All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Chief Harper To Be Inducted Into Civil Rights Hall Of Fame

24 Sep , 2017  

Former Mansfield Police Chief Lawrence Harper, who passed away last year, will be among those honored by induction into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission has announced.

The ceremony will take place on October 5 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. Harper is one of four inductees, the other being Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert H. Jones, the Marching Mothers and Children of the 1954 Hillsboro Fight for Integration, and Moses Fleetwood Walker. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Jayne Mansfield

21 Sep , 2017  

In our second installment of our new “When Mansfield Welcomed” series, which looks at well-known visitors to Mansfield and Richland County over the last two hundred years, we are pleased to re-post our popular story about the visit of actress Jayne Mansfield which we posted on June 29, 2017, the 50th anniversary of her tragic passing.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of an American actress, a lady with a very familiar last name and who paid at least one visit to Mansfield and Richland County.

It was on the night of June 28/29, 1967 that Jayne Mansfield and her attorney were killed on a car trip from Biloxi, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana. More…

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History & Tourism

Ohio Heritage Days Festival At Malabar Farm

21 Sep , 2017  

Take a trip to the past this weekend as Malabar Farm State Park hosts the 41st Annual Ohio Heritage Days Festival and In the Spirit of Friends Antiques & Primitives Show.

From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday, the Festival will include crafts, antiques, primitives, antiques tractors, horses, food, live music, a Civil War & Buck Skinners Camp, and archaeological displays (Sunday only). More…

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History & Tourism

Oktoberfest At Mohican

20 Sep , 2017  

A beautiful outdoor setting, live music, 100 varieties of beer, food and more could only mean one thing. Oktoberfest has returned to Mohican! The Friends of Wolf Creek Grist Mill will host the largest fundraising event of the year on Saturday, September 30, from noon until 11:00 PM. This incredible fundraiser is full of food, raffles, beer, wine, games and entertainment. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

18 Sep , 2017  

NOTE: In honor of Sunday’s service commemorating the 100th anniversary of its landmark building, we are again sharing this Landmarks of Mansfield post we shared this past April.

For the last 100 years, the 125 feet high towers of the landmark St. Peter’s Catholic Church have themselves done double duty, standing sentinel over the central part of Mansfield while at the same time encouraging passers-by to look in a heavenly direction.

The 1889 church and current St. Peter’s, shortly after the latters’s construction

The building sits near an intersection that has been home to a Catholic church and school for almost seventeen decades. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

The Legacy Of What May Be The Last Johnny Appleseed Planted Tree

18 Sep , 2017  

We live in Johnny Appleseed country. The relationship between the pioneer American nurseryman and the Mansfield area is well documented and commemorated today in many ways – from shopping centers to scenic byways.

Johnny Appleseed’s legacy lives on in other parts of Ohio and the country. Some months ago, we shared a story about one person’s efforts to identify the actual resting place for John Chapman, his legal name. That post can be accessed here. More…

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History & Tourism

Great Mohican Pow-Wow Returns

14 Sep , 2017  

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow returns in two weeks for its 33rd year.

For three days, September 15, 16, and 17, Mohican Reservation Campground and Canoeing will be busy with traditional Native American ceremonies and activities. Rated as a top 100 show in the United States, this event is taking place in July and again this coming September. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Sunny Summer Saturday

10 Sep , 2017  

Saturday saw several events in the Mansfield area. Here are photos, video, and social media posts from the Living History Days at South Park, hosted by the Richland Early American Center for History, and the Spherion13er downtown. Click on any image or video for a larger version, or to see the original post. More…

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1812Blockhouse, History & Tourism

Living History Days

9 Sep , 2017  

A beautiful late summer day for Living History Days in South Park. Come on out and join us! Click on image for a larger version.

Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Fifth And Walnut

6 Sep , 2017  

The vintage brick residence in downtown Mansfield is officially known as 159 North Walnut Street. Many locals, however, know it as the house at “The Corner of Fifth and Walnut,” the name of author M. Eileen Levinson’s autobiographical work profiling her childhood there in the 1920s and 1930s. More…

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History & Tourism

Weekend Event To Provide Window To The Past

4 Sep , 2017  

This coming weekend, Mansfield’s South Park will act as a time machine of sorts, giving contemporary men, women, and children the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of late 18th century and early 19th century America.

Hosted by the Richland Early American Center for History, Living History Days will take place on Saturday, September 9 from 10 AM to 5 PM, and again on Sunday, September 10 from 10 AM until 4 PM. The event is free to the public. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: John Philip Sousa

3 Sep , 2017  

With this post, we begin a new series called “When Mansfield Welcomed.” Each time, we will look at the visit of a well-known individual or group to this part of Ohio. We begin with a musician whose reputation remains strong almost a century after his death.

The scene must have been extraordinary. The venue was the brand-new Memorial Opera House, a 565 seat auditorium situated in what was later the site of the Madison Theatre, and is now the parking lot of the Solders and Sailors Memorial Building on Park Avenue West. More…

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