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It’s Women’s Equality Day, the day Congress ratified the 19th amendment.On Sunday, Sept. 19, the Summit County Historica...
08/26/2021

It’s Women’s Equality Day, the day Congress ratified the 19th amendment.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, the Summit County Historical Society is hosting the “Sweet Sounds of Equality” Concert on the grounds of the John Brown House at 514 Diagonal Road in Akron. The program is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

Singer/Songwriter/Akron Fan Favorite Anne E. DeChant will headline the concert.

For those who have missed Anne E.’s high powered, kickin’ outdoor concerts, here’s your chance to celebrate equality AND hear the woman who puts her own spin on equality and feminism.

Anne E. is a five-time winner of Cleveland’s Singer-Songwriter of the year and was also a finalist at the 2020 Kerrville Songwriter Competition. She has performed with Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Don Henry and Travis Meadows.

She’s performed at many venues from Bluebird Café, The Bitter End to the Clinton White House. But few venues can compare to the historical importance of the John Brown House, a site on the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Residing in Nashville, Anne E. has nine studio album releases. Anne E. released her first 'best of' record, "Every Little Everything" in 2020, fan funded and Nashville produced by Mike Severs. Her 2017 fan-funded release, “The Sun Coming In”, climbed to #6 on the Roots Music Report’s national chart, and its first single “Sunday Morning Drive,” to #1.

And that’s why, friends, Anne E. is coming to town, to celebrate Equality and Freedom.

Buy your tickets now on EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=167080978705

Help support the Sojourner Truth statue/plaza and John Brown House because that’s what you do on Women’s Equality Day! (A donation will be made to the Sojourner Truth Statue Project from a portion of the proceeds of the event.)

We are so excited to have Akron’s own JT’s Electrik Blackout as part of the Sweet Sounds of Equality line-up! Did you he...
08/26/2021
Caffeine Rage performed by JT’s Electrik Blackout

We are so excited to have Akron’s own JT’s Electrik Blackout as part of the Sweet Sounds of Equality line-up!

Did you hear the way the bass supported @justintibbs saxophone?
🎷 🎶

Presale tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sweet-sounds-of-equality-concert-tickets-167080978705

JT’s Electrik Blackout live at Canton Symphony Divergent Sounds EventJustin Tibbs - SaxophoneAndru Dennis - KeysJared Lees - BassHolbrook Riles III - Drums C...

The emcee for The Sweet Sounds of Equality benefit concert is Akron Ohio's own Mike "MaxHeat" Mosley. Mike is the Direct...
08/24/2021

The emcee for The Sweet Sounds of Equality benefit concert is Akron Ohio's own Mike "MaxHeat" Mosley.

Mike is the Director of Operations, Audio Engineer, Webmaster, Host, Remix Specialist, Motivational Speaker, Philanthropist, Songwriter, Vocalist, Lyricist, Radio Program Director, Audio Producer, Party DJ, On Air Personality and the lead performer for Millennium Music Mission (M3) Records (Ohio)!

This is Mike’s first, of hopefully many collaborations with the Society!

Mike is also the co-founder of M3 Records and the internationally syndicated "Pro Flow Fa-Sho Show" radio program.

Tickets available presale now for the September 19, 2021 event!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sweet-sounds-of-equality-concert-tickets-167080978705

The emcee for The Sweet Sounds of Equality benefit concert is Akron Ohio's own Mike "MaxHeat" Mosley.

Mike is the Director of Operations, Audio Engineer, Webmaster, Host, Remix Specialist, Motivational Speaker, Philanthropist, Songwriter, Vocalist, Lyricist, Radio Program Director, Audio Producer, Party DJ, On Air Personality and the lead performer for Millennium Music Mission (M3) Records (Ohio)!

This is Mike’s first, of hopefully many collaborations with the Society!

Mike is also the co-founder of M3 Records and the internationally syndicated "Pro Flow Fa-Sho Show" radio program.

Tickets available presale now for the September 19, 2021 event!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sweet-sounds-of-equality-concert-tickets-167080978705

For the first time in history, the grounds of the John Brown House will rock for equality, freedom, voting rights, and p...
08/21/2021

For the first time in history, the grounds of the John Brown House will rock for equality, freedom, voting rights, and progress at a special fund-raising concert sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio.

