Hower House Museum - The University of Akron

Hower House Museum - The University of Akron This an 1871 Victorian Mansion House Museum built by John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower that contains 28 rooms filled with treasures collected from around the world.
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Tours will resume Wednesday August 11th. Hower House was completed in 1871 as the new home for wealthy industrialist John Henry Hower, his wife Susan Youngker and their three sons. Hower was active in milling, reaping and the cereal industry. He and Akron architect Jacob Snyder designed this house in the Second Empire Italianate style with a unique floor plan based upon the “Akron Plan” used natio

Tours will resume Wednesday August 11th. Hower House was completed in 1871 as the new home for wealthy industrialist John Henry Hower, his wife Susan Youngker and their three sons. Hower was active in milling, reaping and the cereal industry. He and Akron architect Jacob Snyder designed this house in the Second Empire Italianate style with a unique floor plan based upon the “Akron Plan” used natio

Operating as usual

NEW TIMES!!! SAME DATE!!!We are looking forward to this collaboration with Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akro...
07/13/2021
NEW TIMES! Mr. Hower’s Neighborhood Walking Tour - Sunday, July 18, 2021

NEW TIMES!!! SAME DATE!!!
We are looking forward to this collaboration with Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron.

Tour start times are now at 2:00PM and 2:45PM PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE NEW TIMES TO ACCOMADATE OUR GROUP AT THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Hower House Mu

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06/10/2021
HHM VOLUNTEER & MEMBERS ONLY OPEN HOUSES REMINDER

Have you checked this out?

June Dates VOLUNTEER & MEMBERS ONLY OPEN HOUSES REMINDER Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16; 12pm – 3pm Please call ahead and reserve your preferred time. Reservations are for 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Please call

We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the Akron Municipal Court in August!
05/06/2021

We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the Akron Municipal Court in August!

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04/30/2021

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04/05/2021
Rethinking Race Part 6 A History of Domestic Service

Final segment for this 'backstairs' tour series!

In collaboration with the annual University of Akron Rethinking Race initiative, join us for a special ‘backstairs’ tour series of the servants’ spaces at the Hower House and the history of domestic serive, led by literary historian, Tine Hreno.

After all the series segments have posted, we will be planning an online question and answer event hosted by Tine Hreno.

#BlackHistoryMonth #CollectiveCommunityUAkron #UAArtsandCultureCouncil #UAACC
#HowerHouseMuseum

03/26/2021
UA's Rethinking Race - Hower House Museum: A History of Domestic Service Part 5

Join us each Friday for through the end of March as we post a new segment!

In collaboration with the annual University of Akron Rethinking Race initiative, join us for a special ‘backstairs’ tour series of the servants’ spaces at the Hower House and the history of domestic serive, led by literary historian, Tine Hreno.

After all the series segments have posted, we will be planning an online question and answer event hosted by Tine Hreno.

#BlackHistoryMonth #CollectiveCommunityUAkron #UAArtsandCultureCouncil #UAACC
#HowerHouseMuseum

This is shared from the Akron Ohio Historical Buildings page: Many Group members have lamented the loss of a local histo...
03/25/2021
Save Historic St. Paul's, organized by ProgressThrough Preservation

This is shared from the Akron Ohio Historical Buildings page: Many Group members have lamented the loss of a local historic structure after it's gone, wondering what could have been done. Here's your chance to make a difference. The article notes that Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron set up a GoFundMe page for the effort:

Want to join us in making a difference? We're raising money to benefit Progress … ProgressThrough Preservation needs your support for Save Historic St. Paul's

03/19/2021
UA's Rethinking Race - Hower House Museum: A History of Domestic Service Part 4

Join us each Friday for through the end of March as we post a new segment!

In collaboration with the annual University of Akron Rethinking Race initiative, join us for a special ‘backstairs’ tour series of the servants’ spaces at the Hower House and the history of domestic serive, led by literary historian, Tine Hreno.

After all the series segments have posted, we will be planning an online question and answer event hosted by Tine Hreno.

#BlackHistoryMonth #CollectiveCommunityUAkron #UAArtsandCultureCouncil #UAACC
#HowerHouseMuseum

03/12/2021
UA's Rethinking Race - Hower House Museum: A History of Domestic Service Part 3

Join us each Friday for through the end of March as we post a new segment!
In collaboration with the annual University of Akron Rethinking Race initiative, join us for a special ‘backstairs’ tour series of the servants’ spaces at the Hower House and the history of domestic serive, led by literary historian, Tine Hreno.
After all the series segments have posted, we will be planning an online question and answer event hosted by Tine Hreno.
#BlackHistoryMonth #CollectiveCommunityUAkron #UAArtsandCultureCouncil #UAACC
#HowerHouseMuseum

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03/08/2021

Happy #InternationalWomensHistoryDay (and #WomensHistoryMonth)!

