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World War I Commemoration 2017 Events

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Akron and Summit County Enter World War I

Opening Monday, April 3, 2017

Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio

Summit County Historical Society opens its exhibit "Akron and Summit County Enter World War I," located in the main lobby of the Summit County Courthouse.

World War I at Stan Hywet

April - December 2017

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, Ohio

April - December 2017, guests to the estate may take a tour of the Manor House, viewing artifacts and articles from F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling's oldest son, Fred Seiberling, who served in France during World War I, from 1917-1918. A new permanent exhibit, The Seiberling Legacy, highlights the family's legacy including its contributions to both World Wars. Visit www.stanhywet.org for hours of operation.

University of Akron World War I Displays

Opening Tuesday, April 18, 2017

University of Akron's Archival Services located in the Lower Level of the Polsky Building in downtown Akron

Archival Services of University Libraries at the University of Akron displays : "Documenting Our Doughboys," located on the first floor of Bierce Library, features historic letters and photographs from local soldiers. "Mary Gladwin and the Great War," located in Archival Services on the Lower Level of the Polsky Building in downtown Akron, showcases historic World War I photographs, letters, diaries, and medals of Akron nurse Mary E. Gladwin. Also on display in Archival Services, is the display "Highlights from the Greatest History of the World War" which includes numerous scrapbooks featuring rare World War I newspapers, periodicals, and artworks published during the war."

Free admission for veterans and members of military service

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

10am-4:30pm

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, Ohio

To show appreciation and gratitude to all veterans and members of the military for their service, please visit the Estate on Veterans Day for a complimentary admission and self-guided tour of Stan Hywet, including the Manor House, gardens, Gate Lodge and Corbin Conservatory. With this year marking the centennial commemoration of the United States entering World War I, we also remember those in our community who served their country during the Great War just as the Seiberling's eldest son, Army Lieutenant John Frederick Seiberling. For more information, please visit www.stanhywet.org.

Film screening: For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (2010)

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

2pm

Akron-Summit County Public Library, Maple Valley Branch, 1187 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44320

A screening of the 2010 PBS miniseries For Love Of Liberty: The Story Of America's Black Patriots. Gain an unprecedented look at the experiences and accomplishments of African Americans in the military, and learn why a group of heroic men and women would fight for the freedoms of others that they themselves were not able to enjoy. Hosted by Halle Berry, with an introduction by Colin Powell, and featuring the voices of Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby, Danny Glover, John Travolta, and many more. Included in the film is a poignant section dedicated to black servicemen and women of World War I, a timely presentation during this 100th anniversary of the Great War. For questions, call 330.864.5721 or maplevalley@akronlibrary.org


2018 Events

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Past Events

Discovering Your Military Ancestors

Saturday, August 5, 2017

9:30am-4pm

Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio

Military historian Eric Johnson and accredited genealogist Michael Strauss will discuss researching the military service of ancestors, including a session dedicated to researching World War I servicemen and women.

Mind, Body & Sole Summer Reading

Begins Monday, May 29, 2017

Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio

Mind, Body & Sole summer reading/exercise program begins. Reading guide available for World War I-themed resources and activities

"History Hikes"

May 23 and 30 (7-9pm) Glendale Cemetery, June 13 (11:30am-1pm) Wingfoot Lake Park, and July 11 (7-9pm) Liberty Park Amphitheater

Walking tours highlighting World War I-related themes throughout Summit County. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Summit County Historical Society and Summit Metro Parks.

Vintage Days

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Noon-4pm

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, Ohio

As part of Vintage Days at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Visit with partnering agencies to discover more about Akron's role at the time, view artifacts and listen to stories from business associates of the Seiberling family about life at the time at the Stan Hywet estate. At 1:30pm, join the special program "Akron Goes to War: 1914-1918" presented by Dr. Kevin Kern, Associate Professor of History at The University of Akron. For more information, please visit www.stanhywet.org/events/vintage-days.

History Hike

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

11:30am-1pm

Polsky Building, 225 S. Main Street, Akron, Ohio

Downtown walking tour highlighting World War I veterans. Meet in the lobby of the Polsky Building off High Street. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Summit County Historical Society and Summit Metro Parks.

Official Commemoration Event

Monday, April 3, 2017

11:00am

Charles Goodyear Park, 174 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio

Akron and Summit County's Official Commemoration of U.S. Entry into World War I. Sponsored by Summit County Historical Society.
Speakers: Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, State Senator Frank LaRose
Music: Brass ensemble
Presentation of colors: Summit County veterans


To submit Summit County World War I commemoration events to this page, please contact us at info@summitwwi.org