The American Dream: Kit Houses of the Early 20th Century

April 8, 6 p.m. via Zoom. Explore the phenomenon of the early 20th century answer to housing and achieving the American Dream, the kit house! Learn about the most commonly found American manufacturers and the fundamentals of identification. You will also become acquainted with using a (free!) digital resource to aid in finding these homes in your travels.

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City of Shelby awarded grant to digitize records dating from 1863

SHELBY, OH – The City of Shelby has been awarded a $2,967 grant through the Ohio History Fund to digitize and transcribe approximately 5,800 pages of city council minutes, incorporation records and ordinances dating from 1863 through 1934.

The 13 volumes containing these records are fragile and grant funds will pay a professional digitization company to complete the work. The goal of the project is to make the information in these primary sources accessible, as they record details about Shelby’s incorporation as a town; the industrialization period; and 1921, when the city and charter were formed. History of the town’s industrialization will be of interest to the public as well as historians wishing to further document history.

The project sponsored by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission will involve partners Marvin Memorial Library and the Richland County – Shelby Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Once scanned, the images will be uploaded to the Ohio Memory Project. Genealogy chapter volunteers will transcribe any handwritten minutes. This Project is made possible in part by the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection.

Do you have an ancestor who served in the military or at Wilkins Air Force Depot? Nominate him or her for the Deceased Military Veterans Lineage Society.


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