History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Sir Harry Lauder

11 Mar , 2018  

A man once described by Winston Churchill as “Scotland’s greatest ever ambassador” included Mansfield among places he visited during his storied career.

At the time of his March 1916 visit, Harry Lauder was already the highest paid performer in the world. His visit took place at a time of increased anxiety in America, as the county was involved in arming the Allies in World War 1 but was still several months away from joining the fray. More…

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History & Tourism

The Bartley Boys: Mansfield’s Father & Son Governors

23 Feb , 2018  

As another race for Ohio Governor begins in earnest, local folks are looking on with keen interest.


After all, Richland County is an old pro when it comes to things gubernatorial — it was once the home of Ohio’s only father and son Governors.

It’s only happened a few times in American history – the governor of a state is succeeded by another family member. In the case of the Bartley boys, however, the uniqueness goes deeper than that. More…

All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Healing History: A Tour Of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

8 Feb , 2018  

With recent news in local media profiling improvements made at Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, including the addition of a second arena and a new entrance for the facility on Marion Avenue, we thought that we would reshare this post and set of photos taken by us during last May’s RichHistory Weekend:

As Sunday afternoon’s tour neared its end, guide Liberty Combs noted how fitting it was that the vision of industrialist Frank Black for an equestrian center is being carried forward, one hundred years later. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: The Ohio State Corn Show

3 Feb , 2018  

The competition was fierce as Columbus, Alliance, Marietta, Toledo, Fostoria, Marion, and Mansfield vied for the prize – host city for the 1914 Ohio State Corn Show. At the 1913 show in Lima, the winner was announced, and Mansfield was chosen.

Amazingly, both the 1913 and 1914 Corn Shows took place in the dead of winter – mid to late January. Still, thousands attended such events. More…

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All About Mansfield

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Women’s Club Building

28 Jan , 2018  

There are a handful of structures standing in Mansfield today that very much “connect the dots.” These buildings tie important eras in the city’s history together, serving therefore as important landmarks that continue to inform and inspire.

One such building sits at 145 Park Avenue West, known locally as The Women’s Club. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Renaissance To Celebrate Anniversary With Weekend Long Celebration

26 Dec , 2017  

In a blizzard on January 19, 1928, the Ohio Theatre opened on Park Avenue West in Mansfield. Ninety years later, the venue was renamed the Renaissance Theatre following a purchase and major restoration in the 1980s and has been continuously operated since as a performing arts organization and venue. The Renaissance will celebrate its 90th Anniversary on the weekend of its opening, January 18 through 20, 2018. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield: Louis Bromfield And Christmas

24 Dec , 2017  

There is no question that Pulitzer Prize-winner and Mansfielder Louis Bromfield was a fan of the holidays.

During the period of time that author Louis Bromfield lived there, Malabar Farm was an active place during the Christmas season. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays

Colonial Christmas To Be Held In South Park

24 Nov , 2017  

The Blockhouse will be bustling with holiday activity on Saturday, December 2, as the Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) hosts a Colonial Christmas.

From 2-6 pm, stop by the Blockhouse for an 18th Century Christmas. Enjoy hot apple cider, cookies, and conversation with historical reenactors displaying period accouterments and music. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Catch A Glimpse Of Hidden Mansfield Architecture

30 Oct , 2017  

In 2012, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. joined statewide organization Preservation Ohio in hosting the Forbidden City Tour. On a warm June afternoon, several downtown buildings, rarely open to the public, were available for tours. Hundreds attended.

Tour participants that day included a contributor to the Abandoned blog, Sherman Cahal. Cahal took the his camera along for the occasion, and captured several interesting views of several buildings. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Join The First Families Of Richland County

30 Oct , 2017  

Are you a descendant from one of the pioneer families in the Mansfield area? And, perhaps just as importantly, can you prove that connection?

If so, you could be eligible for membership in that limited number of individuals who are members of the First Families of Richland County. Sponsored by the Richland County Genealogical Society, this is a lineage society that honors members whose ancestors who lived within the original boundaries of Richland County before December 31, 1840. More…

History & Tourism

Vintage Mansfield Photo Collection Accessible Online

15 Oct , 2017  

UPDATE: With our increasing number of daily readers, we’re re-running this post about a collection of vintage local photographs that can be viewed from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone that some may have missed.

Through a partnership with the Cleveland Memory Project, an online location for thousands of Cleveland area photographs sponsored by the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, the Mansfield Richland County Public Library has set out to connect Mansfielders with their past. More…

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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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