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A 136-Foot-Long Diorama Leads To The Study Of A Dentist Who Wrote Westerns

Drive 15 minutes east from Zanesville on the U.S. 40 National Scenic Byway to Norwich, Ohio, and you’ll polish off my third and final “hidden gem”: The National Road and Zane Grey Museum. At this Ohio History Connection site, discover … Continue reading

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In A “Tawny Yellow” Library, The Husband Of Another Elizabeth Butler Helped Win The Great War With Books

I’m over the top not only about “Tommies,” but also about doughboys, because I’m related to one. In the summer of 1917, my grandmother and great-grandfather took the train from Columbus to Chillicothe, Ohio to visit my great-great uncle, Charles … Continue reading

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Are You As Over The Top About “Tommies” As I Am?

Articulate. Brilliant. Fascinating. Incredible. A living legend. Read what former students of Jefferson D. Futch III, professor emeritus of history at Washington and Lee University, have to say about him and you’ll soon get the idea that he was one … Continue reading

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How Are You And “Bob” Spending The Summer?

As I stocked the shelves of my Little Free Library, Mike sauntered up as my first customer. “What should I take with me on my trip to Wisconsin?,” he asked. I pulled the copy of Dan Brown’s Deception Point from the … Continue reading

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Forget Thee, Dr. Rogers? No!

It was July 2008, and I was having a really rough time.  For encouragement, I carried around two emails I had just received that made me feel better whenever I read them. One was from Dubliner. The other was from … Continue reading

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A Clover Nook Evokes Memories of Two Sisters

In 2003, Ohio celebrated 200 years of statehood by casting bronze bells and painting a colorful bicentennial logo on barns in each of the state’s 88 counties. Vehicles with a redesigned license plate traveled the state’s highways and byways, passing … Continue reading

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A Philadelphia Shopping Trip Helped A Governor Check Out Ramona

“This day the first stone for the foundation of the new State House was dropped in the Public Square; from the Waggens.” So noted Zechariah Mills, State Librarian of Ohio, in his weather log for May 16, 1838, a day … Continue reading

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