A fascinating collection of Ohio’s historic small town newspapers has been digitized and added to the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” website.
You can read a front-page poem about the injustices of British rule over Ireland in the Lower Sandusky Freeman from 1849, a long account of a meeting with George Washington in the 1836 Carroll Free Press, and see an ad from Dr. Brown of Pittsburgh who specialized in “private venereal diseases brought on by imprudence, youthful indulgence and excess” in the Plymouth Advertiser from 1853.
The Ohio History Connection said the newspapers were digitized with a $248,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The latest editions will join 40 other papers, and 200,000 pages, published between 1845-1922. Because they are digital, the newspapers are searchable, making it possible to look for family members by name as well as other records.
“Through this program, the Ohio History Connection is making it easy for Ohioans to access their history through the pages of local newspapers,” said Jenni Salamon, project coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio.