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Is Mansfield The Next Pizza Capital Of The World?

21 Feb , 2017  

The online world can be a rather unusual thing here in the second decade of the 21st century. With the increasing demand for content, a number of sites have arrived which literally “manufacture” content out of, well, limited ingredients.

Speaking of which, we ran across this headline at 1812Blockhouse earlier this week, and it obviously caught our eye – “The Ohio Town That’s The Next Pizza Capital Of The World.” When we saw the gazebo in the top photo, well, we had to read on. More…


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February Is For Fun, Food, And Valentines

8 Feb , 2017  

Hearts, candy, romance, and snow are all in the air for February.  Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out, an outdoor adventure for the whole family, or a day in the snow, Destination Mansfield – Richland County has the place to find it all. Plan that special outing or purchase event tickets to make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Theatre lovers might opt for the gift of tickets. The Mansfield Playhouse presents the play “Men are Dogs” in late February and early March. For a little romance, The Mansfield Symphony swings with this tribute to the greatest Big Band music of all time in MSO Pops: When Swing was King, also featuring the NEOS Dance Theater, at the Renaissance Theatre (Feb.18). More…


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The Day The President Visited Mansfield

5 Feb , 2017  

It may have been the first visit to Mansfield by an incumbent President of the United States, that crisp autumn day in 1890. Others had certainly visited, including Rutherford B. Hayes, but that had taken place during his term as Governor of Ohio and before he was elected President.

President Benjamin Harrison, who was in the middle of his single four year term, was undertaking a 2,700 mile journey making stops in some seven states, including Ohio. As he came across north central Ohio, his train took the Big Four Railroad from Indianapolis to Galion, then north to Crestline where it transferred to the Pennsylvania Railroad to return to Washington D.C.. More…


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Invented In Mansfield

2 Feb , 2017  

Our recent posts on the homes of Mansfield industrialists and businessmen has suggested that we again look back at some of the city’s remarkable manufacturing history.

One hundred years ago, this area was an economic powerhouse that helped fuel the national economy. Given Mansfield’s industrial base, it was only inevitable that some products would be developed or marketed here with “staying power.” Mansfield’s Tappan Company was the first to unveil a microwave for home use (in 1955), for instance. The electric retreader for tires was invented here in the 1930s, and the decade earlier saw the arrival of the Klondike Bar. What would you do for a Klondike Bar? More…

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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Kern House

30 Jan , 2017  

Prolific architect Vernon Redding, who was undoubtedly the busiest Mansfield architect in the early decades of the 20th century, designed many of the local landmarks we have profiled in this series. He was also extremely versatile, as evidenced by the wide variety of styles in which he designed residences, commercial buildings, schools, and churches.

Late in the first decade of the 1900s, Redding became interested in the new Prairie School style of architecture, a movement born in the Midwest and whose most famous proponent was Frank Lloyd Wright. The Prairie Style emphasized horizontal lines, with residences featuring “…horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, solid construction, craftsmanship, and discipline in the use of ornament” according to Wikipedia.

In 1910, Redding was commissioned to design a house for Rufus Avery Kern. What resulted is one of the area’s best examples of Prairie School architecture and a true local landmark on Park Avenue West. More…

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Welcome To Destination Mansfield – Richland County

29 Jan , 2017  

Change is in the air as 2017 begins, and a new logo and other updates which recently appeared on the website of the award-winning local convention and visitors bureau signals a new day for marketing area tourism assets.

For over a year, planning has been underway to package those efforts under a new name. Gone online is the name “Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau,” and in its place is the new “Destination Mansfield – Richland County.” More…

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REACH Holding Planning Meeting

13 Jan , 2017  

Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) will be holding a yearly planning meeting on Saturday beginning at 2:00 PM. This meeting will be opened to all members, those wishing to be members and all interested. More…

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Grand Re-Opening Party At The Carrousel

13 Jan , 2017  

There’s a party happening downtown on Saturday, and you are invited.

Richland Carrousel Park will be holding a Grand Re-Opening Party from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with food and fun to share. Chef Lucille will be grilling hot dogs for $1.50 each, and making nachos for only $2.00. Chips, pop, and popcorn will also be available for $1 each. Also on hand will be cotton candy for $2.00, and old-fashioned soda for $2.50. More…

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A January With Lots To Do

11 Jan , 2017  

The Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau is spreading the word — January and wintertime need not be all about staying inside the four walls of home and work. As they shared:

“With snow coming down, don’t try to beat it. Come outside and embrace the fun the snow brings to Mansfield Ohio! Create your personal Snow Day with hiking, art & wine, family fun, and live theatre. More…


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Malabar Farm Announces 2017 Event Lineup

5 Jan , 2017  

The amazing place which is Malabar Farm State Park will host a number of activities through the coming year. This week, the Park announced details and dates for the following events. Additional information for each can be found at this location online.


  • An Evening with Just Jazz Live & Friends
  • Richland Health – Winter Hike for Health



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Nature Room Opens At Little Buckeye

21 Dec , 2016  

On Tuesday, a new addition to Little Buckeye Children’s Museum was unveiled which will provide a new addition to the museum’s exhibits.

The updated Nature Room features interactive displays designed to entertain and inform. Funding was provided by the Phillips Family Foundation.

Below are posts by Little Buckeye and the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, which was on hand for the ribbon-cutting. More…

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Element Of Art Spotlighted By Mansfield/Richland County CVB

17 Dec , 2016  

On the evening of the Community Christmas Tree lighting several days ago, dozens of people were walking around Richland Carrousel Park and adjacent streets. For those who were lucky enough to walk by Element of Art, located in their unique space at the corner of West Fourth and North Main, invitations were extended to enter that space for performance art taking place.

Throughout the year, Element of Art Studio and Gallery does just that – invites people in to experience art in a variety of ways. More…

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18th Century Holiday Happens Despite Cold

16 Dec , 2016  

Despite chilly weather outside, the temperatures were hospitable inside as the Richland Early American Center for History hosted an 18th Century Holiday event at The Blockhouse in South Park. More…

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Eighteenth Century Christmas Planned

10 Dec , 2016  

Ever wondered how many current holiday traditions have their roots in the ways that previous generations of Americans commemorated the Christmas holiday?

Here’s one way to gain some insight into that question. Richland Early American Center for History, or “REACH,’ will be presenting an Open House and “18th Century Christmas Celebration” next week. More…

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