Starring Anne E. DeChant and featuring JT’s Electrik Blackout, Serrin Joy Music, and The Rhonda’s!

You will be guided on a musical journey unlike any other by emcee Mike “Maxheat” Mosley 🎙

Tickets are available presale for the September 19, 2021 event!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sweet-sounds-of-equality-concert-tickets-167080978705

For the first time in history, the grounds of the John Brown House will rock for equality, freedom, voting rights, and progress at a special fund-raising concert sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio.

Starring Anne E. DeChant and featuring JT’s Electrik Blackout, Serrin Joy Music, and The Rhonda’s!

You will be guided on a musical journey unlike any other by emcee Mike “Maxheat” Mosley 🎙

Tickets are available presale for the September 19, 2021 event!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sweet-sounds-of-equality-concert-tickets-167080978705

A fun time was had by all!We'll be posting more images from Rudy's 14th birthday throughout the weekend.Thank you to Edi...
08/20/2021

A fun time was had by all!

We'll be posting more images from Rudy's 14th birthday throughout the weekend.

Thank you to Edie and Christopher for making dog friendly popsicles, Akron-Summit County Public Library for providing "Stories with the Sheep" with librarian Becky, and all the Society volunteers and staff who assisted in the great celebration.

A fun time was had by all!

We'll be posting more images from Rudy's 14th birthday throughout the weekend.

Thank you to Edie and Christopher for making dog friendly popsicles, Akron-Summit County Public Library for providing "Stories with the Sheep" with librarian Becky, and all the Society volunteers and staff who assisted in the great celebration.

We're celebrating Rudy's 14th birthday during and after Farm Friday on August 20th starting at 10:30 a.m.Will the dogs o...
08/18/2021

We're celebrating Rudy's 14th birthday during and after Farm Friday on August 20th starting at 10:30 a.m.

Will the dogs or sheep wear birthday hats? You'll have to come to find out.

Cake will be served at noon.

The program is free and open to the public. Stories with the Sheep featuring our friends from the Akron-Summit County Public Library will also be happening on his celebratory day.

Learn more about the work of the dogs on Mutton Hill during this fun program featuring Edie and Christopher's oldest border collie.

08/12/2021

This moment has been a long time coming!

The video doesn't have a lot of sound but you can probably "feel" the intensity as you see the first vehicle drive up to the John Brown House using the new paved parking lot recently completed by Perrin as part of Phase III "Accessible to All."

Appropriately, the first person to come off the van is Dave Lieberth, Society director emeritus and past board chair who made the connections for the State of Ohio to select the restoration and renovations at the John Brown House for funding through three of its state biennium budgets.

We also love that Dave is checking his watch as he holds a tight schedule for Leadership Akron's Signature Class 38 during their Akron City Tour day.

Thank you to all who have helped make this happen! Once the project is complete, we look forward to sharing names of everyone who donated and supported it.

"John Brown was the most consequential man to live in Akron & Summit County," states Dave Lieberth, Society director eme...
08/12/2021

"John Brown was the most consequential man to live in Akron & Summit County," states Dave Lieberth, Society director emeritus.

Join him for a hike up to the John Brown Monument on Saturday, August 14th at 9 a.m.

We'll start from the Akron Zoo parking lot - enter off Euclid Avenue - and hike to the ridge that was once part of Mutton Hill, land owned by Col. Simon Perkins for grazing his Merino Saxony sheep.

Learn more about the abolitionist who led a small army to raid the federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry in an effort to end slavery in the United States.

The program is free and open to the public. Attending the hike does not include free admission to the Akron Zoo.

Please dress according to the weather and wear appropriate footwear for hiking on an uneven terrain.

Tour will occur rain or shine.

Today's Farm Friday for preschool through middle school children will focus on canal history.Programming starts at 10:30...
08/06/2021

Today's Farm Friday for preschool through middle school children will focus on canal history.

Programming starts at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will be split by age group with pre-K through first grade with our preschool instructor Anna, and older students with Dave and Reva from the Society's education outreach team.

You may also catch a glimpse of the working dogs on Mutton Hill.

Programming is free and open to the public.