Women's History is Akron history. Mary Paul (pictured left) was the 1st woman elected to public office in Summit County, serving as county recorder from 1913-1925. She even ran for mayor in 1929, but withdrew after failing to receive the endorsement of the Beacon Journal. Paul went on to work with the Works Progress Administration under President Roosevelt’s New Deal Cultural Program.

Pictured center, Mary Holmes helped establish the NAACP in Akron in 1918. She worked as a housing adviser for Summit County Community Action Council, and served as the Akron president of the NAACP from 1962-64.

Pictured right, Blanche Eugenie Bruot Hower became president of the Akron-Selle Company after her husband’s death in 1916. Hower was a life-long member of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association, was a staunch advocate for education, serving on the Akron Board of Education, and went on to serve as an Ohio State Representative in 1935. And yes, you can visit her home in Akron, the Hower House Museum - The University of Akron.

Want to meet more the extraordinary women who helped make Akron what it is today? The University of Akron, the Akron Women's History Project and the Summit County Historical Society partnered to create this fascinating website with tons of Akron women's history for you to explore: https://blogs.uakron.edu/womenshistory/

03/05/2021
UA's Rethinking Race - Hower House Museum: A History of Domestic Service Part 2

Join us each Friday for through the end of March as we post a new segment!

In collaboration with the annual University of Akron Rethinking Race initiative, join us for a special ‘backstairs’ tour series of the servants’ spaces at the Hower House and the history of domestic serive, led by literary historian, Tine Hreno.

After all the series segments have posted, we will be planning an online question and answer event hosted by Tine Hreno.

#BlackHistoryMonth #CollectiveCommunityUAkron #UAArtsandCultureCouncil #UAACC
#HowerHouseMuseum

02/26/2021
The University of Akron - Rethinking Race - Hower House Museum: The History of Domestic Service Part 1

In collaboration with the annual University of Akron Rethinking Race initiative, join us for a special ‘backstairs’ tour series of the servants’ spaces at the Hower House and the history of domestic serive, led by literary historian, Tine Hreno.

Join us each Friday for the next four weeks as we post a new segment. After all the series segments have posted, we will be planning an online question and answer event hosted by Tine Hreno.

#RethinkingRace#BlackHistoryMonth #CollectiveCommunityUAkron #UAArtsandCultureCouncil #UAACC

Happy Birthday John Henry Hower!John Henry Hower was born February 22, 1822, in New Berlin, Ohio.  He lived in Stark Cou...
02/22/2021

Happy Birthday John Henry Hower!

John Henry Hower was born February 22, 1822, in New Berlin, Ohio. He lived in Stark County for many years, holding various positions: working in the family sawmill, as a school teacher, then later moving to Wayne County where he become co-owner of the Graham & Hower Mercantile then sole proprietor of the Hower Pottery, both concerns located in Doylestown, Ohio.

Throughout his life, Mr. Hower was known and respected for his dedicated work ethic. His partnership with the J.F. Seiberling Company led him to move his young family to Akron in 1865, where he would become known as the “Father of Akron Industry,” establishing the Excelsior Mower & Reaper manufacturing plant, the first large-scale factory near downtown Akron.

His vision for what the city could—and did become—is well worth noting. Mr. Hower and his family would continue to invest time and money into the city where they would make their home for over 100 years, surviving the economic ups and downs of the times while owning and operating many businesses for generations.

In 1870, John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower began building their new home, an impressive 28-room mansion on Fir Hill, a street that would eventually be known as the “Gold Coast” among the earliest of Akron’s wealthy neighborhoods.

John Henry Hower continued to reside in Akron until his death in 1916 at the age of 94. He is buried next to his first wife, Susan Youngker Hower, in the Historic Glendale Cemetery in Akron.

Happy Birthday John Henry Hower!

John Henry Hower was born February 22, 1822, in New Berlin, Ohio. He lived in Stark County for many years, holding various positions: working in the family sawmill, as a school teacher, then later moving to Wayne County where he become co-owner of the Graham & Hower Mercantile then sole proprietor of the Hower Pottery, both concerns located in Doylestown, Ohio.

Throughout his life, Mr. Hower was known and respected for his dedicated work ethic. His partnership with the J.F. Seiberling Company led him to move his young family to Akron in 1865, where he would become known as the “Father of Akron Industry,” establishing the Excelsior Mower & Reaper manufacturing plant, the first large-scale factory near downtown Akron.

His vision for what the city could—and did become—is well worth noting. Mr. Hower and his family would continue to invest time and money into the city where they would make their home for over 100 years, surviving the economic ups and downs of the times while owning and operating many businesses for generations.

In 1870, John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower began building their new home, an impressive 28-room mansion on Fir Hill, a street that would eventually be known as the “Gold Coast” among the earliest of Akron’s wealthy neighborhoods.

John Henry Hower continued to reside in Akron until his death in 1916 at the age of 94. He is buried next to his first wife, Susan Youngker Hower, in the Historic Glendale Cemetery in Akron.

