The Mission of the 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.
History is being made every minute. We fulfill our Mission by maintaining a collection of meaningful artifacts, and by recording the
events of the day and the stories of people so that future citizens can interpret the truth of today.
Since the Society acquired the John Brown House in 1943, a significant part of our focus has reflected the famed abolitionist's pursuits of
social liberty and equality for all. Historians that have defined his legacy include the view that he was the first United States citizen
committed to absolute racial equality.
As the local custodians of John Brown's story, the Society recognizes that Black Lives Matter. We value our African American residents and
appreciate their contributions to this community, past and present. We support the calls for racial justice today, and we stand with peaceful
protesters in Akron, Summit County, the State of Ohio, and the United States demanding equality.