Nearly 50,000 new items were made available when the Ohio Memory Project launched a new website. Ohio Memory is a collaborative project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio. The project’s mission is “to provide access to historical treasures of Ohio, bringing together primary sources from all parts of the state.” The focus is on information that celebrates state and local history; encourages cooperation between archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and other cultural organizations; and allows the global community to discover and explore Ohio’s rich past.
You can browse the collections by subject, place, or contributor. You can also search by keywords, exact phrases, or individual words. Browsing under the word actress revealed photographs of Ethel Barrymore as well as the Gish sisters. Marching Bands brought images of musicians from the 1920s to The Ohio State University in the 1960s.
If you have Ohio ancestry, this is a great website for adding social context and history to their lives. You can find out more at www.ohiomemory.org.