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The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio

Founded in 1924, the mission of Summit County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 corporation, 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 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. Two of the properties are open to visitors, the John Brown Home and the Perkins Stone Mansion. The Summit County Historical Society is a member of the Akron Area Arts Alliance, The Ohio Local History Alliance, and The American Association for State and Local History.

The information for the August 25 Market District History Hike can be found in the News and Events section of our website.

History Within Reach

John Brown Open House

The John Brown Open House originally scheduled for Thursday, February 19 has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 26 from 4-6 p.m.

2015 Women's History Project

Please consider nominating a colleague, friend, mother, sister or daughter for a 2015 "Woman of the Year" Award through the Women's History Project of the Akron Area, now a program of the Summit County Historical Society. Applications are due by February 7th for consideration at this year's March recognition luncheon. Click here to download the nomination form. The program from the 2014 Woman of the Year Awards is available here.

Did You Know?

Did you know that one of Frederick Douglass' most recognized images was photographed here in Akron? The date of this event commemorates the passing of this great orator in 1895.

During the canal era, children of the canal boat captain would only attend school when the water was frozen in the winter months. They also went ice skating on the travel route which is something we can do along the canal at Lock 3 park in downtown Akron close to the Old Stone School. This building is a reminder of a past time when local residents worked together to convince the community to provide free public education for children regardless of their financial status. It was a concept copied at the state and national levels.

Education is the core of the mission of The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio. For 90 years, the Society has been preserving and interpreting the rich history of Akron and Summit County to educate generations of children and adults. Formed in 1924 by the Cuyahoga-Portage Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) in anticipation of Akron's centennial the next year, the Society's board, staff and volunteers continue to fulfill the important role in our community as we look toward Akron's 200th anniversary in 2025.