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Posted over 5 years ago by April S

Guest post by Benji Katz

Ever heard of the Toledo War? Find out how a border dispute between Ohio and Michigan gave the buckeye state its fourth largest city and spawned the fiercest rivalry in college sports. Want to know how the Glass City got its name? Learn about innovators like Michael J. Owens, who found a way to mass produce glass for a budding nation with a thirst for bottled beverages and longing for electric light bulbs. Discover all of the tales Toledo holds in its history books at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library with our vast collection of local sources and archives.

Explore Sight and Sound or the Edrene Cole Collection for personal accounts from Glass city community leaders.

Care to see for yourself? Visit our Images in Time database to access an extensive collection of historic photographs of Toledo and its surrounding areas. Or check out our Time After Time collection via Ohio Memory.

If you have an interest in family history, visit our experts in the Local History and Genealogy Department for access to a wealth of resources including obituaries, historical documents and genealogical information.

For more of an investigation into Toledo’s history and culture you may find the Toledo Stories and these selections fascinating:

Lost Toledo / David Yonke
The Toledo War : the first Michigan-Ohio rivalry / Don Faber
The glass city : Toledo and the industry that built it / Barbara L. Floyd
Legendary locals of Toledo by Barbara L. Floyd
Toledo : the 19th century / Barbara L. Floyd - Images of America series
Toledo : the 20th century / Barbara L. Floyd - Images of America series
Toledo : our life, our times, our town : 1800s-1950 Toledo, Ohio / John R. Husman, editor ; Kelly J. Norwood, project manager ; Sara E. Welborn, creative director/graphic designer
Historic photos of Toledo / text and captions by Gregory M. Miller

Featured Image Credit: Toledopanoma by Aric Lorton via Wikimedia Commons, published under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.


About Benji Katz:

Benji is pursuing his Master's degree in Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University. He enjoys reading poetry, studying history as well as listening to and playing music in genres ranging from Jazz to Rap to Rock n’ Roll.

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