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Wooster Digital History Project

Welcome to the Wooster Digital History Project! Drawing upon the resources of the College of Wooster Special Collections, the Wayne County Historical Society, and the Wayne County Public Library--as well as the memories and expertise of local observers and historians--this site explores the fascinating history of Wooster and its environs.

We began this project in the summer of 2013.  Our summer 2015 research team worked to develop four app-based walking tours of Wooster. 

Our newest exhibits from summer 2015 cover the 1879 murder of John Tormie, Downtown Wooster in the 1880s, the Underground Railroad in Wooster, and the 1969 flood.

We make no claims to a comprehensive or representative history. These exhibits are just a start of an ongoing project to document our history and explore the experiences of local inhabitants. Our hope is that will continue to grow to tell old stories and new. 

Follow the exhibits link. Here, you will find short narratives from Wooster history with old documents, photographs, oral history interview clips, and video clips of observers and experts. Open your eyes to the fascinating history of this small city and its institutions.

We hope in the future to add a Guest Book for comments and corrections (as well as suggestions and additional stories we haven't yet heard). For the present, don't hesitate to share your thoughts on our Facebook page .