History Within Reach

Founded in 1924, the mission of Summit County Historical Society 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, a 501(c)3 corporation, 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. 

Highlights of our 2017 Annual Report include the Society's work in the following areas:

  • Positioning our properties for the future

 John Brown House restoration and renovations

  • Recognizing our role of all peoples in our region's development

 Northern Cheyenne Nation attendees to North American First People's Day

  • Expanding our educational programming on site

Singing with the Sheep - led by Baldwin Wallace Univeristy music therapy students

  • Maintaining our historic artifacts
  •  Desk of Dr. B.F. Goodrich and other Society artifacts on display