Grave Index is available here.

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