Thank you to Jeremy Jenkins, Society's Artist-in-Residence, for designing today's event announcement.

Today's Farm Friday for preschool through middle school children will focus on canal history.

Programming starts at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will be split by age group with pre-K through first grade with our preschool instructor Anna, and older students with Dave and Reva from the Society's education outreach team.

You may also catch a glimpse of the working dogs on Mutton Hill.

Programming is free and open to the public.

Thank you to Jeremy Jenkins, Society's Artist-in-Residence, for designing today's event announcement.

Working Dog Wednesday - tonight at 5:30 p.m.Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an hour with the dogs on Mutton Hill!
08/04/2021

Working Dog Wednesday - tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an hour with the dogs on Mutton Hill!

The Society shares its condolences with the family of Shirley Fry Irvin, one of the 2011 Summit Awards recipients. Mrs. ...
08/01/2021
Remembering Shirley Fry Irvin, Akron tennis prodigy who conquered Wimbledon

The Society shares its condolences with the family of Shirley Fry Irvin, one of the 2011 Summit Awards recipients. Mrs. Fry Irvin passed away on July 16th at the age of 94.

Mrs. Irvin and her daughter, Lori, came to Akron that fall to tour the Perkins Stone Mansion prior to the awards ceremony. It was such an honor to learn more about her and the amazing journeys that tennis took Fry Irvin on over the years including winning every major open as a singles and doubles player.

The photo featured in today's Beacon Journal was the one the Society used in our awards booklet to connect with students. In the image, she had just won the Akron tennis tournament at the age of 13.

The Akron Beacon Journal may require a subscription to open the full article.

https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/2021/08/01/remembering-shirley-fry-irvin-akron-tennis-legend-and-wimbledon-champ/5427686001/

Hall of Famer Shirley Fry Irvin, who died July 16, was ranked No. 1 in 1956, won Wimbledon, U.S., French and Australian tournaments

Save the date: John Brown Monument Hike with the Akron Zoo on Saturday, August 14th at 9 a.m.Enter the Akron Zoo main ga...
07/28/2021
John Brown Monument Hike

Save the date: John Brown Monument Hike with the Akron Zoo on Saturday, August 14th at 9 a.m.

Enter the Akron Zoo main gate and then turn left to follow the signs to the back of the parking lot.

The event occurs rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking shoes as the access is at an incline and uneven.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-brown-monument-hike-tickets-165047626895

Learn more about the abolitionist who led a raid to end slavery in the United States and the monument to recognize him here in Akron.

Thank you to Janet, Society volunteer, for writing this inspiring column about Mary Wallace - Wally Funk and her legacy....
07/27/2021

Thank you to Janet, Society volunteer, for writing this inspiring column about Mary Wallace - Wally Funk and her legacy.

The Road Less Traveled…

Until July 20 when she accompanied Jeff Bezos on his Blue Origins space ship, Wally (Mary Wallace) Funk was relatively unknown to the world…but then she rocketed into space and into the future dreams of little boys and girls.

Prior to kindergarten, Wally tried to teach herself how to fly by wearing a Superman cape and jumping off the roof of her dad’s barn . . . onto a bale of hay. Her life has been dedicated to flight ever since.

Wally is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. She had first received her pilot's license and associates degree but was then drawn to the "Flying Aggies" to extend her opportunities. Her first job at the age of twenty was at Fort Still Oklahoma, where she was a civilian flight instructor.

In 1961, Wally and twelve other women went through testing as a part of The Women in Space Program. The Mercury 13 program was not officially run by NASA. It was created by NASA physician William Randolph Lovelace, who developed the physical and psychological tests used to select NASA’s first seven male astronauts for Project Mercury. The women completed physical and psychological tests that measured physical strength, endurance, and adaptability.

Before training was completed, the privately funded program was suddenly cancelled. Wally subsequently attempted to join NASA several times but ultimately was not selected. After six decades and 19,600 hours of flight time, Wally at the age of 82, became the oldest person to soar into outer space. (John Glenn was the previous record holder at age 77).

Her education and experience also paved the way for Sally Ride, Eileen Collins and Akron and Summit County’s own Judy Resnik, the second American woman and first Jewish person in space.

