If you enjoy learning more about local history, here’s a Facebook group you might want to search for: Akron Ohio Historical Buildings. Members post photos, both current and old, of buildings and homes in this area. They ask other group members questions and share information. It is impressive how much group members know and how enthusiastic they are. Even if you do not feel that you are knowledgeable in local history, it is still fun to see what shows up in this Facebook group; it is a good learning tool.
In addition to the Facebook group, here are a few books we recommend for the local history enthusiast:
Lost Akron is a new book by local historian Mark Price. Price has assembled a volume on all kinds of Akron places, including O’Neil’s and Polsky’s department stores; Springfield Lake Sanitarium, which housed many tuberculosis patients; the Richfield Coliseum, which was once home to the Cleveland Cavaliers and site of many rock concerts; and Norka Beverage, a local soda-maker which ceased operations in 1962. (The soda has recently been revived by various retailers.) Lost Akron’s storytelling is fun, informative, and will trigger many memories for longtime residents. Be sure to check out the Acknowledgements page – the library’s talented and bright Special Collections staff are thanked by name!
Lost Akron was preceded by another fun and fascinating book from Mark Price. The Rest Is History: True Tales From Akron’s Vibrant Past is a compilation of Akron Beacon Journal articles which Price wrote as an ongoing series titled This Place, This Time. It is a great browsing book, full of new information and old memories. The Blizzard of 1978, The Wolf Ledge (not Wolf’s Ledges, as many are prone to say), Cry-Baby Bridge, the legendary spooky site at Rogues’ Hollow in nearby Wayne County. There are so many great stories in this book!
Another good book for those who enjoy learning more about the area we inhabit is Walks Around Akron: Rediscovering A City In Transition. Published in 2007, a few things have changed but much remains the same. Writers Russ Mussara and illustrator Chuck Ayers published these pieces previously in the Akron Beacon Journal. They trace various walks which combine the present with bits of background and history. Walks Around Akron is an armchair travel book which invites the reader to get out and experience the local treks described in its pages.