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Portrait of Mrs. R.J. Smith, who coordinated the effort to create "comfort bags" for departing soldiers, circa 1918 

Ephraim Quinby, Jr., one of Wooster’s richest and most prominent citizens in the late 19th century. He not only led the effort to build the University, but donated the land for the new school.

Title of an article announcing the Surrender of Lee's army. Appeared in the Wooster Republican on April 16, 1865.

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Article about Salvastine Salvatore and his son coming to Wooster with the help of Joseph DiGiacomo and Dominico Piscinelli, Appeared in the Wooster Daily News on April 25, 1910.

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Article informing that Serafino Zarlengo was building a new house on Palmer Street. Comments on the neighborhood of the East End, calling it a "pleasant surprise." Appeared in the Wooster Daily News on August 27, 1910.

This article from the Wooster Daily News describes how the vote to make Wayne a dry county resulted in the closure of the saloons in the cities surrounding Wooster.

This photo from the Agricultural College Extension Bulletin demonstrates an innovative piece of technology sold in Wayne County starting in the mid-Nineteenth century - the plank drag.

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Akron Beacon Journal front page announcing the armistice that ended WWI, November 11, 1918

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Akron Beacon Journal coverage of 146th Infantry's return following WWI, compiled on a scrapbook page

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A Daily Record article entitled, "Housing is Rated Number One Problem of Wooster's Negroes," discussing the prevalence of housing discrimination in Wooster

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A 1964 Daily Record article entitled, "Wooster Negro Buys a Home - Ten Year Story Has a Happy Ending," that tells the story of Richard "Dick" Morrison Jr. and his struggle to buy a home in Wooster

Most of Wooster’s residents in the early nineteenth century lived in small log cabins similar to the one pictured with two rooms and a fireplace for heat and cooking.

Andrew Carnegie wrote personally to President Holden once he was informed that the University met his requirements. He pledged to follow through by paying $100,000 and said his cashier would send the check.

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D.L. Freedlander would have been on a similar wagon to this when he first set his sights on Wooster and decided to establish a store.

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Herman Freedlander, far right, grew up helping his father at the store and began working there at the age of twelve.

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The original Freedlander’s was well known for men’s clothing, including hats, jackets, and pants.

A Civil War reenactor at Hale Farm demonstrates the use of a 19th century musket.


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The Civil War Memorial near the entrance to the Wooster Cemetery.

Photograph of historical actor at Hale Farm demonstrating candlemaking techniques.

Photograph of pioneer home at Hale Farm

Photograph of a recreation of a pioneer kitchen at Hale Farm

Photograph of recreation of pioneer kitchen at Hale Farm

Photo of Masonic temple on N Market St

Photograph of the Eagle Lodge on Beall Ave

Photo of masonic symbol outside of Ebenezer lodge on N Market St

Photograph of the Elk Lodge at 335 N Market St

Photograph of a grave showing a symbol for the Grand Army of the Republic.

Photograph of Gerstenslager grave showing masonic symbol.

Knights of Columbus lodge at 132 S Buckeye St

Photograph of Theo Staub grave showing symbols for Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, and Eagles
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