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Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio

Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio

Founded in 1924, the mission of the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio (SCHS) 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. In addition to owning and managing the Simon Perkins Stone Mansion, the home of Akrons founding family; the John Brown House, home of the internationally recognized abolitionist; and the Old Stone School in downtown Akron, the Society protects our local history by preserving thousands of artifacts, books, photographs, and documents. We also create interactive programs for children and adults, helping to bring history alive again. SCHS is a member-supported 501(c)3 corporation.

Building Summit County Collection

Over 500 images selected from the Summit County Historical Society's photograph holdings. These images show the homes and businesses of our growing communities, as well as the distructive power of fires and floods on those communities.

Civil War Collection

Includes documents and images for the Civil War era related to Summit County residents such as General Alvin Coe Voris and John Brown.

Pockrandt Collection

Over fifty photographs that showcase Akron's history over numerous decades. The earliest images in the collection date back to the late nineteenth century and the most recent images are from the 1960s and 1970s. While the collection consists mostly of photographs within the city limits of Akron, there are several other locations including Stow, Bath, Green and Springfield. There are images of buildings, people, parades, rubber companies and construction of parts of downtown Akron that are easily recognized today.

Samuel Shepard Collection

Images of Samuel Shepard, publisher of The Informer, an African-American newspaper in Akron during the 1950s, as well as numerous issues of The Informer.

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