History of Valentines SeriesPart5#CultureAsCommunity#UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum
02/12/2021
History of Valentines Series

History of Valentines SeriesPart5#CultureAsCommunity#UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum

Part 5: The Thrill of Receiving a Valentine Leading up to Valentines Day 2021 we will be sharing some interesting history on valentines compiled by Linda Bussey. Part 5 The Thrill of Receiving a Valen

History of Valentines Series Part 4#CultureAsCommunity #UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum
02/11/2021
History of Valentines Series

History of Valentines Series Part 4#CultureAsCommunity #UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum

Part 3: When in doubt, resort to humor and whimsy! Leading up to Valentines Day 2021 we will be sharing some interesting history on valentines compiled by Linda Bussey. Part 4 Lavish and Elaborate Mes

History of Valentines Series Part 3 #CultureAsCommunity#UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum
02/10/2021
History of Valentines Series

History of Valentines Series Part 3 #CultureAsCommunity#UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum

Part 3: When in doubt, resort to humor and whimsy! Leading up to Valentines Day 2021 we will be sharing some interesting history on valentines compiled by Linda Bussey. Part 3 When in doubt, resort to

History of Valentines Series: Part 2#CultureAsCommunity#UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum
02/09/2021
History of Valentines Series

History of Valentines Series: Part 2#CultureAsCommunity#UAartsandculture#HowerHouseMuseum

Part 2 Leading up to Valentines Day 2021 we will be sharing some interesting history on valentines compiled by Linda Bussey. Part 2 Why were valentines so popular? The ‘Golden Age’ of valentines occur

History of Valentines Series - Part 1: European Valentines and Early Production in the U.S.
02/08/2021
History of Valentines Series

History of Valentines Series - Part 1: European Valentines and Early Production in the U.S.

Part 1 European Valentines and Early Production in the U.S. Leading up to Valentines Day 2021 we will be sharing some interesting history on valentines compiled by Linda Bussey. Sweet, lovely, clever,

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Throughout her life, Jean was an avid philanthropist, dog lover, and skilled equestrian, receiving many trophies for her...
11/18/2020

Throughout her life, Jean was an avid philanthropist, dog lover, and skilled equestrian, receiving many trophies for her riding abilities. In addition, Jean was an experienced world traveler; she began traveling at a young age with her parents, then with her favorite auntie, Grace Hower Crawford and Uncle John Crawford.

She actively supported charities such as Meals-on-Wheels, and volunteered at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Society of the Blind. Jean is remembered as being a feisty, outspoken, long-time supporter of the Hower House Museum and The University of Akron.

In 2004 Jean Hower Taber received an honorary doctorate from The University of Akron.

Dr. Jean Hower Taber passed away on July 27, 2017. She is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Throughout her life, Jean was an avid philanthropist, dog lover, and skilled equestrian, receiving many trophies for her riding abilities. In addition, Jean was an experienced world traveler; she began traveling at a young age with her parents, then with her favorite auntie, Grace Hower Crawford and Uncle John Crawford.

She actively supported charities such as Meals-on-Wheels, and volunteered at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Society of the Blind. Jean is remembered as being a feisty, outspoken, long-time supporter of the Hower House Museum and The University of Akron.

In 2004 Jean Hower Taber received an honorary doctorate from The University of Akron.

Dr. Jean Hower Taber passed away on July 27, 2017. She is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.

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#UAartsandculture
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60 Fir Hill
Akron, OH
44304

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Wednesday 12pm - 3pm
Saturday 12pm - 3pm

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(330) 972-6909

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Hower House was completed in 1871 as the new home for wealthy industrialist John Henry Hower, his wife Susan Youngker and their three sons. Hower was active in milling, reaping and the cereal industry. He and Akron architect Jacob Snyder designed this house in the Second Empire Italianate style with a unique floor plan based upon the “Akron Plan” used nationally in churches and Sunday Schools beginning in the late 1800s. This 28-room mansion is capped with a mansard roof and soaring tower and filled with distinctive treasurers and furnishings collected from around the world. In 1901 Milton Otis Hower—the Hower middle son—along with his wife Blanche Bruot and their two children, Grace and John, came to live in the house. Meanwhile the elderly Mr. Hower and his second wife moved to a smaller home nearby. Blanche upgraded the look and technology of the house and continued to live in the house even after her beloved Milton Otis Hower died in 1916. Some years later Grace Hower and her husband John Crawford moved into Hower House with Blanche. The house was occupied by the Hower family for 100 years before it was deeded to The University of Akron in 1970. Today Hower House remains one of the best preserved examples of its style in the country, a lasting symbol of a bygone era of elegance. It is supported by private donations, the Hower House Museum Guild (HHMG), and The University of Akron. Visitors are welcome to view the unique architecture and rare treasures of this National Historic Landmark eleven months of the year. Closed in January. Guided tours: Wednesday – Saturday, noon until 3:00 pm; last tour begins one half hour before closing. Carriage House open select days April – October. Call for holiday hours and additional tour times November—December.

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