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As a starting point for this, my newest book, I visited at least one museum or historical site in every one of Northeast Ohio. Much of what I found never made it into the book itself, so here are the travel logs for many of these museums containing all the information left out. You can buy my book HERE.
Hardly a romantic figure, this robber and murderer terrorized the seas and no one at the time had anything good to say about him. It took an ambitious colonial governor to do something about him.
Thinking himself wanted for killing a man who in fact had lived, this frontiersman across the Appalachian Mountains and there become a noted frontiersman credited with saving Daniel Boone's life. One of the most notable events of his life was his capture and torture by the Shawnee, who sentenced him to death.
Jailed for fraud, writing bad checks, and impersonating others, Donald Thompson was also a talented photojournalist who during World War I used his less savory skills to visit parts of the battlefield from which most reporters were forbidden.
Shanghaiing, the kidnapping of mariners and forcing them to sail against their will, occurred all around the world and peaked from about 1850 to 1915. No class of men could escape its grip, and U.S. laws made sailors wards of the state--legalized indentured servants!
This explores the many myths about Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie, including the fact he neither held the rank of commodore nor did he win the battle because of great seamanship or strategy.
In which we learn how the Yellow Peril (the fear that China or Japan or both would take over the West) inspired one of the most famous and successful science fiction comic strips of all times, Buck Rogers.
Ebenezer Zane, a hunter by trade, was born in Virginia in 1747, founded and lived in Wheeling, WV, and from this location managed to build Zane's Trace and layout Bridgeport, Ohio. Land he owned along Zane's Trace became Zanesville and Lancaster, Ohio. He was an Ohio pioneer by proxy.
Henry Ford once bought his own railroad to serve the Ford Motor Company. Yet he found it a difficult venture because of the draconian Interstate Commerce Committee, which made it nearly impossible for him to make a profit.
In the months before the U.S. Civil War ended, a desperate Confederacy decided it would end slavery in exchange for economic and military aid from Europe, an idea first proposed and later represented by Duncan Farrar Kenner.
This tells the story of one the most successful American privateers during the American Revolution, Gustavus Conyngham, who received his first commission and orders from none other than Benjamin Franklin.
Americans have always had a bit of an addiction to collecting souvenirs both during memorable events and tragedies. This article explores the history of this.
Johnston Farm and Indian Agency

Piqua, OH
Alpine Hills Historical Museum Ashland County Historical Society Beaufort History Museum Belgium Berkeley County Museum & Heritage Center Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Carillon Historical Park Chagrin Falls Museums Charles Towne Landing Charleston Museum Cleveland History Center Clyde Museum Dennison Railroad Depot Museum Fairport Harbor Museum & Harbor Fort Sumter Garfield Heights Historical Museum Garst Museum Guernsey County Historic Museum Hale Farm & Village Harpers Ferry Hoover Historical Center Indian Museum of Lake County International Spy Museum Johnston Farm and Indian Agency Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center Liberty Aviation Museum London Lorain County History Center & The Hickories Lyme Village: Pioneer Days Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum Malabar Farm Maltz Museum of Jewish History McLeod Plantation Historic Site Michigan Renaissance Festival Mid-American Windmill Museum National Great Blacks in Wax Museum National Museum of the Great Lakes National Museum of the U.S. Air Force National Road & Zane Grey Museum Oberlin Heritage Center Ohio History Center Museum Old Economy Village Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum President James A. Garfield House Rotary Jail Museum Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library Sauder Village Schoenbrunn Village Shaker Historical Museum The Smithsonian Stan Hywet Hall & Garden SunWatch Indian Village Thurmond and Nuttallburg, WV Ukrainian Museum-Archives USS Cod Victorian House Museum Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites Warther Museum Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio White River Light Station Wood County Museum Zoar Village