The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio -
History Within Reach
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.
Celebrating 90 Years!
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.
Now Accepting Nominations!
Please click here to download the Woman of the Year Award nomination form for the Women's History Project of the Akron Area, a program of The Summit County Historical Society. The nomination deadline is January 24, 2014. A list of previous honorees is available here for review.
The Summit County Historical Society and Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron encourage homeowners and businesses to nominate their recently renovated or restored structures (between 2004 and 2014) for an Architectural Heritage Award. Download the application here and return by February 14, 2014. A celebration of the winners will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Austen BioInnovation in Akron.
History Within Reach
The Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House are closed until spring except for special events.
Visit the John Brown House on February 5 or 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. as part of the Rethinking Race program hosted by The University of Akron. The City of Akron will be providing free trolley service. Call SCHS for more details at 330.535.1120.
Thursday, February 20th 4 - 6 p.m. FREE OPEN HOUSE br> Black History Month Event: Visit the John Brown House to learn more about John Brown's life in Akron and Summit County along with his role in the Underground Railroad, abolitionism and goal to end slavery.John Brown lived the largest portion of his life in and near Summit County, Ohio. Join us during Black History month to learn more about this local resident who made it his mission to end slavery in the United States.
The Ohio War of 1812 Grave Index is available here.