Other recognitions include:
1971- First women to successfully complete FAA General Aviation Operations Inspection Academy

2010- Inducted into Oklahoma State University Aviation Hall of Fame

2013- Inducted into Library of Congress

Aim for the moon, Wally! Aim for the moon!

This week's Farm Friday will focus on the Perkins Family. Free programming for preschool through middle school children ...
07/26/2021

This week's Farm Friday will focus on the Perkins Family. Free programming for preschool through middle school children begins at 10:30 a.m.

This image shows George Tod Perkins, second child and oldest son of Col. Simon and Grace Perkins, with two of his grandchildren, George P. Raymond (left) and Mary Perkins Raymond (later Yule).

Mary Perkins Raymond was the grandchild for whom the Akron Day Nursery was renamed the Mary Day Nursery when her grandfather made a donation for their first structure.

Mary's grandmother, Mary Rawson Perkins, was instrumental in forming the organization with her daughter, Mary Perkins Raymond, Mary's mother. Confused yet? There were 4 Marys in the family.

You know that organization today as Akron Children's Hospital.

It's summer and in Akron that means the All-American Soap Box Derby will be bringing families into town from around the ...
07/24/2021

It's summer and in Akron that means the All-American Soap Box Derby will be bringing families into town from around the nation and even the world.

Today's artifact of the day is a photograph from the 15th annual event with the final race held on August 10, 1952. The winner that year was 11 year old Joe Lunn of Thomasville, GA.

From this photograph taken in front of the Mayflower Hotel downtown Akron, we can use a number of clues to date the year from the event date on the car to the car style, it's driver - a relative of our dear friend Laura Lyn - the clothing, hats and store signs.

Good luck to all the racers in town this weekend for the 83rd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Race Week culminating today!

We would also like to give a shout out to Society members who serve as Honorary Board Members of the Derby:

Bob Troyer

Gregg Mervis

Bill Lowery

William Ginter

In Stow for the John Lewis Memorial Bridge dedication today at Steels CornersThank you to Society for Bill Stewart for h...
07/17/2021

In Stow for the John Lewis Memorial Bridge dedication today at Steels Corners

Thank you to Society for Bill Stewart for his efforts to record this very special event in Summit County history.

See our display at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the John S. Knight Center.  We're booth 119.The show is in town t...
07/15/2021

See our display at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the John S. Knight Center. We're booth 119.

The show is in town today, Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

It was great to see our friend Rose from Heart Creek Farm Creations who was a vendor at the Society's Mutton Hill Quilt Show from 2015 - 2017.

Happy 97th Anniversary to the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, OH! Today, to celebrate the momentous occasion,...
07/13/2021

Happy 97th Anniversary to the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, OH!

Today, to celebrate the momentous occasion, the Society partnered with Akron Municipal Court to host outdoor weddings.

Judge Nicole Walker married five couples on the Perkins Stone Mansion front porch with the sun peeking out between rain showers before and after the grand affair. The sheep were uninterrupted in their grazing on Mutton Hill.

The couples will now share a great bond with the Society making the day even more special.

Those being married came from near and far - just down the street to Myanmar.

Thank you to Denise Lundell, Katie Byard and Leianne Neff Heppner for their preparations at the Society and Judge Nicole Walker, bailiffs Laura and Dave and Nicole Hagy at Akron Municipal Court.

Best wishes and congratulations to the newlyweds!

On this date 97 years ago, members of the Cuyahoga - Portage chapter of the DAR filed the Incorporation papers establishing the agency in preparation of Akron's centennial the following year.

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550 Copley Rd
Akron, OH
44320

General information

The Summit County Historical Society manages and maintains the Perkins Stone Mansion, The John Brown House, and the Old Stone School. The Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House are available for tours beginning April 4, 2018, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. The Old Stone School on Broadway is a joint education venture with Akron Public Schools.

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About 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.

Tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House are available Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00pm, April 4 through December 22, 2018. The sheep will return to graze at Mutton Hill on May 12, 2018.

Our extensive collection of photographs and historic documents is housed at the Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Some documents from our collection are available for viewing online at the Summit Memory Project. To view pieces from our archival collection please contact the Special Collections Division at [email protected] or 330-643-9030.

The Women's History Project of the Akron Area is now a program of Summit County Historical Society.


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